During the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Klay Thompson really turned some heads. It was, he later admitted, the first time he realized he could go toe-to-toe with the elite players of the NBA.
A year later, with a huge payday and an NBA championship under his belt, Klay and Stephen Curry return to Vegas as old hands in the international game.
This time, they'll have some familiar reinforcements on the roster.
Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green are both on the team as well.
No other team is as well represented. There are two other teams with three players on the roster (Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers), but the Warriors are the only organization to place four players on the national squad.
From warriors.com, here is the official roster:
Added to the 2014-16 USA National Team roster and participating in the Aug. 11-13 USA National Team training camp are eight NBA standouts, including Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Michael Carter-Williams (Milwaukee Bucks); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); and Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic).
USA National Team members confirmed for the 2015 Las Vegas minicamp include: LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Mason Plumlee (Portland Trail Blazers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).
While there has been a spate of injuries to NBA players in international play recently (man... Dante Exum), hopefully the players will be able to use this minicamp as a way to touch base with their teammates, a way to stay in shape, and a way to exorcise some of that competitive fire that must build up during the off season.
Hopefully no one gets hurt, a la Paul George (who, bless his heart, is giving it another go this year).
Jerry Colangelo, the managing director of the men's national team, promised that, "The minicamp is going to be low key with light workouts, no contact, and the USA Basketball Showcase on Aug. 13 will be a fun all-star type game."
Either way, the Warriors should be proud to once again stand at the forefront of the NBA.