Open Thread: Three Spurs are finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team

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All twelve members of last summer’s FIBA World Cup Team made the list of finalists being considered for the 2020 Olympic Men’s Basketball team. In addition, thirty-two other high profile players have made the list.

Per USA Basketball:

Featuring 29 players who have played for the USA in Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup competitions and who together have collected 31 Olympic or FIBA Basketball World Cup gold medals and four bronze medals, the 44 finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team include: Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat); LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs); Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns); Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat); Mike Conley (Utah Jazz); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers); DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs); Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets); Paul George (L.A. Clippers); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Montrezl Harrell (L.A. Clippers); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers); Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics); Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers); Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans); Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets); LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); JaVale McGee (Los Angeles Lakers); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers); Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers top the invite list with five players a piece. The Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Nets, and Pacers each have three names on the list. Those NBA seven teams represent over half of the finalists invited to participate.

Ironically, many of the players listed are not currently playing due to injury. Meanwhile, the Spurs have remained healthy overall this season.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will serve as the leader of Team USA. Assistant coaches Steve Kerr of Golden State, Lloyd Pierce of Atlanta, and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright.


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Open Thread: Three Spurs are finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team
Open Thread: Three Spurs are finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team

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