USA Basketball 2015 Minicamp Roster: Participants, Details and Comments

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2015

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USA Basketball announced the 34-man squad it will use ahead of the team's minicamp in Las Vegas, which runs from August 11-13.

"With this being a summer where we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for, this year's minicamp is an opportunity to continue and expand the brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built," said USAB Chairman and Managing Director Jerry Colangelo, per the team's official press release.

You can view the full roster below:

USA Basketball 34-Man Roster
LaMarcus AldridgeSan Antonio Spurs
Carmelo AnthonyNew York Knicks
Harrison BarnesGolden State Warriors
Bradley BealWashington Wizards
Jimmy ButlerChicago Bulls
Michael Carter-WilliamsMilwaukee Bucks
Mike ConleyMemphis Grizzlies
DeMarcus CousinsSacramento Kings
Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors
Anthony DavisNew Orleans Pelicans
DeMar DeRozanToronto Raptors
Andre DrummondDetroit Pistons
Kevin DurantOklahoma City Thunder
Kenneth FariedDenver Nuggets
Rudy GaySacramento Kings
Paul GeorgeIndiana Pacers
Draymond GreenGolden State Warriors
Blake GriffinLos Angeles Clippers
James HardenHouston Rockets
Tobias HarrisOrlando Magic
Gordon HaywardUtah Jazz
Dwight HowardHouston Rockets
Kyrie IrvingCleveland Cavaliers
LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
DeAndre JordanLos Angeles Clippers
Kawhi LeonardSan Antonio Spurs
Kevin LoveCleveland Cavaliers
Victor OladipoOrlando Magic
Chandler ParsonsDallas Mavericks
Chris PaulLos Angeles Clippers
Mason PlumleePortland Trail Blazers
Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors
John WallWashington Wizards
Russell WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder
Source: USAB.com

Included on the list are all 12 members of the 2014 World Cup-winning team. Jimmy Butler, Mike Conley, DeAndre Jordan and Draymond Green are among those getting their first crack at the national team.

Jody Genessy of Deseret News reported USA Basketball initially included Trey Burke on the list before ultimately opting for Michael Carter-Williams instead.

Vincent Goodwill of Comcast SportsNet Chicago believed Derrick Rose was one of the bigger roster snubs but wasn't totally shocked the Chicago Bulls point guard won't take part:

Vincent Goodwill @vgoodwill

Minor shock that Derrick Rose's name isn't amongst the 34 USA basketball released as attendees for next weeks showcase in Las Vegas

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The importance of being on the roster can't be understated at this stage. Although the minicamp only runs for a few days, ESPN.com's Marc Stein highlighted how Colangelo looked much further ahead when filling out the Team USA ranks:

Yet Colangelo stressed that USA Basketball is making attendance at the three-day event mandatory for invited players if they are interested in securing a spot on the Yanks' 12-man roster for next summer's Olympics in Brazil, even if the player is rehabilitating from an injury or otherwise not yet cleared to join in on-court activities.

A handful of stars will satisfy the attendance requirement without taking a major part in the minicamp itself. Kevin Love, for instance, is still recovering from shoulder surgery in April, so he won't be expected to participate in the minicamp.

Colangelo informed Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears earlier in the week that Paul George, who played in six games near the end of the 2014-15 season, will show up for the initial Team USA meeting Monday but refrain from engaging in any on-court activity.

The same goes for LeBron James, per Spears. James has a charity event that conflicts with the minicamp.

Like George, Kevin Durant is recovering from an injury-plagued season, so his involvement in the camp will be minimal, per ESPN.com's Royce Young.    

If anything, the 34-man roster gives fans an idea of what to expect when next year's Olympics roll around.

Colangelo is taking arguably his strongest team possible, with Team USA the early favorites to capture gold for the third straight time after winning it in 2008 and 2012.

With so many marquee names opting not to actively take part in the minicamp, it could allow some of the more fringe stars, such as Butler, Conley, Green, Harrison Barnes, Gordon Hayward and Bradley Beal, to begin making cases for inclusion on the 2016 Summer Olympics roster.


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