Love Officially Named To U.S. Men's National Team Pool For 2014-16

Love Named To U.S. Men's National Team Pool For 2014-16

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USA Basketball today announced that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was among 28 players selected for the 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team Pool, from which the 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team will be selected.

“It is an honor to once again have the opportunity to represent my country as part of Team USA,” said Love on the selection. “I look forward to beginning our journey towards defending our gold medal.”

Love, who was also a part of the national team that won gold at the 2012 London Olympics, is one of seven players that return to the national team after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. He averaged 4.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 7.7 minutes per game during the tournament as the U.S. qualified for the 2012 Olympics. He continued his efficient play in the Olympics two years later, averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game as the U.S. brought home its second consecutive gold medal.

Playing in his sixth NBA season, Love is averaging 25.0 points (4th in NBA), 13.0 rebounds (2nd) and a career-high 4.1 assists per game. He is attempting to become the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76 to average 25+ points, 13+ rebounds and 4+ assists over a full season. The league-leader in double-doubles (35), Love has tallied more 25+ point, 15+ rebound, 5+ assist games this season (eight) than any individual in the league has compiled since his debut in 2008-09.

Joining Love on the USA Men’s National Team roster are: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets), Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks), David Lee (Golden State Warriors), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets).

The 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff features USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.

All 28 selected players possess prior USA Basketball experience. Ten players (Beal, Cousins, Davis, Drummond, Faried, George, Hayward, Irving, Lillard and Thompson) participated this past July in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National team mini-camp, while six of the named players (Cousins, George, Hayward, Irving, Leonard, and Thompson) were part of the 2012 USA Select Team that trained against the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

A smaller group of U.S. National Team members will be selected to participate in the 2014 USA National Team’s opening training camp in July. Exact training dates and locations for the USA National Team training in 2014 will be announced at a later date.

2014-16 USA Basketball Men’s National Team Notes:

  • The 28 NBA players represent 20 NBA teams, with the Golden State Warriors featuring four players (Curry, Iguodala, Lee and Thompson), while teams featuring a pair of players include the Houston Rockets (Harden and Howard), Los Angeles Clippers (Griffin and Paul), New York Knicks (Anthony and Chandler), Oklahoma City Thunder (Durant and Westbrook) and Portland Trail Blazers (Aldridge and Lillard).

  • Eleven players were members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medal team (Anthony, Chandler, Davis, Durant, Harden, Iguodala, James, Love, Paul, Westbrook and Williams).

  • Seven players were members of the 2010 USA World Championship team that finished first (Chandler, Curry, Durant, Iguodala, Love, Rose Westbrook).

  • Five players collected gold at the 2008 Olympics (Anthony, Howard, James, Paul, and Williams).

  • Four players earned bronze at the 2006 World Championship (Anthony, Howard, James and Paul).

  • Two were members of the bronze medalist 2004 U.S. Olympic Team (Anthony and James).

  • Ten players attended the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp (Beal, Cousins, Davis, Drummond, Faried, George, Hayward, Irving, Lillard, and Thompson).

  • Six players were part of the 2012 USA Select Team that trained against the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team (Cousins, George, Hayward, Irving, Leonard, and Thompson).

  • Of the 28 players, 25 attended at least one year of college before entering the NBA, three (Chandler, Howard and James) went directly from high school to the NBA.

  • The 2014-16 USA National Team roster includes the NBA’s top 11 scorers (as of Jan 22, 2014) and 14 of the top 17; seven of the league’s top 11 rebounders; the top two leaders in assists; six of the top 13 in steals; four of the top six in blocked shots; four of the top nine, and eight of the top 20, in field goal percentage; and four of the top 11 in 3-point percentage.

  • 2014-16 U.S. National Team Pool
    LaMarcus Aldridge F 6-11 240 Blazers/Texas
    Carmelo Anthony F 6-8 230 Knicks/Syracuse
    Bradley Beal G 6-5 207 Wizards/Florida
    Tyson Chandler C 7-1 235 Knicks/Dominguez H.S. (CA)
    DeMarcus Cousins C 6-11 270 Kings/Kentucky
    Stephen Curry G 6-3 185 Warriors/Davidson
    Anthony Davis C 6-10 220 Pelicans/Kentucky
    Andre Drummond C 6-10 270 Pisons/UConn
    Kevin Durant F 6-9 230 Thunder/Texas
    Kenneth Faried F 6-8 228 Nuggets/Morehead State
    Paul George F/G 6-8 221 Pacers/Fresno State
    Blake Griffin F 6-10 251 Clippers/Oklahoma
    James Harden G 6-5 220 Rockets/Arizona State
    Gordon Hayward F 6-8 201 Jazz/Butler
    Dwight Howard C 66-11 265 Rockets/SW Atlanta Christian Academy (GA)
    Andre Iguodala G/F 6-6 207 Warriors/Arizona
    Kyrie Irving G 6-3 191 Cavaliers/Duke
    LeBron James F 6-8 250 Heat/St. Vincent-St. Mary's H.S. (OH)
    Kyle Korver G/F 6-7 212 Hawks/Creighton
    David Lee F 6-9 240 Warriors/Florida
    Kawhi Leonard F/G 6-7 225 Spurs/San Diego State
    Damian Lillard G 6-3 195 Blazers/Weber State
    Kevin Love F 6-10 260 Timberwolves/UCLA
    Chris Paul G 6-0 175 Clippers/Wake Forest
    Derrick Rose G 6-3 190 Bulls/Memphis
    Klay Thompson G 6-7 205 Warriors/Washington State
    Russell Westbrook G 6-3 187 Thunder/UCLA
    Deron Williams G 6-3 207 Nets/Illinois

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