What that means for Golden State Warriors fans is that Stephen Curry is a likely candidate to take over Westbrook’s role as starting point guard in this summer’s FIBA World Cup (formerly named FIBA Basketball World Championships).
Older players usually prefer to spend their summers resting for the upcoming NBA season, so Team USA is often filled with younger players. Chris Paul, who would likely start for USA if he wanted to, has already pulled out for this summer, and that leaves four main candidates for Team USA’s starting point guard: Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, and Stephen Curry.
Stephen Curry played for coach Krzyzewski in 2010 for the World Championships in Turkey where they won the gold, but was not part of the Olympic team that just won. One thing to note, the FIBA 3-point line is over a foot and a half (.49 meters) shorter than their NBA counterparts. If you have ever seen Curry light it up from beyond the arc, can you imagine what he could do with a 3-point line a foot and a half closer?
I feel chills down my spine already.