Team USA’s roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup is beginning to take shape after Brooklyn Nets wing Cameron Johnson committed to the team on Thursday.
Ten NBA players have now agreed to play in the 32-team tournament Aug. 25-Sept. 10 in the Philippines. Of the 10, only four have been All-Stars, and the average age of the roster is 24.5.
The All-Stars on the World Cup roster so far are Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Anthony Edwards, Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton, New Orleans Pelicans wing Brandon Ingram and Memphis Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr.
Joining them are New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson, Johnson’s career-long teammate Mikal Bridges, Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Austin Reaves, Milwaukee Bucks big man Bobby Portis and Utah Jazz All-Rookie center Walker Kessler.
Brunson, Bridges and Reaves had breakout seasons in 2022-23. After helping the Dallas Mavericks make the Western Conference Finals in 2022, Brunson averaged a career-high 24 points and 6.2 assists per game on 49.1% shooting, including 41.6% from three.
Reaves’ 13 ppg on 52.9% shooting and 39.8% from three, followed by a deep run in the playoffs in which he averaged 16.9 points, is enough for people around the NBA to think he can command $20 million per year in free agency.
After being traded from the Phoenix Suns to Brooklyn with Johnson in the Kevin Durant deal, Bridges emerged as a No. 1 option as he averaged 26.1 points for the Nets.
Source : Mesengger