Team USA Basketball announced the finalists for the 2020 Summer Olympics roster on Monday afternoon. There are 44 players on the list.
Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young was not among them. The second-year All-Star point guard is one of the most-notable “snubs” from the list.
Young, of course, was not going to make the Summer Olympics team. There are several point guards ahead of him in the pecking order. Still, it’s surprising that Young wasn’t at least invited to the team’s minicamp.
The All-Star point guard could eventually be part of a USA Basketball Olympic team. It would be valuable for someone like Young to get Team USA experience, even if it’s just at the minicamp.
Congrats to these 44 Players, and to the 12 that make the Roster….🇺🇸 https://t.co/rMvEDK6FV6
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) February 10, 2020
Young, who was voted in by the fans as a starter in the 2020 All-Star Game, admitted that he was “hurt” by the snub.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hurt by seeing it,” Young said, per Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Obviously I would have wanted to play on the team.”
Young is having an incredible season stats-wise. He’s averaging 29.7 points, 9.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Hawks are one of the worst teams in the NBA, though, at 15-40 on the season.
Team USA will announce its 12-team roster in June. The Summer Olympics begin on July 24.