Griffin, Harden, Iguodala Named to U.S. Men’s Basketball Team
(LAS VEGAS) — The United States Men’s Basketball Team has been set. Forward Blake Griffin, guard James Harden, and guard/forward Andre Iguodala have been chosen to fill the remaining spots according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Griffin recently finished his second season in the NBA. He averaged 20.7 points and 10-9 rebounds per game for the Los Angeles Clippers. He was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year back in 2011 after missing his entire rookie year in 2010 with a knee injury.
Meanwhile, Harden has been with the Thunder for the past three seasons after the team drafted him third overall in the 2009 draft. Harden won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award this past season after averaging 16.8 points and 4.1 rebounds off the bench for the defending Western Conference Champion Thunder.
As for Iguodala, he’s the most seasoned of the final three players named to the team. He has spent all eight of his NBA seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. He made his first All-Star team this past season after averaging 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game for the 76ers. While he isn’t much of a scoring threat, Team USA will use Iguodala for his superior defensive skills and versatility on the court.
Team USA need to fill the remaining spots due to injuries to players such as Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love fill out the rest of the roster for Team U.S.A.
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