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John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap cut from Team USA’s World Cup roster

Aug 4, 2014, 7:59 PM EST

John Wall, Paul Millsap, Cartier Martin John Wall, Paul Millsap, Cartier Martin

John Wall always faced an uphill climb to make Team USA’s World Cup roster over his personal rival, Kyrie Irving.

Unlike Irving, Wall didn’t make the initial American player pool.

Unlike Irving, Wall didn’t play for the national U18 team.

Unlike Irving, Wall didn’t play for Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski in college.

In the end, it was too much for Wall to overcome. He’s one of Team USA’s first set of cuts, a list that also includes Wizards teammate Bradley Beal and Hawks forward Paul Millsap, another late addition to the player pool.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The roster is now down to 15 players.

Alphabetically:

And by position:

Rough prediction: The final cuts will be Faried, Thompson and DeRozan to get the roster down to 12. But I don’t think Jerry Colangelo stops there. Select-team center Mason Plumlee – another former Duke player under Krzyzewski – is probably the favorite over Cousins.

That would leave Team USA with plenty of talent, the ability to play three-guard lineups and enough small-ball fours. It’s a heck of a team when Wall, Beal and Millsap are relatively easy cuts.

The next trimmings shouldn’t be so straightforward.

  1. antistratfordian - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    “It’s a heck of a team when Wall, Beal and Millsap are relatively easy cuts.”

    That’s a stretch.

  2. chicitybulls - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    I say the next cuts will be Faried, DeRozen and Cousins.

  3. rajbais - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Well, at least they didn’t get hurt.

  4. imakcds - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    looking at this list, I’d say this team NEEDS Faried and what he brings to the court.

    • florida727 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      I agree. No “power forward”? Will make for some interesting matchups potentially. Although truth be told, when you look at it objectively, how can anyone argue with any of the roster moves they make? All of these guys are athletic freaks of nature. You could easily make an argument for any of them to stay that ultimately get/got cut. Still, BY FAR, the best basketball talent on this or any other planet.

      • bball242322 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        You obviously haven’t seen Space Jam then…the Monstars would destroy Team USA

      • imakcds - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        all the talent in the world, but still a team game, with specific roles NEEDING to be taken. ALL winning teams need a worker like Faried.

  5. benjamincharlesparho - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Too bad that Kevin Love would fit perfectly on this roster.

  6. innovativethinking87 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    PBT would keep Hayward over Thomson? Interesting

    So Lillard survives over Wall which is correct

  7. general74 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    You would cut Thompson and Derozen over Korver you are nuts.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Given the elite talent that the team will have starting at point guard, the shooting guard rotation is going to be mostly focused on perimeter shooters, not shot creators.

      Thompson and Korver are both much, much better 3-point shooters than DeRozan.

      It’s not necessarily about the overall quality of players. It’s about how they fit on a roster that has a point guard rotation 4 All-Stars deep.

  8. thomaskouns - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Sometimes successful & winning team building is about how the pieces fit together.

  9. eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    The three I see being cut are DeRozan, Drummond (terrible free throw shooter whom smart teams will intentionally foul), and Gordon Hayward.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Point guard: Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose (3)
      Shooting guard: James Harden, Klay Thompson (2)
      Small forward: Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver (2)
      Power forward: Kevin Durant (he’s a PF in international play), Kenneth Faried (2)
      Center: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Mason Plumlee (3)

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        Zone defense is very common in international play, and if I were coach K, and I’d try out a Curry – Thompson – Korver – Durant – Davis lineup as the ultimate “zone killer.”

        4 elite 3-point shooters with a super agile big man in the middle.
        Almost impossible for any zone defense to guard effectively.

  10. rudolphcory - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Point guard: Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard
    Shooting guard: James Harden, Klay Thompson
    Small forward: Kevin Durant, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver
    Power forward: Kenneth Faried
    Center: Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins

    Cuts: Irving, DeRozan, Hayward.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Irving won’t be cut.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      They won’t cut Irving.

  11. mtx1992 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Aren’t Klay Thompson and DeMar DeRozan shooting guards?

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Don’t bring facts into the equation!!
      lol

      • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Unless your name is Sportsfan18!

  12. philswfc08 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    “I’ll take Kyle korver over Klay Thompson”
    – Said by no basketball coach ever.

  13. stl333 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    PG has 4 players that are elite. The SF has a couple that are good but I wouldn’t call great. Small ball with tons of speed. But still can play 4 & 5 with great players.

  14. stl333 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    PG has 4 players that are elite. The SF has a couple that are good but I wouldn’t call great. Small ball with tons of speed. But still can play 4 & 5 with great players.

  15. lazegowizfan95 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Thib’s aint like my boys Wall and Beal lol

  16. divan22 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Remember when John Wall said the Wizards had the best backcourt in the NBA?

    Something tells me Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will keep laughing about that at their next Team USA practice.

  17. atahualpaoxford - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    I can see the US playing for bronze…

  18. saint1997 - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Get that chip on your shoulder Washington – it’s gonna be a fun year

  19. kavika6 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    This team worries me a bit. At least we still have Durant.

  20. ravenswhat - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Wall is better than both lillard and kyrie. What a garbage cut. Kyrie you can argue but there is no way lillard is better than wall.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Look on the bright side: Wall will not have a chance to get hurt.

  21. tubbman27 - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Are we really considering taking white guys?

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