Dion Waiters added to US Men’s Select Team

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Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is one of 13 NBA players named to USA Basketball’s Men’s Select Team. The Select Team is essentially a practice squad for the Men’s National Team. Kyrie Irving was on the Men’s Select Team prior to the last Olympics.

“USA Basketball’s Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director.

Both the National team and the Select Team will train in Las Vegas July 28-31, in preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

In addition to Waiters, the Men’s Select Team is comprised of Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Trey Burke (Utah Jazz), Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks), Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic), Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls), Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic), Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets), Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets)

Kyrie Irving is the lone Cavalier on the Men’s National Team this year. LeBron James will not be participating in the FIBA tournament.

[Related: Whitlock says Canadian players “don’t want it as much”]


  • mgbode

    Geez, if the Select team is supposed to be our international future, then we cannot feel too pleased.

    PG: Burke, Hardaway Jr., Smart
    SG: Waiters, Oladipo
    SF: Butler, Barnes, Draymond Green
    PF: McDermott, T.Harris
    C: Plumlee’s + C.Zeller

    Good thing they are just the sparring partners for the real team.

  • eldaveablo

    Just goes to show you that the previous couple drafts really were that bad.

  • mgbode

    and that a great number of the good younger players are actually on the USMNT.

  • Steve

    I’d be quite surprised if more than two guys actually make the varsity roster.