Former Texas standouts Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge made the initial cut of 28 NBA players announced Thursday for consideration to the 2014-16 USA National Team.
The final roster will ultimately be whittled down before the 2014 World Championships. Assuming the team advances, the same group will play in the 2016 Olympics.
“This is the first step of building the USA Basketball National Team pool of players for 2014-16,” Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. Colangelo is the national team managing director. “This roster is extremely talented, deep and versatile.”
The news came on the same day Durant was named a West starter for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. He’s currently in the midst of an incredible January. Durant has posted the four highest scoring games in the NBA this season. He currently leads the NBA with 31 points per game.
Durant was far and away the West team’s No. 1 fan pick, racking up almost 1.4 million votes.
Here’s a complete list of the 28 players considered for Team USA:
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets
Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
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