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Wall, Irving named to Team USA’s “Select Team”

May 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando Reuters

From Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will have a busy July representing team and country in Las Vegas.

The presumptive NBA Rookie of the Year not only will lead the Cavs’ summer-league squad, but also help prepare the U.S. Olympic basketball club as it readies for the Summer Olympics in London.

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo confirmed that Irving will receive an invite to participate on the U.S. Select Team, which acts as a sparring partner for the Olympic team and serves as a pool of talent from which future international sides will be drawn.

Irving averaged 18.5 points and 5.4 assists in his rookie campaign, and shot an impressive 46.9%/39.9% from the field and the 3-point line. Irving, who was born in Australia, will not play for Australia’s Olympic team, because he hopes to represent Team USA in future Olympics and World Championships.

Wall, the 2010 #1 pick, averaged 16.3 points and 8.0 assists last season, but his liability of a jumper is still holding him back, as he shot just 42.3% from the field and an abysmal 0.071% from beyond the 3-point line.

Even with Derrick Rose out for the Olympics with a torn ACL, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul will likely keep both Wall and Irving from making this summer’s Olympic roster, but there’s a good chance one or both of them will make the 2016 team if they keep working on their games.

  1. borderline1988 - May 3, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    .071% from the 3pt line?
    Wow, I knew he wasn’t a good 3pt shooter, but not that bad.

    Did you mean 7.1%?
    To shoot .071%, you’d have to make about 1 shot for every 140 that you take…

    7.1% is still pretty brutal, that’s 1 out of every 14 you take…yikes.

    • sega98 - May 4, 2012 at 6:54 AM

      Check it on NBA site.It says 0.071%.

    • abchome - May 4, 2012 at 7:49 AM

      Wall made 3 of 42 three in 2012. Yeah that is 1 of 14, or 7.1%.

      BTW it’s actually 1 of 1400 for 0.071%…

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