USA Basketball announced its 34-player roster for the national team’s minicamp, which begins on Aug. 11 in Las Vegas.
Eight new players—Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, Michael Carter-Williams, Mike Conley, Draymond Green, Tobias Harris, DeAndre Jordan and Victor Oladipo—join what was already an impressive group of Americans.
LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul highlight the current members of the squad, which contains a slew of other elite NBA players. Blake Griffin, DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, John Wall, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard are also on the roster.
The U.S. team won the 2014 FIBA World Cup but has no international competition this year. Minicamp is a chance for the players to build a bond for 2016, when the Summer Olympics take place in Brazil.
Without a doubt, the members of USA Basketball have a sterling reputation to uphold. The United States has earned a gold medal in the last two Olympics, five of the last six and 14 of 18 overall.
However, especially with no tournament this year, exiting minicamp without a serious injury to an NBA star is paramount. Last season, Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George sustained a broken leg during the camp-ending scrimmage and missed a strong majority of the 2014-15 campaign.
The USA Basketball Showcase will occur on Aug. 13, and hopefully it will end without incident.
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