The FIBA World Cup starts exactly one week from today, and it appears that Kyle Korver won’t be heading to Spain to compete for the World Championship.
Heading into Friday night’s exhibition against Puerto Rico, the team stood at 16 players, with four cuts still to go. Stephen Curry and the team put on a show, but there wasn’t a lot of court time, if any, for the four players that were sent home.
In the end, Coach K opted to bring a bigger roster overseas, and that meant that Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Gordon Hayward, and Chandler Parsons were left of the 12-man team.
The final roster is now:
G- Stephen Curry
G- Klay Thompson
G- James Harden
G- DeMar DeRozan
G- Derrick Rose
G- Kyrie Irving
F- Rudy Gay
F- Mason Plumlee
F- Kenneth Faried
C- Anthony Davis
C- Andre Drummond
C- DeMarcus Cousins
Korver being cut seems to be a little confusing on most fronts. He is arguably the best three-point shooter in the NBA, and with a shorter three-point line, he could have really been a spark when the offense struggled. He is also a decent defender and knows how to play with others well.
The fact that Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond were chosen when guys like Paul Millsap and Chandler Parsons fit FIBA style of play better is a bit head-scratching, but Coach K can choose who he thinks will be the best options.
This is the youngest team that will be in international competition under Coach K, and that could be his way of scouting for the 2016 Olympics.
Team USA should still be considered the favorites to win it all in Spain, as they still have tons of talent heading over there. For Kyle Korver, the fact that he was considered in the first place should be viewed as an honor, and show that he really is much more than a spot-up shooter.