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USA Basketball Showcase: Rosters, TV schedule, 2014 FIBA world cup positional battles

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Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will be on opposing teams for tonight's USA Basketball showcase in Las Vegas (6 p.m. PST, ESPN).

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USA Basketball Showcase

USA Blue Team vs. USA White Team

Time: 6 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN

For those of you who have not been keeping up with the happenings of the USA Basketball training camp, here's a quick summary of what's gone on so far:

Some of that might be facetious, but the bottom line is that the Golden State Warriors' representatives at USA Basketball training camp should be expected to make the 2014 World Cup roster.

Nevertheless, tonight's USA Basketball Showcase (6 p.m. PST, ESPN) is still probably important for Thompson, who is fighting to earn a) a roster spot and b) a spot in the team's rotation.

USA Basketball Showcase rosters

The rosters for tonight's showcase were announced yesterday, with Curry and Thompson being put on opposing teams.

Pos

Blue

White

PG

Derrick Rose

Kyrie Irving

PG

John Wall

1/2

Stephen Curry

Damian Lillard

2/3

DeMar DeRozan

Bradley Beal

2/3

Kyle Korver

James Harden

2/3

Klay Thompson

3/4

Paul George

Kevin Durant

3/4

Gordon Hayward

Chandler Parsons

4

Kenneth Faried

Paul Millsap

5

Anthony Davis

DeMarcus Cousins

5

Mason Plumlee

Andre Drummond

USA Basketball Showcase rosters (via NBA.com)

2014 FIBA World Cup roster battles

The positional classification above by NBA.com's John Schuchmann is interesting because it actually helps that Curry is not a point guard considered to have positional versatility: they have a number of talented point guards in camp and the fact that Curry hasn't been pigeonholed as just a distributor is an advantage for him. That, of course, disadvantages Oakland native Damian Lillard, who is behind Curry in the "scoring guard" category.

Korver and Thompson really are competing for a spot, but with the emphasis on shooting - and the mind-blowing possibilities to stretch the court with a lineup of Curry-Thompson-Korver - both can probably be expected to make it.

The positional battle that most people will probably have their eyes on is the Mason Plumlee - DeMarcus Cousins one - apparently, Plumlee is the preferred choice, whether that be due to his willingness to function as a role player or his Duke connections.

Mostly though, it's NBA basketball on TV for those of you that are already starving for it.