It’s been a pretty eventful few months for the USA’s international basketball roster and not in a good way. All offseason, star players have slowly dropped out of camp for the FIBA World Cup team, causing the roster to look much worse than the Dream Teams that we’ve been used to. That was put in the spotlight Wednesday during a scrimmage against the LA Select team where Team USA was absolutely battered.
Just look at that roster; several players aren’t even in the NBA and the only household name is head coach Jeff Van Gundy. They doubled up on a Team USA roster featuring Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and head coach Gregg Popovich. Of the 11 players on the Select Team, only four have played more than 10 games at the NBA level, led by Justin Anderson who’s averaged 5.3 points during his 216 games.
The only explanation for this is that Popovich was running point instead of Kemba? Or maybe Jaylen Brown and Kyle Kuzma were tied together like a three-legged race? Maybe Mason Plumlee… was just Mason Plumlee? Regardless of what happened out there Tuesday, it looks like Team USA is due for a colossal disappointment at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.