We spent the past month analyzing the selection process for Team USA’s 12-man FIBA World Cup roster, which was finalized early Saturday morning. In the meantime, other countries were assembling their squads, many of which are loaded with NBA players.
You may be familiar with the Gasol brothers of Spain, or Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum of France, but you may not be aware of all of the league's international players participating in the tourney. According to NBA.com, there are 50 (active) in total, representing 18 teams.
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Brazil: Tiago Splitter (Spurs), Nene (Wizards), Leandro Barbosa (Warriors), Anderson Varejao (Cavaliers)
France: Rudy Gobert (Jazz), Boris Diaw (Spurs), Nicolas Batum (Blazers), Evan Fournier (Magic), Ian Mahinmi (Pacers)
Serbia: Miroslav Raduljica (Clippers)
Spain: Pau Gasol (Bulls), Marc Gasol (Grizzlies), Ricky Rubio (Wolves), Jose Calderon (Knicks), Serge Ibaka (Thunder), Victor Claver (Blazers)
GOLLIVER: Player-by-player analysis of Team USA's roster
Luis Scola (Pacers), Pablo Prigioni (Knicks)Croatia:
Papanikolaou (Rockets), Nick
Blatche (FA)Puerto Rico:
Dominican Republic: Francisco Garcia (Rockets)
Finland: Erik Murphy (Cavaliers)
New Zealand: None
Turkey: Omer Asik (Pelicans)
USA: Mason Plumlee (Nets), Derrick Rose (Bulls), Kyrie Irving (Cavs), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Klay Thompson (Warriors), James Harden (Rockets), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Rudy Gay (Kings), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)
Australia: Cameron Bairstow (Bulls), Matthew Dellavedova (Cavs), Dante Exum (Jazz), Aron Baynes (RFA)
Lithuania: Donatas Motiejunas (Rockets), Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors)
Mexico: Gustavo Ayon (FA), Jorge Gutierrez (Nets)
Slovenia: Goran Dragic (Suns)
Two unsung players on Team USA World Cup roster
Sports Illustrated's Matt Dollinger explains why Kenneth Faried
and Rudy Gay
have become unsung players on Team USA's roster, and the impact they'll have in the FIBA World Cup.