USA Basketball announced a 44-player pool for the 2020 Men’s National Team that will compete at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer and among the finalists listed are Malcolm Brogdon, Victor Oladipo, and Myles Turner.
All three have been involved with USA Basketball in the past, but Turner arguably has more of an inside track after having played on the World Cup Team in China. Despite coming off a disappointing seventh-place finish, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, per ESPN, has made sure to emphasize that he wouldn’t forget “who you thought you were going to war with” and “who didn’t show-up.” Of course, it remains to be seen whether Colangelo will hold fast to that vow now that several top-tier players, who didn’t play for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup, have expressed interest in representing their country at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Turner started every game of tournament-play for Team USA last summer and had a strong individual performance in the Second Round against Brazil, in which he recorded 16 points and eight rebounds, but he struggled operating out of the middle against zone coverage and was basically rendered non-existent by France’s Rudy Gobert and the decision to play small-ball in the Quarter-Finals.
Among the other centers vying for a spot on the 12-man roster are 2019 World Cup teammates Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee as well as former Olympic gold-medalists Anthony Davis (2012), Draymond Green (2016), Dwight Howard (2008), and Kevin Love (2012).
Brogdon, meanwhile, surprisingly wasn’t named as a late add in the wake of last summer’s widespread withdrawals, and Oladipo was unable to attend mini-camp due to injury. Both guards, however, were members of the 2016 Select Team that trained against Team USA in the run-up to Rio.
Here’s the full list of players as announced by USA Basketball, which you’ll notice also includes Miami’s Bam Adebayo who was among the first players cut from the 2019 World Cup team and has now since been named as an All-Star:
Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat); LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs); Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns); Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat); Mike Conley (Utah Jazz); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers); DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs); Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets); Paul George (L.A. Clippers); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Montrezl Harrell (L.A. Clippers); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers); Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics); Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers); Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans); Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets); LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); JaVale McGee (Los Angeles Lakers); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers); Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).