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Team USA adds 15 players to finalist list for Olympics

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After 15 players were added to the original 42-man player pool, 57 players were announced by USA Basketball as finalists for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team.

The 15 players added as finalists:

  • Jarrett Allen (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
  • Jerami Grant (Detroit Pistons)
  • Blake Griffin (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • DeAndre Jordan (Nets)
  • Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)
  • Julius Randle (New York Knicks)
  • Duncan Robinson (Miami Heat)
  • Mitchell Robinson (Knicks)
  • Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors)
  • John Wall (Rockets)
  • Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Christian Wood (Rockets)
  • Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)

The 42 players previously named as finalists in February:

  • Bam Adebayo (Heat)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
  • Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
  • Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers)
  • Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)
  • Jimmy Butler (Heat)
  • Mike Conley (Utah Jazz)
  • Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
  • Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • DeMar DeRozan (Spurs)
  • Andre Drummond (Cavaliers)
  • Kevin Durant (Nets)
  • Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Draymond Green (Warriors)
  • James Harden (Nets)
  • Montrezl Harrell (Lakers)
  • Joe Harris (Nets)
  • Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Gordon Hayward (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Dwight Howard (76ers)
  • Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Kyrie Irving (Nets)
  • LeBron James (Lakers)
  • Kyle Kuzma (Lakers)
  • Kawhi Leonard (Clippers)
  • Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Brook Lopez (Bucks)
  • Kevin Love (Cavaliers)
  • Kyle Lowry (Raptors)
  • JaVale McGee (Cavaliers)
  • Khris Middleton (Bucks)
  • Donovan Mitchell (Jazz)
  • Victor Oladipo (Rockets)
  • Chris Paul (Suns)
  • Mason Plumlee (Pistons)
  • Jayson Tatum (Celtics)
  • Myles Turner (Pacers)
  • Kemba Walker (Celtics)
  • Russell Westbrook (Wizards)
  • Derrick White (Spurs)

“With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics from 2020 to 2021, it’s important that we continue to remain flexible and consider all players who can contribute to our efforts to field the best USA team possible. These additions we are announcing today will help ensure that we are doing that,” said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team since 2005. “Having a larger player pool than what we normally have is critical because of all of the uncertainties we face about availability. But for USA Basketball to receive the commitment of so many outstanding players remains an indicator of the great honor of representing your country means to these men.”

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will serve as head coach of Team USA with Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, former Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova coach Jay Wright as his assistants.

One notable player missing from the 57-player pool is Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who was reportedly invited, but opted out due to injury concerns from playing late into consecutive seasons and a shortened offseason this summer, notes Shams Charania.

Team USA’s complete training schedule for 2021 will be announced at a later date.

The men’s Olympic basketball tournament will take place from July 25 to August 7.

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