Nuggets Paul Millsap Selected To USA Basketball Men’s National Team

13 Juin, 2019, 23:14 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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NBA scoring champion James Harden and star center Anthony Davis were among 20 players named Monday by USA Basketball to its national team camp for this year's Basketball World Cup.

Colangelo added, "The majority of these players possess prior USA Basketball experience, and we know all of them are committed to representing their country and doing so in the manner expected by USA Basketball". "We've got an excellent cross-section of veteran USA Basketball and NBA players, as well as some exciting younger players who possess awesome versatility.Selecting a 12-man team will be extremely hard".

"We've been watching a lot of players during the NBA season and the six players we've added to the national team roster we feel are deserving of being part of our national team program". The roster will be pared to 12 for the World Cup, which starts August 31.

The group also includes five players who are Olympic gold medalists including Harrison Barnes (2016), Davis (2012), Harden (2012), Love (2012) and Kyle Lowry (2016).

Tatum has three FIBA gold medals already, as he helped US to wins in the U19, U17, and U16 world titles. Popovich will be assisted by Golden State's Steve Kerr, Atlanta's Lloyd Pierce and Villanova's Jay Wright this summer. The U.S. enters the 2019 World Cup as the No. 1-ranked team and two-time defending champion. The three selections make the Houston Rockets the only team with more than two representatives.

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Gordon was the Rockets' second-leading scorer this postseason with 17.8 points per game, up from 16.2 ppg during the regular season. And even if Tatum gets cut from the final roster, practicing with USA Basketball sure beats practicing with Kobe.

Following the Las Vegas camp, which concludes with a USA Blue vs. The tournament also acts a qualifier for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The American squad will continue its World Cup preparations Aug. 19-24 in Melbourne, Australia, and play a pair of exhibition games versus Australia on Aug. 22 and Aug. 24 at Marvel Stadium. The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup takes place in China from August 31 through September 15.

Millsap just completed his 13th season in the National Basketball Association and his second with the Denver Nuggets, where he played an integral role in improving the team's defense and helping Denver reach the conference semifinals for the first time since 2009. United States of America will compete in Group E against the Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey before the knockout stage begins.

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