Team USA Roster Will Feature Youngest Team Since 1992
- Updated: August 29, 2014
BILBAO, Spain – Team USA will send its youngest team since 1992 to the FIBA World Cup, with average age of just above 24 years old. Team USA begins Group C play Saturday night against Finland at the Bizkaia Arena, in Bilbao, Spain. Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski and USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo are nonetheless convinced that the 2014 squad begins the tournament in better shape than the 2010 group that ultimately won that FIBA World Championship.
“Because we have a couple of Olympic gold medalists on this roster in Anthony Davis and James Harden. We have three players from that team in 2010 in Steph Curry, Derrick Rose and Rudy Gay. And they’re not 21 this time. They’re 23 or 24. A little bit older and more mature.
“We like our team. We really do.” said Colangelo
Part of the issue was the sudden withdrawal of some of the NBA’s biggest names. Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Russell Westbrook all removed themselves from the roster before the squad started its first training camp in Las Vegas in late July. Kevin Durant followed suit after Paul George fractured his leg in practice.
United States Roster – 2014 FIBA World Cup
DeMarcus Cousins, Center, Sacramento Kings
Stephen Curry, Point Guard, Golden State Warriors
Anthony Davis, Power Forward, New Orleans Pelicans
DeMar DeRozan, Shooting Guard, Toronto Raptors
Andre Drummond, Center, Detroit Pistons
Kenneth Faried, Power Forward, Denver Nuggets
Rudy Gay, Forward, Sacramento Kings
James Harden, Shooting Guard, Houston Rockets
Kyrie Irving, Point Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers
Mason Plumlee, Center, Brooklyn Nets
Derrick Rose, Point Guard, Chicago Bulls
Klay Thompson, Shooting Guard, Golden State Warriors