When it comes to Team USA, the Golden State Warriors will be well-represented for at least the next three years.
According to Marc Stein and Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Warriors will have four players in the 28-player Team USA basketball pool: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and David Lee.
Essentially, all of the Warriors’ starters who are American will be in the pool of 28 (Andrew Bogut is Australian), and it’s almost a safe bet to say that this is the first time the Warriors have had so many players garner national recognition at once.
From this pool, USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski will narrow the list down to 12 players for both the World Cup this summer and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
The selections of Curry and Iguodala are not surprising, considering that both have experience playing on a national team. Both were on the 2010 team that won the FIBA World Championship in Turkey, and Iguodala was on the 2012 Olympic team that took gold in London.
However, Lee and Thompson are among 14 selectees who have not yet played for a national squad at a senior level, although Thompson did play on the under-19 team in 2009 when the U.S. took gold in Auckland. They certainly deserve the honor, as Thompson has developed into a lethal sharpshooter and Lee has been a consistent workhorse throughout his NBA career.
The four Warriors will join a group that is highlighted by the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony. A formal announcement is expected to come on Thursday.