USA men’s basketball national team coach Gregg Popovich has named Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell in his final 12-man rooster as the five-time FIBA World Cup winners seek to become the first-ever team to win three straight FIBA Basketball World Cup titles, after victorious campaigns in Turkey in 2010 and Spain in 2014.
LA Laker’s forward Kyle Kuzma misses out with an ankle injury but there is a spot for Denver Nuggets big man Mason Plumlee who was part of the 2014 USA team which won the competition in Spain.
Harrison Barnes and Derrick White also boast international experience, albeit on different levels. Barnes won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics, while White played in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, playing two games against Uruguay and Panama in the Second Round.
Head coach Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff features Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce and Jay Wright, and they will observe the team’s last days of preparation in Sydney, Australia, before flying to China.
USA will be in Group E, battling the Czech Republic, Turkey and Japan in the First Round. The top two teams will advance to the Second Round, where they will carry over all of their results and cross paths with two best teams from Group F featuring Greece, Brazil, Montenegro and New Zealand.
The defending champs are searching for their sixth title in China, and are trying to protect their unbeaten run, which now stands at 19 straight wins in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, dating back to 2006. USA’s overall record at the summit is 123-27.
USA FIBA Basketball World Cup Final Rooster
Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).