Rudy Gay announced as finalist for USA Basketball 2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Team
MEMPHIS, January 16, 2012 – Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay is among the 20 finalists named for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced today. The official 12-man U.S. Olympic team roster will be announced later this year.
Gay (6-8, 230) ranks in the top 20 in the NBA in scoring (team-high 18.3 points) while averaging a career-high 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.50 steals on .456 shooting in 36.0 minutes through 12 games this season. The versatile high-flyer holds NBA career averages of 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists on .456 shooting in 35.9 minutes in 384 games (348 starts) in six seasons, all with the Grizzlies.
The 25-year-old Baltimore native was a member of the 2010 FIBA World Championship squad that went 9-0 and captured gold in Istanbul, Turkey, marking the United States’ first gold medal in the event since 1994.
Joining Gay as finalists were LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets). Griffin was officially added to the USA Basketball National Team roster.
The 2012 USA coaching staff is led by Duke University’s Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, and serving as USA assistant coaches are Syracuse University’s Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni and Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan.