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What four players left likely to get cut from Team USA roster? Things don’t look good for Andre Drummond.

Aug 18, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

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The math is pretty simple: There are still 16 guys on the Team USA roster as they head to New York for a week of training camp and “friendlies.” There can only be 12 guys on the roster when Team USA opens play in Spain for the World Cup on Aug. 30. Four guys have to go.

So who gets cut?

Let’s work this in reverse: Coach Mike Krzyzewski seemed to have an eight man rotation that he likes based on who played Saturday night vs. Brazil. That rotation has Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis as the starters. (Even if Faried ultimately does not start he seems a lock to make the team now.) After that five Klay Thompson, Rudy Gay and Kyrie Irving got big minutes. Those eight guys seem a lock and are guys who will get regular minutes.

After that Mason Plumlee got 15 minutes at the end of the game and played well (he shot 3-of-3). Chandler Parsons played five minutes, Kyle Korver three and Damian Lillard two.

DeMarcus Cousins did not play but he is a seeming lock to make the roster at this point. Plumlee got minutes to see if he should be the one more big on the roster.

Who was healthy and did not play? Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan and Gordon Hayward. All three of those guys have performed well in practice but the fact they didn’t make the court is not a good sign for the future. I expect those three will be cut. (Perry Farrell of the Detroit Free Press sees it the same way for Drummond.)

The fourth cut will come down to Coach K’s thinking. I think Parsons is a lock to stay because he can play as a stretch four and that is needed (he is why Gordon is in trouble, Parsons is a better version of a similar player in terms of positioning).

So does Krzyzewski keep Plumlee to have one more big on the roster to match up better with Spain, and with that cut one of the two shooters in Korver and Lillard, or does he cut the big man and keep the shooters? I don’t think that answer is set yet. That said, my guess is one of the shooters goes. From what I saw in Las Vegas at camp I would guess Lillard, but that is just a hunch.

Nothing is set in stone yet, a good week of practice and games could change the dynamic for Drummond or DeRozan or anyone. But the eight man rotations seems set, and Cousins may join that eight once his knee recovers (he is expected to play in this week’s tune up games).

That leaves everyone else is on the bubble.

  1. innovativethinking87 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    That would be a travesty if Lillard is cut

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Travesty?

      Too strong of a word for a multi-millionaire pro athlete…

      Travesty is children and women being abused…

      Homeless, folks starving and on and on…

      Now, it would be a shame for him to be cut…

      Travesty describes our education system…

      • fahlso - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        The real travesty is people like you sportsfan18, who feel the need to correct people on the internet.

        As much as I’d love to see Drummond make the team, I don’t mind him getting cut. He will be the key to any possible Pistons success this year, and I’d like to save the wear and tear for the NBA season.

      • innovativethinking87 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Oh relax man this is a sports site. We’re talking sports here

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        kids (read ya’ll under 30 yrs of age) have relaxed way too much…

        no work ethic…

        it’s all about you

        soft

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        You need a new nickname. You respond to every joke like it’s dramatic proclamation and now apparently you respond to every word like you’re the hyperbole police.

        Literal Larry. How’s that sound?

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Pro

        you yourself said you couldn’t lead at 18 yrs old at the pizza place…

        you’re still young… and you’ll continue to learn yet believe it or not…

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Cut Plumlee, Hayward, DeRozen.

    If Plumlee makes it over Drummond then you know this is ALLLLLL about politics.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Okay, yeah! Because Plumlee is sooo much better then Drummond! He can’t even start on his own garbage team.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Well yeah, he is backing up the best scoring center in the NBA. It’s almost like those details matter.

        Also, if we’re talking about garbage teams, at least the Nets made the playoffs. Where were the Pistons again? Oh right, trying (and failing) to tank enough to keep their pick.

      • spursareold - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        1) it’s FIBA ball, not NBA ball. The rules, and therefor the player requirements, are different.
        2) Coach K came right out and said he was putting together the best team, not a collection of the best players.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        You’re outside your dang mind if you think Mason can help out the team better then Andre. Forget who’s a better player.

      • blackhercules718 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        @ Spursareold… at the end of the day its STILL basketball….you mean to tell me that Andre Drummond is good enough to be 2nd in the ENTIRE NBA in rebounding BUT not good enough to beat out Mason Plumlee for minutes on this team? Its ALL about politics…..

  3. mungman69 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    HEY 18; RELAX. The other is right, this IS a sports site.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      others need to quit relaxing 24/7 and get off their fannies and do something for once in their lives…

      • lowercasejay - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        Says the guy who seems to comment on everything.

  4. geejon - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    They can’t possibly only take 2 centers (Davis/Cousins). You can’t leave yourself with only one center if injury or foul trouble becomes an issue. The 12th guy is basically only insurance anyway. He won’t be getting much (if any) run regardless of position so it only makes sense that the insurance be at your thinnest position. Any other position has several guys that can slide in. That means the last place goes to Plumlee or Drummond.

  5. duhwighthoward - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Aren’t Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe max players in their own (agents’) minds?

    That would be funny if they can’t make this team.

  6. lazegowizfan95 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Andre Drummond is one of my favorite young players that man’s a beast it’s alright if he gets cut he needs to use it as motivation I bet he puts up 20 and 10 next year Pistons will go as far as he will take them he has to be their leader.

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