USA Basketball announced its player pool today. The team named 28 players to be a part of Team USA for the next 3 years and included many new faces according to Marc Stein at ESPN. Were any of those new faces Dallas Mavericks? Sadly, I think we know the answer to that. Former Maverick Tyson Chandler is once again invited but that is about as close as the Mavs come to contributing to Team USA. The usual veterans will be on the short list. Names like Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Russell westbrook, even Derrick Rose. But plenty of new faces made it to list the list also: LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Bell, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, David Lee, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson. Obviously top Maverick, Dirk Nowitski, has the best chance at competing on a national team, but we all are well aware he represents the German team. It probably Monta Ellis who has the best chance at contributing on the national team, but it appears he has fallen short thus far. It’s not over yet. This doesn’t have to be the final list of players. Injuries and other unforeseen events could impact the roster but the chances of Ellis even being “next man up” seems unlikely. I believe whole-heartedly with SportDFW writer, Akshay Mirchandani, that Ellis deserves All-Star consideration it appears a little too much stands in his way for joining Team USA.
Deserving Snubs Also Standing in Ellis’ Way
Notably John Wall, who was invited to essentially try out last summer, didn’t even make the cut. By all accounts, Wall is having his best season as a pro and is averaging 20 points per game along with 8.5 assists. The Toronto Raptors Guard DeMar DeRozan can also lay claim to headlining the Snubbed List. The 24 year-old is averaging almost 22 points per game with 4.6 boards and 3.7 assists. His well-rounded game includes defensive prowess that would translate well to the international game. Read Akshay’s article on Monta here: http://sportdfw.com/2014/01/17/making-star-case-monta-ellis/ Do you have questions or comments regarding Dallas area sports? Email Reid at [email protected]. You may be included in the next weekly mailbag. Follow Reid on twitter @ReidDHanson