Representing your country is a special privilege for anyone, and is a right that Andre Drummond will surely get to exercise this Fall. The FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off August 30th, and when it does Drummond is all but assured a spot on the team.
Right now NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Stephen Curry among others are practicing together along with Drummond to see who will make the USA squad for next month’s World Cup. Derrick Rose is even back from injury for the first time in eight months to try to make the team better.
So with all these stars ready to represent, what is the one thing that the squad is lacking? Big men. Guys like Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin have all bowed out of the competition leaving big shoes for guys like Drummond to fill.
Other post players vying for a spot on the squad include the previously mentioned Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Kenneth Faried, and Paul Millsap. A strong group of unique talents, but certainly guys that Drummond will compete with. Drummond is really the only true center on the roster other than Cousins (And some would argue that Cousins is more power forward because of his game.) His unique talents will certainly be needed to do the dirty work for Team USA, and his presence in the paint will pay huge dividends.
Whether Drummond makes the squad or not this should be a great experience for the young, budding star. Playing with great players during the summer will only make you better, just ask Lebron James and Kevin Durant. Drummond not only has the opportunity to play with the best in our country, but also some of the best in countries around the world. This will be a great learning experience for the soon-to-be 21 year old, and should bring nothing but positives for the Detroit Pistons front line next season.
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