San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has been named to the initial the 2014-16 national team roster, USA Basketball announced today.
The team will be used to form the next Olympic Basketball team as well as the next World Cup team for this summer's tournament.
With his stellar defense and offense, Kawhi will be quite a force in international play but with the Spurs already having players who regularly commit to playing for their national teams over the sumer (Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills, Boris Diaw, Aron Baynes, and Manu Ginobili), seeing Leonard suit up instead of resting may not sit well with fans.
The risk of injury does increase and considering Kawhi has dealt with injuries in his young career (including the recent injury he suffered), seeing the future of the team risk injury in the offseason is something to ponder.
Nevertheless, this is an honor for the young NBA star and deserves this accolades and more.
Here is the full list of players on the initial roster:
The gold medal winners on the roster are Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers), Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets), Tyson Chandler (Knicks), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) and Dwight Howard (Houston). Blake Griffin (Clippers) was named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic team but could not play because of an injury. Rounding out the team are Stephen Curry (Golden State), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), LeMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Bradley Beal (Washington), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks), David Lee (Golden State), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Damian Lillard (Portland) and Klay Thompson (Golden State).