Ten days ago, the Deseret News asked readers to project the 2008 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, which was announced Monday by USA Basketball.
In an online poll posted June 14, the names of the 33 NBA players comprising the U.S. Select men's roster used to determine the Olympic squad were listed, with poll participants invited to select the 12 they would chose to play at the Beijing Olympics.
So, how did the 333 entries fare against the actual picks?
Nine of the top 12 vote-getters were actual Olympic team selections (see accompanying box), with the top five being LeBron James, Deron Williams, Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer and Chris Paul.
And the three erroneous picks? Instead of the Beijing-bound trio of Chris Bosh, Jason Kidd and Tayshaun Prince, poll participants preferred Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce and Lamar Odom.
Actual '08 Olympic team selections (alphabetically): Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Tayshawn Prince, Michael Redd, Dwyane Wade and Deron Williams.
Deseret News online poll top 12 selections (votes received): LeBron James (292), Deron Williams (289), Kobe Bryant (288), Carlos Boozer (286), Chris Paul (283), Dwight Howard (269), Amare Stoudemire (207), Dwyane Wade (199), Paul Pierce (181), Carmelo Anthony (164), Lamar Odom (146) and Michael Redd (140).