Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was added to the USA Basketball Select squad for the second consecutive summer along with fellow rookie Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls). The Select Team practices against Team USA and features a group of young NBA players and occasionally college stars.
USA Basketball announced 13 players on the 2014 Select squad on Tuesday: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).
“USA Basketball’s Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. “The members of the USA Select Team will play an important role in helping prepare the USA National Team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.”
Members of the Select Team will train in Las Vegas with the USA National Team July 28-31. The 2014 FIBA World Cup takes place in Spain from Aug. 30 – Sept. 14.
USA National Team members who are confirmed to participate in the 2014 Las Vegas training camp include: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors.
The first USA Select Team was created in 2007 and featured young NBA-ers Andre Iguodala, Al Jefferson, David Lee and J.J. Redick. The 2008 USA Select Team included future All-Stars Durant, Iguodala, Love, Rose, Russell Westbrook and LaMarcus Aldridge.