Team USA Shortens Roster List to 17, 5 More Cuts Remain Ahead of FIBA
It’s most definitely been a trying Summer for Jerry Colangelo and his Team USA rookie head coach, Gregg Popovich.
The FIBA World Cup is less than a month away and the American roster is finally starting to take shape despite a larger number of dropouts than ever expected. While the James Hardens, Damian Lillards, and Anthony Davises won’t be present for this year’s American run, Team USA Basketball remains confident ahead of the World Cup.
Confidence doesn’t waver when the third and fourth wave of talent is exactly that – talent. Talented enough to not only contribute on the NBA level, but to reach All-Star status.
That being said, Team USA has unveiled the 17 finalists that stand a chance to crack the 12 man roster. Ahead of their exhibition games in Australia, the Americans will cut two more names after which three more players will get sent home once the tournament roster is shortened to its 12 individual limit.
As currently constructed, the roster includes:
- Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
- Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings
- Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
- Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
- De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
- Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
- Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers
- Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks,
- Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
- Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets
- Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
- Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
- Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
- PJ Tucker, Houston Rockets
- Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
- Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
- Derrick White, San Antonio Spurs
Lowry remains a question mark as he continues to rehab his thumb injury post surgery. PJ Tucker and Mason Plumlee are a couple names on the bubble who may end up being cut ahead of the FIBA World Cup.