It was announced Thursday that Kyle Korver was one of 28 players selected to represent the United States Men’s National Team pool for international competition through 2016.
Korver joins the list as the fourth Hawks’ player to ever represent USA Basketball — most recently Joe Johnson did so from 2006-2008.
Kyle is one of 14 newcomers to the pool and is the eldest of the entire list at 32 years old. He will be vying for one of 12 roster spots to represent USA Basketball in the 2014 FIBA World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympic Games if the team qualifies.
Korver’s label as a shooting specialist will certainly make him an attractive option for inclusion on the roster. The pool consists of a few other well known shooters such as Bradley Beal and Klay Thompson, both of whom may be considered Kyle’s main competition for selection to a spot for the World Cup in Spain.
Chris Vivlamore asked Elton Brand, who represented USA Basketball in the 2006 FIBA World Cup, about Korver’s selection:
Brand on Korver on USA Basketball roster: “That international (3-point) line is a little bit shorter so that is a layup for him.” #ATLHawks
— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) January 24, 2014
Kyle Korver is entering the second half of the season averaging 12.2 points and 3.1 assists per game and is currently second in true shooting percentage in the NBA(.646), only behind LeBron James(.661). Kyle Korver and the Hawks gets the second half of the season started tonight against the San Antonio Spurs.