Versatility: Another point of emphasis for the coaching staff was to field the most flexible team possible. The way to do that was to take a team to Turkey that was filled with players who could play multiple positions. Westbrook is one of the best dual threats available with his ability to play point guard and shooting guard, while his rebounding and defensive skills allow him to serve as the third guard in some three-guard lineups. Rondo, meanwhile, loses much of his effectiveness without the ball in his hands, and his poor shooting becomes a burden if the ball is swung to him on the wing.
Fit: In Derrick Rose and Chauncey Billups, Team USA has two extremely capable floor generals. Keeping Rondo and Westbrook would have been overkill. But Westbrook's mix of other talents allows him to play off the ball and form a quality guard rotation, with the fourth guard, Stephen Curry or Eric Gordon, being a shooting specialist. Together, the final roster affords coach Mike Krzyzewski a better opportunity to exploit defenses.