With Kevin Love and Blake Griffin withdrawing from Team USA play this summer, the big man options for this team are very limited and very young. Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, and Kenneth Faried are highlighting the choices for this roster. To get a little more of a veteran presence, it looks like Team USA basketball will look to the Atlanta Hawks for another option.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Paul Millsap is a late invitee to the Team USA camp in Las Vegas, as Team USA looks to put together a squad for the FIBA World Cup in September. Team USA also has Kevin Durant, Paul George, and Chandler Parsons to choose from if they want to play small.
Just got word: Hawks' Paul Millsap has been invited to Team USA camp in Vegas. Surprise but sensible addition after frontcourt withdrawals— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 27, 2014
Last summer, Millsap was regarded as one of the best value signings in the league when he went to the Hawks for two years and $19 million. He averaged 17.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 74 games for an injury-riddled Hawks team that held on to make the 8-seed in the East. Prior to a bevy of injuries for the Hawks, they were sitting third in the East. They made quite a bit of noise in the first round of the playoffs, taking the 1-seed Indiana Pacers to seven games. They were up 3-2 in the series before dropping the last two games.
Millsap provides a solid defender and a very dangerous offensive weapon for Team USA. He can stretch the floor (35.8 percent from 3-point range last season), play inside, hit the offensive boards, and pass the ball quite well.