FIBA World Cup: 4 Celtics lead superstar-less Team USA 12-man roster


Posted at Aug 24 2019 11:45 PM | Updated as of Aug 25 2019 12:28 AM

Kemba Walker is the only member of the World Cup-bound Team USA to earn All-NBA honors this year. Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

Four Boston Celtics players lead the United States' final roster to the FIBA World Cup in China.

Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and new acquisition Kemba Walker, join Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers), Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs) in the competition that begins on August 31. confirmed the lineup.

Barnes was on the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal team, while Plumlee played on the 2014 US World Cup championship squad.

The final roster was set after a left ankle injury forced out Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, USA Basketball said Saturday.

The news came hours after the Americans lost 98-94 to Australia at Melbourne in a pre-Cup exhibition game, snapping a run of 78 US wins in a row in major competitions and exhibition games.

USA Basketball announced Kuzma's injury would have prevented him from taking part in the Cup.

Most of the NBA's top stars — including LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and James Harden — have skipped the World Cup, leaving a squad of younger talent to seek a third consecutive title.

Walker is the only member of the team to earn All-NBA honors this year.

US coach Gregg Popovich, in his first campaign as coach, will guide the team into final training at Sydney, including a Monday exhibition against Canada.

The 32-team World Cup is scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. Team USA plays its first game on Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic.

— With a report from Agence France-Presse, Reuters

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