Ever since it started to take international basketball seriously again about a decade ago, the United States has embraced ?American Exceptionalism? full on when it comes to roster formation. Who cares about a traditional frontcourt, USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo has reasoned, when you can slot Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James or Kevin Durant at the four? So, for the last three major international tournaments, the U.S. brass has thrown conventional basketball wisdom out of the gym, trotted out its best players?regardless of position?and laughed all the way to two Olympic gold medals and a world championship. Which brings us to Team USA's final roster for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. Four perimeter players?Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, and Kyle Korver?were cut. Kept were bigs DeMarcus Cousins, Mason Plumlee, and Andre Drummond, along with DeMar DeRozan, an oversized guard. What does this new embrace of size mean? Well, it?s certainly not a good sign. Unlike at recent tournament, the U.S. seems to be reacting to its opponents and retreating into the confines of the traditional basketball roster. With the Americans more vulnerable on the international stage than they?ve been in years, Colangelo has accepted the notion that the Americans need to play the matchups. While this new development has more to do with who?s missing from the U.S. squad?namely LeBron, Carmelo, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, and Kevin Durant?it?s also a result of growing talent abroad. Here?s a closer look at five teams that, in the coming weeks, could take out the United States.