John Wall is a great fit for Mike Krzyzewski’s Team USA style — lightning fast with the ball, fantastic in transition and a guy who can overwhelm opponents with his athleticism.
Wall has become a late edition to the Team USA roster that will open training camp in Las Vegas next Monday in preparation for the FIBA World Cup of basketball coming in late August in Spain, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Wall was not on the list released a couple of weeks ago by USA Basketball.
Wall averaged 19.3 points and 8.8 assists a game and made a leap forward with his game, hitting 35.1 percent from three and working better with Bradley Beal to form a formidable backcourt that led the Wizards to the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Team USA is Marianas Trench deep at the guard spot. Some very good players are not going to Spain.
At the point the USA has Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose and Wall. If you’re thinking “we can just move Curry to the two guard slot” know that James Harden, Klay Thompson and Bradley Beal are in that slot (and Kyle Korver, but we’ll count him as a three).
Wall could make this team, but Krzyzewski has no easy call to make in the backcourt, pretty much any combination of that group would be devastating.