Both have been involved with USA Basketball in the past, but it is nice for the players and Pacers to get this recognition. While national NBA writers continually expose themselves as box score/highlight (at best!) observers of the Pacers when trying to explain the team’s surprising season, it is nice to see actual basketball people notice the Pacers current and future foundation.
Introducing the 2018-20 USA Basketball Men's National Team pool:— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) April 6, 2018
1⃣7⃣ Olympic gold medalists
3⃣0⃣ returning members of the USA Men's National Team pool
3⃣5⃣ athletes in all
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From the 35-player pool, the 12-player roster for the 2019 USA World Cup and 2020 U.S. Olympic teams will be selected. Oladipo is certainly trending toward a spot on at least one of those rosters. While that is not the case for Turner, the just-turned-22-year-old will certainly benefit from the experience and exposure to competing in the USA Basketball program.
Here’s the full roster announced by USA Basketball which you’ll notice, also includes IU/North Central legend, Eric Gordon:
Named to the 2018-20 USA National Team are: Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks); Bradley Beal(Washington Wizards); Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns); Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves); Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies); DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors); Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder); Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Blake Griffin(Detroit Pistons); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers); Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics); Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers); Chris Paul (Houston Rockets); Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Myles Turner(Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).