He did so well, for the 2016 Olympics, he’ll… get to help Team USA prepare.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told the Globe on Thursday that Smart, who just completed his second NBA season, will be invited to join the Select Team for a second time.
- D'Angelo Russell
- Julius Randle
- C.J. McCollum
- Myles Turner
- Brice Johnson
- Devin Booker
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- Stanley Johnson
- Zach LaVine
This was a fairly disappointing season for Smart. After really digging into opponents defensively as a rookie, Smart fell too in love with flopping this year. His 3-point percentage also dropped form 33% to 25%. That outweighs his moderate gains as a passer and in the mid-range.
The 22-year-old Smart is still a nice young player, but his chances of someday making an Olympic team don’t look as promising as when he was on the Americans’ under-18 and under-19 teams and on the select team two years ago.
That said, Smart is still in the pipeline, and this an opportunity for him to impress.