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USA Basketball announces 12 man roster for World Cup; Parsons, Hayward, Lillard, Korver cut

Aug 23, 2014, 1:20 AM EST

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The roster is set and Mike Krzyzewski decided to go with three big men.

In the late hours after Team USA dismantled Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden, USA Basketball announced the 12 man roster headed to Spain for the World Cup. That team is:

Guards: Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson.

Forwards/centers: DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay, Mason Plumlee.

That means the last set of roster cuts were Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Damian Lillard. (Bradley Beal and John Wall had been cut previously.)

Coach K went with all four centers men making the team — Davis Cousins, Plumlee and Drummond — a sign that the team is still looking ahead to a potential match-up with Spain in the gold medal game. While Davis will start at center and get the most run the four big men is a sign the team is looking ahead to a potential gold medal game against the host Spaniards, where Team USA will need the size (Spain rolls out Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka).

Team USA will still be a guard-driven team — they will pressure and run and count on nobody being able to slow them much.

Leaving Korver and Lillard home hurts the outside, shooting, but with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, James Harden and the rest the USA will have no problem scoring from beyond the arc (which is closer in international ball than the NBA).

Team USA is still a gold medal favorite. They are in a soft group and after that the easy side of the single elimination bracket if they win the group. The likely toughest team they face is Lithuania (ranked fourth in the world) — Spain, France, Argentina, Greece are all on the other side of the bracket. But beating Spain in Spain will be a real test.

  1. fanofthegame79 - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    I knew Korver and Hayward were for-sure cuts. Parsons was on my bubble, but I’m a bit surprised about Lillard.

    • muhangis - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      Lillard was not producing at all, even though his minutes weren’t alot, within whatever time he was getting he still was not producing. It doesn’t surprise me at all.

      • therealhtj - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Lillard may not have been giving much in extremely limited minutes, but he seems like a better call than Rose who’s good for 8 minutes every other game before his knee flares up.

  2. mikeymo74 - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Not surprised about Lillard. PG is where they have the most strength already, so he just didn’t have a spot. They obviously decided they needed size to go against the Gasols, but I think they could have used Parsons to help their shooting/depth at the SF position more than they can use someone like Plumlee.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      I like everything I’ve seen from Plumlee though. I wouldn’t have cut him either. Gotta have him. They have plenty of guys who can play the 3 – DeRozan, Thompson, G ay and even Harden and Faried can get in there a bit at SF.

  3. avb300 - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    I agree with the cuts for the most part. The only change I’d make is I’d replace DeRozan with Parsons.

    Check out this post on rim protectors: http://avb300.wordpress.com/

  4. kwame410 - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    lillard was the 2nd best shooter on that list he was clutch too.

  5. katra2logic - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Interesting to see DeMar DeRozan make the final cut. PBT did not give him much of a chance to make the team but the coaching staff obviously likes something about him. Playing for the US squad could improve DD’s confidence and help the Raptors in the upcoming season.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      My guess is that DeRozan was kept for defensive purposes.

      He’s not an elite defender, but he gives Coach K a good option to use if some of the more “defensively challenged” guards aren’t playing well enough on that end.

  6. csbanter - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Something is weird about NBA all-stars being cut from any team. Team USA is a mix of stars,default guys, and coaches favorite see Mason Plumlee. Any team representing the U.S.A w/o Lebron and Durant is not the best we have to offer.

    • spursareold - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:06 AM

      Well, LeBron and Durant didn’t want to play. What was USAB supposed to do? Put a gun to their heads?

      USAB was also quite clear that they would put together the best TEAM, not necessarily the best players. You need some role players to do the little things that stars might not want to.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Agreed on both points. LeBron said from the start he didn’t want to play, and Durant dropped out at the last minute. That’s on them, not on USA Basketball.

        Also, a good team needs guys who will set screens and do the dirty work since not every player on the team is guaranteed to get 15 shots per game. Building a roster of only All-Stars who don’t know how to play without the ball isn’t a smart way to go about it.

  7. muhangis - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    Very surprisingly I actually 100% agree with Krzyzewski’s roster cuts!

    Don’t get me wrong, those were some good players being cut, but there is absolute no possible way to avoid that! The best of the best get to stay.

    Plumlee on the roster imo still is a bit undeserved, but his spot was a bit expected and it shouldn’t drive no one crazy, plus he’s got some needed skills as a big man for the roster.

    Lillard was not producing. Between DeRozan or Lillard, personally I would’ve picked Lillard, but here perhaps DeRozan just outperformed him overall

  8. kaeptaincrunch - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    Good to see 2 players from my Sacramento Kings make it! Good luck USA!

  9. mungman69 - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    I remember Spain basketball at the Olympics, NO BENCH! If we get that far we should thrive against Spain’s ole’ defense. The Spanish big men can’t afford to get into foul trouble.

  10. innovativethinking87 - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Lillard is garbage glad he was cut. It makes sense why he was

    • therealhtj - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Total garbage. Portland shouldn’t even bother picking up his 3rd year option and let him be unrestricted. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

      • innovativethinking87 - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        There’s a reason he got cut over a not healthy Rose for that matter

  11. mungman69 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Lillard isn’t garbage, to say that he is garbage is a cruel and thoughtless remark. He just got caught in the #s game.

  12. phillysports1 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    3 white guys cut ? Lol

  13. phillysports1 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    You must not watch basketball to say Damian is garbage. If he’s garbage, Parsons Korver, Hayward should never touch a basketball ever again.

    • therealhtj - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Korver probably holds the distinction of the worst NBA player ever allowed a spot on one of these teams.

      • musician0785 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        how quickly you forget the name, Christian Laettner.

      • therealhtj - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Laettner wasn’t in the NBA yet when he played on the dream team.

      • musician0785 - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        for all intents and purposes he was the worst…..

  14. sternf - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    “Coach K went with all four centers men making the team — Davis Cousins, Plumlee and Drummond — a sign that the team is still looking ahead to a potential match-up with Spain in the gold medal game. ”

    Does no one proofread these posts? Four centers or three? Why is the word “men” in there? What does the sentence mean?

  15. andrejohnsonforpresident - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    “Beating spain in spain will be the real test”

    No it won’t

    • therealhtj - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      My thoughts as well. Even though they’ve got a few NBA players on their roster, Marc Gasol and Ibaka would be bubble guys on this US team. Shouldn’t be close.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        “Marc Gasol and Ibaka would be bubble guys on this US team.”

        Pretty sure former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol and 3x All-Defensive First Team member Serge Ibaka both would beat out Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond for a roster spot with ease.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      “Yeah, the Spanish National Team has never been a difficult challenge for Team USA!” – Somebody who has never watched a Spain vs. USA basketball game before

      • phillyguyindc - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        The games in the later rounds will be close. The good international teams always hang around, they slow the game way down.

  16. florida727 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    I’ve watched Chandler Parsons since he was in high school, so I’m disappointed for sure. Doesn’t change my rooting interest of course, was just hoping he’d make the team. Hope he gets other opportunities in the future. For all the guys who got cut, there’s no disgrace in not making this team. They’re all still elite talents.

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