Team USA adds Hawks' Paul Millsap to training camp roster

Team USA adds Hawks' Paul Millsap to training camp roster
July 27, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Team USA's roster is back to 19 after reportedly inviting Atlanta forward Paul Millsap to its training camp this week in Las Vegas.

Coming off an impressive season with the Hawks, Millsap adds another power forward option after Kevin Love and Blake Griffin recently withdrew from this cycle of international basketball. 

The group of 19, which includes the Washington Wizards' starting backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal, will be cut to 12 before heading to Spain next month for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Marc Stein with ESPN first reported the addition of Millsap, calling the invite a "surprise." Yet the 6-foot-8, 253-pounder with 3-point shooting range is a logical selection (Millsap made my list of possible options following Love's announced departure). Millsap sank 35.8 percent of a career-high 212 three-point attempts last season while averaging a 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds.

In fact, if Millsap can quickly get up to speed with Team USA's schemes and the differences with international play, he stands a very strong chance of making the final roster. 

Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant and Paul George are frontcourt locks. Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins are the only true centers and there might not be room for both. Kenneth Faried and Chandler Parsons are the other options at forward, though members of the select team that will practice against the national team this week could play their way onto the roster.

Previously I looked at chances for Wall and Beal to make the squad.

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