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Bradley Beal Chosen for U.S National Team Summer Roster

July 14th, 2014 at 4:25 PM
By Matt Graber

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is among the 19 players chosen for the summer U.S national team roster and will compete for a spot on the U.S World Cup roster. Players will report to training camp in Las Vegas this month, where the roster will eventually be trimmed to 12 players who will compete at the World Cup in Spain in late August. The complete roster of 19 is as follows:

Guards – Beal, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), DeMar Derozan (Toronto Raptors), Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)

Forwards – Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)

Centers – DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Andre Drummons (Detroit Pistons)

Beal is coming of a breakout season in which he averaged 17.1 PPG and shot over 40% from three point range. His true coming-out party came in the playoffs, where he averaged 19.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals to help lead the Wizards to an upset victory over the Chicago Bulls in the first round. In addition to his shooting, Beal demonstrated strong improvement both as a defender and as a secondary ball handler and playmaker, skills that should serve the team well should he wind up making it onto the final roster. 

Photo credit: Joseph Glorioso Photography / Foter /Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Tags: Basketball, Bradley Beal, Centers, Forwards, Guards, NBA, Washington, Washington Wizards, World Cup

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