We knew Bradley Beal would attend USA Basketball's mini-camp in Las Vegas starting on June 28. Now the entire 19-man roster. From this group, 12 players will represent Team USA in Spain for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in August
As expected, the list does not include John Wall. There has been speculation about the Wizards' point guard receiving an invitation following Russell Westbrook decision to sit out this cycle and Derrick Rose's uncertain knee injury status.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told reporters he would like to have a 15-man roster set by the end of camp with the final 12-man squad set before the team heads overseas in late August. The World Cup begins on August 30. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski remains the head coach.
Along with Westbrook, other members of Team USA's program are sitting out include LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Here's a positional breakdown of the 19-player roster:
Bigs: Demarcus Cousins (Kings), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Kevin Love (Timberwolves)
Small forward: DeMar DeRozen (Raptors), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Paul George (Pacers), Chandler Parsons (Mavericks)
Wing guard: Beal, James Harden (Rockets), Gordon Hayward (Jazz), Kyle Korver (Hawks), Klay Thompson (Warriors)
Point guard: Stephen Curry (Warriors), Kyrie Irving (Cavs), Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers), Derrick Rose (Bulls)
Barring the unforeseen, Davis, Griffin, Love, Durant and George are locks in the frontcourt. Same for Harden, Curry and Irving in the backcourt. Rose or Lillard would be the third point guard. Drummond probably gets in over Cousins.
That would leave two spots open and both probably go to those on the wings. Specifically, those who can shoot from beyond the international 3-point line. Charles Barkley among others consider Beal and Thompson to be the two best young shooting guards in the league. Hayward, Parsons and DeRozen look to be in the back of that pack.
The Beal versus Thompson debate could have a new chapter this summer. Seeing as he could still receive an invite, we'll see if Wall's USA Basketball story requires an edit as well.