New look roster for Team USA basketball for 2014 FIBA World Cup
Only one member of the gold medal winning Team USA roster from the 2012 Olympics, New Orleans Pelican’s Anthony Davis, will be on the roster when Team USA takes the court in Spain for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. The new 27-man roster will be training in Las Vegas from July 22-25.
Duke Blue Devils’ coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has committed to coach Team USA through the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, will be coaching a young, fast, big, and talented roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Pelicans’ big man Anthony Davis will be joined by the rest of the 2012-2013 all-rookie first-team, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters. Waiters is joined by teammate Kyrie Irving and fellow rookie Tyler Zeller, and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond from the all-rookie second team.
According to USA Today, Coach Krzyzewski and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo have expressed concerns about the USA’s size in international play. In order to address this, they have put together a tough, athletic group of big men to lead the way. In addition to Davis and Drummond, the frontcourt is highlighted by Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins , and Drummond’s teammate Greg Monroe. LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Pelicans’ forward Ryan Anderson provide a veteran presence.
The backcourt also contains some highly skilled players in addition to Beal, Irving, and Lillard. Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar Derozan, Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, Wizards guard John Wall, and Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday lead a fast, young, veteran group.
CBS Sports notes that Paul George of the Pacers and the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard are also on the roster.
The new roster is very dynamic with a combination of speed, athleticism, shooting, and intelligence, but the youth of the roster can be a concern. Conley is the longest tenured player with six seasons in the NBA. Chairman Colangelo has repeatedly noted the importance of commitment to USA basketball for international play.
With a bevy of talent, Team USA looks to continue its dominance on the world stage.