Add three more names to the list.
Suns guard Devin Booker has been invited to be on the select team that practices against Team USA in preparation for the Summer Olympics, Jerry Colangelo said Wednesday.
The Free Press has learned that rookie swingman Stanley Johnson will be invited to join the USA Select Team, according to two persons with firsthand knowledge of the situation.
Third-year shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will also earn an invite.
Three more nice choices.
Booker would threaten to go No. 3 behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis if the 2015 draft were re-done. The Suns guard is an excellent outside shooter who has been more dynamic than expected. Team USA sometimes carries a shooting specialist, and Booker could eventually fill that role – and has the potential to do more.
Caldwell-Pope’s calling card is defense, another specialty coveted by Team USA. He can lock up either guard position, which will be particularly important if the rest of the world’s point guards follow the Americans’ awakening at the position. The Pistons guard would strengthen his case by improving his streaky outside shooting.
Johnson is a higher-risk, higher-reward pick. He had a promising first season but, like many rookie, he was too erratic. At least most of his mistakes came from playing too fast. If the game slows down for him, he has the talent and drive to make an impact.