Kyrie Irving, the MVP of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, is one of 11 players involved with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team last summer who will be in New York this weekend to play in the NBA All-Star Game and/or take part in other events during NBA All-Star Weekend. Irving, who has helped the Cleveland Cavaliers rebound from a slow start, flashed his All-Star talent on Jan. 28 when he scored 55 points in a 99-94 win over the Trail Blazers.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who was a member of the 2014 Men’s National Team Training Camp roster, was named to his second NBA All-Star Game. Lillard leads the NBA this season in fourth-quarter scoring.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who won gold with the 2014 USA Men’s World Cup Team, replaced an injured Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference All-Stars roster.
Stephen Curry, a 2014 FIBA World Cup gold medalist, is an MVP candidate this season, ranking in the top 10 in the NBA in scoring, assists and steals.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who will compete in Saturday’s 3-Point Contest, led the U.S. Men’s National Team during World Cup play with 22 3-pointers.
Anthony Davis’ standout performance during the 2014 FIBA World Cup has carried over to the 2014-15 NBA season, and the New Orleans Pelicans center is fourth in the league in scoring (24.5 ppg).
Despite missing time this season due to injury, Oklahoma City Thunder forward and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kevin Durant was named to his sixth consecutive All-Star Game.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Mason Plumlee, a late addition to the 2014 USA Men’s National Team that won gold at the FIBA World Cup, will take part in Saturday’s Slam Dunk Contest.
After leading the USA Men’s National Team in scoring during the 2014 FIBA World Cup, James Harden of the Houston Rockets leads the NBA in scoring this season with an average of 27.5 points per game.
Kyle Korver, who was a member of the 2014 Men’s National Team Training Camp roster, will take part in the 3-Point Contest on Saturday night. And why not? Korver is hitting at better than 50 percent from behind the arc, easily tops in the NBA.
Atlanta Hawks all-star forward Paul Millsap is a member of the 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team roster and participated in last summer’s training camp in Las Vegas.
Washington Wizards forward John Wall, a member of the 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team, leads the NBA this season in assists with 10.2 per game.
USA Basketball Well Represented At NBA All-Star Game
Gallery: USA AmeriCup Team 81, Argentina 76