Andre Drummond, once a long shot to make the USA Basketball Team roster now has a solid chance of making it.
Drummond’s chances of making the roster were bolstered recently after Kevin Love and Blake Griffin withdrew their names from consideration. With two key front court pieces not available Drummond is now all but guaranteed a roster spot.
Love, Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard have all made themselves unavailable for national-team duty this summer after initially signing up. The trusted trio of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, meanwhile, was never available this summer. So that leaves Colangelo and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski with a limited selection of big men for the training camp which opens Monday in Las Vegas: Kenneth Faried, Drummond and the mercurial Cousins alongside roster shoo-ins Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis.
Although USA Basketball Chairman, Jerry Colangelo seems disappointed about the NBA’s biggest stars unwillingness to participate, he is prepared to give the younger players a chance to be heroes.
“We have a bunch of young guys we can look at while we’re there,” Colangelo said. “I think this just opens up an opportunity for Cousins, Drummond and Faried. We also have players who can play two or three positions. So we can throw a lot of different combinations and lineups out there.”
Even with Andre Drummond on the team, the concern is that USA Basketball will lack size when they take the floor for the FIBA World Cup in Spain on August 30th.
This is a golden opportunity for Drummond to solidify himself as one of the preimere big men in the NBA. That is confidence he can take forward with him into the 2014 season.