Team USA today named its pool of 28 tall and athletic American humans from which it will pick the teams to take over the world one basketball court at a time, specifically for this year’s World Cup of Basketball (formerly the World Championships) in Spain and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
And the Warriors have not one, not two, not three, but four players who made the cut. That’s an NBA best, which obviously means the Warriors are the best team at being American.
Steph Curry (who might be part of even more good news later today when All-Star starters are announced) and Andre Iguodala are among the 14 players who have previous national team service. Curry played on the 2010 World Championship squad. Iguodala won gold with the team in London in 2012.
David Lee and Klay Thompson are among 14 players that are newcomers to the national team. In a not-so-stunning turn of events, Kent Bazemore was not chosen for the team. But don’t worry, that doesn’t make him any less of a great American.
Here are the 28 Americans in the pool who will be asked to defend American hardwood glory or else face banishment to Tasmania:
Kyle Korver (!!!)
According to ESPN, LeBron, Chris Paul, and Carmelo are expected to sit out the World Cup. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love have already committed to playing this summer, and James Harden could soon follow suit.
Based on reputation alone, Curry and Iguodala have reasonable chances of having their names called this summer. Curry’s game fits very well with the international style of play, while Iguodala gives the team a crucial lockdown perimeter defender. Thompson and Lee, however, will probably have to play their way onto the final roster.