Sanders tweeted the following after he found out he was one of 25 players who got invited:
“Just found out I got selected to work out/try out for the USA Basketball Team this summer! Such an amazing honor. Glory be to God.”
The 24-year-old made quite the stride in his third season in the NBA. Sanders improved greatly in all facets on offense and defense. In fact, he finished third in the NBA Most Improved Player voting behind Paul George and Greivis Vasquez.
George deserved the honor after his outstanding season, but to be perfectly honest, Sanders appeared to be the more improved player of the two. He went from being completely non-existent to being a blocking machine that opposing team’s had to game plan around. In fact, his 2.83 blocks per game ranked second in the league behind only Serge Ibaka. Sanders also went from a big man on the court that had no purpose to someone with a very bright future in Milwaukee.
The Florida native will have a great opportunity to show how talented he truly is when he appears in the Select Team camp. He will undergo three days of training and exercise that will be topped off with a USA Basketball Showcase game on July 25. This is a chance for him to be a part of something special when Team USA plays in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sanders averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.8 blocks and 27.3 minutes per game in 71 contests (55 starts). That is quite the step up from his 3.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during the 2011-12 season.