Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Team White forward Chandler Parsons (34) shoots the ball against the defense of USA Team Blue center Anthony Davis (42) during the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
The final roster was announced for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and while it will include current Houston Rockets guard James Harden, swingman Chandler Parsons will not be on the team.
While the argument could be made that Parsons is a superior choice to a few options on the roster, ultimately the team that was chosen to represent the country is diverse in its talents.
It already features several players who bring the same skill set as Parsons, such as the more experienced Rudy Gay; and it’s difficult to make a case for Parsons over a veteran, or even a young All-Star like DeMar DeRozan.
Also cut from the roster were Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward.
Lillard is notable since he was the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in just his second season, but the writing was on the wall for him, since the competition at the point guard position was the toughest (Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry).
Coach Mike Kryzewski told Real GM, “I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have an excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.”