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It's Been a Crazy Summer for Team USA
15 spots. 1 chance for world glory. The 2019 FIBA World Cup is here and the United States is hungry for victory.
Or are they?
With the World Cup being the 2nd most anticipated world basketball tournament (behind the Olympics), most people would think players would be excited to play for the USA and try to bring home the gold. However, the opposite seems to be true. A group of popular players including Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, and even Zion Williamson have all dropped from Team USA within a month of the World Cup starting. This left behind a seemingly low-level roster led by young players eager to prove themselves on the international stage.
But, who exactly is on it? Don’t worry. Here’s the updated roster:
- Kemba Walker, PG, Boston Celtics
- Harrison Barnes, SF, Sacramento Kings
- Jaylen Brown, SG, Boston Celtics
- De’Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings
- Joe Harris, SG, Brooklyn Nets
- Kyle Kuzma, SF, Los Angeles Lakers
- Brook Lopez, C, Milwuakee Bucks
- Khris Middleton, SF, Milwuakee Bucks
- Donovan Mitchell, SG, Utah Jazz
- Mason Plumlee, C, Denver Nuggets
- Marcus Smart, PG, Boston Celtics
- Jayson Tatum, SF, Boston Celtics
- P.J. Tucker, SF, Houston Rockets
- Myles Turner, C, Indiana Pacers
- Derrick White, PG, San Antonio Spurs
It seems like a hodgepodge group for sure, but I think this team has the legs to go the distance. In recent practices, guys like De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum showed their incredible skill sets and aggressiveness that made them candidates for this team in the first place. And with some former Team USA guys (Barnes and Plumlee) leading the way, this team is sure to go deep into the world cup and bring home a medal for the USA.