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The biggest name to miss out as superstars headline stacked Team USA roster for Paris Olympics

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Jalen Brunson was snubbed by his country.

The point guard, arguably the best player in the Eastern Conference this season — and certainly the best guard — was left off the 11-man Olympic roster revealed Tuesday by ESPN.

The U.S. guards are Tyrese Haliburton, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Stephen Curry. Of that group, Curry and Haliburton have yet to win a gold medal.

Brunson, who has had a better NBA season than all those players, was on the U.S. World Cup squad last summer that disappointed and failed to medal.

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He was outplayed during the tournament by Haliburton, but coach Steve Kerr said recently he was “high on our list” for the Paris Olympics.

Apparently not high enough.

The other players to make the cut are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Anthony Edwards, Bam Adebayo and Anthony Davis while Kawhi Leonard was later revealed on Wednesday to be the final addition to the roster.

Josh Hart was also part of the Olympic pool after participating in the World Cup but wasn’t a serious contender for a spot in Paris.

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Brunson, meanwhile, closed his landmark NBA season with another Player of the Week honor after averaging 38.5 points over the final four games.

It was the fourth time this season Brunson won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week and fifth since joining the Knicks — the most for the franchise since Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks went 4-0 in the final week. Brunson shot 51 percent, including 50 percent from beyond the arc.

He’s also the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March.

But he’s not on the Olympic team.

TEAM USA ROSTER, according to ESPN:

LeBron James (Lakers), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Kevin Durant (Suns), Joel Embiid (76ers), Anthony Davis (Lakers), Devin Booker (Suns), Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves), Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Jrue Holiday (Celtics), Bam Adebayo (Heat), Tyrese Haliburton (Pacers), Kahwi Leonard (Clippers)

This article first appeared on The New York Post and was reproduced with permission.

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