Team USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced the 20 players who will be attending the August 5-9 training camp. The news comes via an official press release from USA Basketball. Training camp is used to prepare for and select the 2019 USA World Cup Team.
So who may be representing the USA at the World Cup? Here are the confirmed players:
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
James Harden (Houston Rockets)
Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
CJ McCollumm (Portland Trail Blazers)
Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers)
Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks)
Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets)
Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
PJ Tucker (Houston Rockets)
“We’re pleased with the players who will be attending the 2019 USA Basketball National Team Training Camp, and we feel we will be able to select a strong team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup,” Colangelo said via the press release. “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.”
The head coach of the team will be Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs. Head coaches Steve Kerr and Lloyd Pierce of the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks respectively will serve as two of the assistant coaches. College coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats will also be an assistant coach.
“I am excited about getting to training camp in August and working with all of the players that have been selected to attend the USA National Team training camp in Las Vegas,” Popovich said via the press release. “We’ve got an excellent cross-section of veteran USA Basketball and NBA players, as well as some exciting younger players who possess amazing versatility.”
The 32-team FIBA World Cup will begin August 31 in China, with Team USA playing in Group E with the Czech Republic, Japan, and Turkey. The full schedule can be found here.
The United States sends a talented team, but last season endured several big stars skipping out. LeBron James and Steph Curry were the two biggest to skip out. Kawhi Leonard also declined, as did Draymond Green.