Would Team USA carry two, three or four centers in the World Cup? That question – with the likelihood of each ranking three, four, two by my count – was the big one as far as Andre Drummond was concerned.
Seemingly ranked fourth behind Anthony Davis, Mason Plumlee and DeMarcus Cousins, Drummond faced long odds of making the team.
But Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski went with four bigs, and Drummond made the roster. Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward and Kyle Korver were the final four removed.
Drummond becomes the first Piston to make Team USA since Tayshaun Prince in the 2008 Olympics. The World Cup, held in Spain, begins Aug. 30.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Drummond to develop around top talent, even if his role is limited on a team with a surprisingly deep crop of centers considering its small-ball focus. Drummond could definitely have an impact against the Gasol Brothers of Spain, at least.
Regardless of how much Coach K uses him, Drummond is an asset for Team USA. The Americans will be better off with Drummond, an already exceptional player who’s still fairly raw. He’s only getting better, and I expect this experience to accelerate that process.
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