Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have been named to the 19-player USA Men's National Team training camp roster, which was formally announced by USA Basketball earlier today.
Curry and Thompson will be the only teammates at the camp,
though hopefully Kevin Love makes it a trio by the time the actual World Cup rolls around though they probably have different paths to actually making the roster.
From that group of 19 players that will participate in a Las Vegas training camp from July 28-August 1, 12 players will be selected for the 2014 FIBA World Cup from August 30 - September 14. We can probably assume the four holdovers from the 2012 London Olympics will earn four of the spots: Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis. That leaves eight selections from the remaining 15 players in training camp.
The cost of keeping Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson's value has skyrocketed during the 2014 offseason as some of his USA Basketball peers have earned lucrative contracts as free agents.
For Curry, his chances of making the final roster probably increased with Russell Westbrook pulling out and John Wall (somewhat surprisingly) being omitted from this list. Inevitably, this will probably lead to someone somewhere having a discussion about whether Curry is enough of a point guard to fill the team's needs, but ... for our purposes, let's just agree he's as much of a "point guard" as a "shooter" and would look great next to the team's core of returners.
Thompson probably has a tougher path to the World Cup. As described by Jeff Nusser over at SB Nation's Washington State site Coug Center, "...there's a lot of competition for the "6-7ish wing shooter," as Bradley Beal, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver and Chandler Parsons all will be at the camp, too. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski clearly has placed a premium on shooting, as this team will not be filled with the transcendent athletes that littered the 2012 Olympic squad."
What it might come down to for Thompson, as we've discussed plenty of times regarding Kevin Love trade rumors, is whether they still favor the wings who can create more for themselves and others off the dribble. Yet given what appears to be an emphasis on shooting based on these selections - and perhaps underscored by Wall's omission - Team USA could do a lot worse than having the Splash Brothers together on the roster.