Bill Smith/Chicago Bulls
Jimmy Butler among finalists for 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team
Jimmy Butler has been named as one of the 30 finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball roster, it was announced today by USA Basketball.
Butler has averaged 22.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.79 steals in 38.2 minutes per game this season. Butler has led the Bulls in scoring 22 times this year and in assists 12 times.
In addition to Butler, the list of finalists includes LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs); Anthony; Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies);DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); 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 (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers);Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).
Again leading the 2016 USA coaching staff is Duke University's Naismith Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as USA assistant coaches are Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams (Oklahoma City Thunder).
The U.S. Olympic team will attempt to win its third consecutive gold medal this summer in Rio de Janeiro. The official 12-member roster will be announced later this year.