Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson are the Future of USA Basketball

By Ryan Heckman
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The USA Olympic basketball team is in the process of selecting its future potential stars, and in recent news they have invited Denver Nuggets teammates Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried. The teammates were two of 27 players selected to head to Las Vegas for the minicamp and join the roster.

Lawson is one of the more underrated point guards in the league with tremendous speed and the ability to get to the basket very quickly. With some star players electing not to play in recent years, Lawson would be a fine addition to the squad at either point guard or even shooting guard at times.

Last season, Lawson averaged 16.7 points and 6.9 assists which were both career highs. Each year in the league he has improved in some way, shape or form and is only getting better. Entering his fifth season, all with the Nuggets, an experience like this will likely improve him even more and light a fire beneath him to become even better.

Faried, on the other hand, is one of the most exciting players in the league. A somewhat undersized power forward at 6’8”, Faried makes up for that with his leaping ability and physical play. He has shown the ability to be a force in the paint both offensively and defensively.

Shooting over 55 percent from the field last year, Faried averaged 11.1 points per game. He also gave Denver 8.6 rebounds and put up 31 double-doubles on the season. The biggest highlight of his year came when he was selected the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend, scoring 40 points and grabbing 10 boards.

The future of the USA Basketball team is bright. There are tons of young stars like Faried and Lawson joining the squad this summer. Other notable names include Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.

The full list of players can be found on and features many great, young players. As for the Nuggets’ two stars, they can feel both confident and honored for the opportunity and look to take full advantage of it starting this summer.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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