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Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge make initial Team USA roster

Posted January 23rd, 2014

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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.”

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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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