Last year at this time, the NBA was grinding to a halt thanks to the pandemic which would also end up canceling the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. A year later, USA Basketball is prepping for the now 2021 Summer Olympics which will begin in late July.
On Thursday, 57 players were announced as finalists for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Team, including Pacers starters, Myles Turner and Malcolm Brogdon. Both players were among the 42 players previously tabbed to be a part of the USA Basketball national team process.
Brogdon’s prior experience with Team USA was as part the Pan American Games team in 2015 and part of the 2016 select team that trained with the 2016 Olympic team.
Turner was part of the Men’s 2019 World Cup team which finished a disappointing seventh place. That team was 6-2 overall and Turner started all eight games at center. He played 19.1 minutes, scored 7.6 points per game, grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game. and blocked 1.8 shots per game.
While both players are considered long shots to make the team, the training and tryout process make for great offseason work against other elite talent around the league.
Victor Oladipo was also on the finalist list.
Domantas Sabonis will likely play for LIthuania, although the Lithuanian team still has to qualify via a FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament in late June.