The USA Men’s Basketball team just got done making its first round of cuts. I must say, the names released did not really catch me by surprise.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced on Monday evening that guards John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Paul Millsap were sent packing from the team. Wall and Beal never really got the grasp of Coach K’s system and Milsap — who was a late edition to the team — wasn’t figured to stay around long anyways.
So, where does this leave the men’s team now? Well, they still have a wealth of talent, with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Stephen Curry leading the way. Those are the three certified locks to accompany the team to Spain.
After those three, it’s a toss-up. Anthony Davis is expected to make the cut because America needs size. After Paul George’s nasty injury, Kenneth Faried, and DeMar DeRozan are figured to make the cut as well.
But the big question mark here is Derrick Rose. Before George’s injury, Rose was the highlight of the scrimmage on Friday night. He looked a lot like the old Rose we have grown accustomed to watching. He sprinted up and down the court, made tough jumpers, and drove into the lane with ferocious intensity. If he continues to play this way, he will be on the final roster.
My predictions for the next round of cuts: Kyle Korver, Andre Drummond, Gordon Hayward, and Damian Lillard will be the next ones to go. DeMarcus Cousins is too talented, Chandler Parsons is too versatile, and Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson are too good of shooters to be left off of the final team.
However you add it up, this year’s FIBA world cup figures to be painted in red, white, and blue yet again.