-- Jimmy Butler Unable To Participate With USA Select Team --
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Atlanta Hawks all-star forward Paul Millsap has been added to the 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team roster and will participate in the July 28-Aug. 1 training camp in Las Vegas, USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo today announced. The U.S. team is scheduled to begin its 2014 preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup on July 28 in Las Vegas. USA Basketball will utilize the Las Vegas training camp to identify players for this summer’s USA World Cup Team. Additionally, USA Basketball announced that because of slightly strained groin injury, USA Select Team member Jimmy Butler will be unable to participate in the Las Vegas training camp.
“Paul has prior experience at the National Team level having participated in the 2009 National Team mini-camp and offers us veteran inside player who possesses attributes that can be beneficial for us,” said Colangelo.
In his first season with Atlanta during the 2013-14 season, Millsap had a career best season, being selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team and posting highs in scoring (17.9), assists (3.1), total steals (129), three-point field goals made (76) and percentage (.358) and double-doubles (30). He also recorded his first career triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against Toronto on March 18. He was the only player in the NBA during the 2013-14 season to average at least 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block.
In the Hawks first round series against the Indiana Pacers, Millsap pushed his averages to 19.4 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 38.1 minutes per game.
Millsap possesses prior USA Basketball National Team experience having been named a member of the USA Men’s National Team roster for the 2009 mini-camp, and he played in the 2009 USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas.
“I’m very excited about being added to the USA Men’s National Team roster,” said Millsap, an eight-year NBA veteran. “I look forward to practicing with and competing against some of the NBA’s best for the honor of representing our country in Spain.”
Additional USA National Team members expected to participate in the Las Vegas training camp include: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); 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); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); James Harden (Houston Rockets);Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Chandler Parsons(Dallas Mavericks); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); and John Wall (Washington Wizards).
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 and Naismith Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
Members of the 2014 USA Basketball Select squad include: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).
The USA National Team and USA Select Team will training daily July 28-31 (12:00-3:00 p.m. PDT) in Las Vegas. All practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center and are closed to the public.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
Since 2008, USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams have compiled a sterling 134-6 win-loss record in FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions. USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions of the Olympics and the FIBA World Championships; FIBA women’s U19 world champions; the men’s and women’s title holders for the FIBA U17 World Championships; and the men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.