Team USA has made the first set of roster cuts, and Wizards fans won't be happy with the results. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that John Wall,Bradley Beal, and Paul Millsap have been cut from Team USA, ending their chances of playing in the FIBA World Cup later this month. The roster is now down to 15 players, with one more set of cuts coming before the team has it's final roster of 12.
Wizards fans will undoubtedly be disappointed by Wall and Beal being cut, but both players faced an uphill battle from the get go. Point guard was the deepest position on the roster with Wall, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard all battling for spots. Derrick Rose returning to MVP form and looking like the best player on the team didn't help Wall's chances, and Irving was always a good bet to make the team due to his ties to Coach K. It came down to Wall and Lillard, and Lillard simply had a better camp, demonstrating his proven knack for clutch shooting while Wall's defense and playmaking failed to really stand out.
Beal was one of the longer shots to make the team. He's a skilled shooter, but the roster is loaded with shooters like Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons. Another factor working against Beal is his lack of positional flexibility. While the aforementioned players can all play multiple positions, with Hayward and Parsons even able to log minutes at the 4, the 6'4" Beal can really only play the 2. Beal's all-around game simply didn't stand out enough to merit inclusion on the team, and their wasn't really room for a specialist.
Wall and Beal will certainly have future opportunities to play for Team USA, and they remain two of the best young guards on the NBA. Attending camp with the NBA's elite will serve as great preparation for the season, and Wall and Beal will use their snubs as motivation as they attempt to repeat last year's playoff success.
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