The theoretical lineup of players who’ve withdrawn from consideration for Team USA’s FIBA World Cup roster just gained frontcourt depth.
So far, we had:
- James Harden (Houston Rockets)
- CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
- Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
- Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
Add Tobias Harris.
Harris is a real loss. He’s a good player whose ability to blend with other good players – as he showed with the 76ers last season – would’ve made him particularly helpful on Team USA.
The Americans still have other forwards available – Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Harrison Barnes, Kyle Kuzma, Paul Millsap, P.J. Tucker. But none match Harris’ combination of talent and frontcourt versatility.
USA Basketball is down to just 14 players for its training camp next month:
- Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
- Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
- Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
- Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets)
- Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
- Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
- P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets)
- Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
- Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics)
The U.S. almost must add more players to the pool.