2018 was not a good year for USA basketball. After multiple player drop-outs, the team was forced to present a lineup composed of only two NBA All-Stars. They finished at an All-Time worst 7th place.
While it is an unfortunate performance for the country as a whole, it does help set the stage for a “redeem team” in 2020.
Two of the league’s best point guards are already on board.
“That is the plan, for sure,” Curry said to ESPN about playing for Team USA in 2020. “You know, obviously knock on wood, you don’t want any injuries or things like that to interfere.”
Dame’s take on the 2020 US Olympic team: “I plan on being a part of that” 🇺🇸
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) September 18, 2019
So far, there have been no other commits, but it’s hard to think no other stars will seize the opportunity to bring the country back to the top next summer.
This year, the roster for the FIBA World Cup included Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, and others. That will be much improved next go-round, but if the world has taught us anything, it’s that they can no longer be overlooked — no matter how strong our roster may be.