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Davis, Booker, and Adebayo named to preliminary Olympic roster



Three former Wildcats will have an opportunity to represent the United States in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

On Sunday evening, USA Basketball released their preliminary 44-man roster for the Olympics, with former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, and Bam Adebayo making the initial cut.

Here is the entire 44-man roster:

Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat); LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs); Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns); Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat); Mike Conley (Utah Jazz); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers); DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs); Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets); Paul George (L.A. Clippers); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Montrezl Harrell (L.A. Clippers); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers); Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics); Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers); Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans); Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets); LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); JaVale McGee (Los Angeles Lakers); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers); Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).

“This is the first step in USA Basketball identifying the 12 players who will represent the United States as members of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team in Tokyo,” said Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team.

“The commitment, desire and excitement of all of our athletes to represent their country is genuine and remarkable. All of the finalists are exceptionally gifted athletes who offer us amazing versatility and depth, and the group of finalists features a range of players from those who are very experienced and accomplished in international basketball to players who will be future international stars.

“Over the course of the remainder of the NBA season we’ll continue to monitor all of the athletes. Selecting the 12-man USA roster will obviously be an extremely challenging and difficult process, and we will again attempt to select the very best team possible to represent our country and who we hope will be successful in our difficult mission of repeating as Olympic champions for a fourth consecutive Olympics.”

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games are being held July 24-Aug. 9 in Tokyo, Japan, with twelve nations competing in the 2020 Olympic men’s basketball competition held at the Saitama Super Arena. In addition to host Japan, other qualifying nations are Argentina, Australia, France, Iran, Nigeria, Spain, and the United States, with the remaining final four teams competing to qualify through four FIBA’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in the coming months.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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3 Comments for Davis, Booker, and Adebayo named to preliminary Olympic roster

  1. UKinIN
    11:45 am February 10, 2020 Permalink

    Davis will be there in the end if he wants it. Bam and Booker will only makes the team if others turn down the opportunity.

    • SuperTroy18
      12:21 pm February 10, 2020 Permalink

      Davis definitely makes roster if he wants another gold medal. I think MAYBE Booker makes it if Klay Thompson doesn’t play due to his injury still plaguing him. Bam definitely doesn’t have much of a shot, but he should’ve been on the past roster that he barely missed. They needed him. The only way he makes it is if they want true centers, because so many of the big guys want to be stretch 4’s. He’d rarely get to play though. Only true centers on that list are Howard, Drummond and Bam really. I could see him being the best of those three now since their best days are behind them, and he is entering his prime. I hope all three make it somehow though!

  2. MississippiBlue
    1:05 pm February 10, 2020 Permalink

    I look at this list, and there’s know Fox! Team USA leadership still holding a grudge. They need to get out of feelings and field a winning team! Give us the best of the bests!