Despite not having as much firepower as it did in the past, the United States men’s basketball team is looking strong as it prepares for the FIBA World Cup.
On Friday, USA Basketball held an exhibition to help decide which players would remain for the World Cup. It didn’t take long for the coaching staff to trim down their roster.
It’s not loaded with All-Star talent, but the team does feature a bunch of young playmakers.
The 17 players that will continue training for Team USA Basketball are Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley, Jaylen Brown, De’Aaron Fox, Joe Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Mason Plumlee, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, P.J. Tucker, Myles Turner, Kemba Walker, and Derrick White.
Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell are expected to be the top players on this year’s team.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo preached patience when discussing potential roster cuts, saying “We’re bringing a couple of young players from the Select Team so we’re going to be patient with the rest of the squad because we have plenty of time, we have two weeks to decide who will be the final 12.”
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 10, 2019
The two players cut from the senior roster were Bam Adebayo and Thaddeus Young.
Although the team currently holds 17 NBA players, both Kyle Lowry and Marcus Smart are nursing injuries. If they aren’t ready in time for the World Cup, then it would leave the coaching staff with only three more roster cuts.
Which 12 players do you think will represent Team USA?