The FIBA World Cup is now only 40 days away. Hosted by Spain this time around, the USA will head to Europe with an intriguing young roster. Only Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis remain form the team who claimed gold at the London Olympics, leaving plenty of room for new faces.
One of those new faces for the U.S. team is the Detroit Pistons very own Andre Drummond.
It’s a great honor for the 20-year-old, as traditionally the World Cup is only staged every four years, yet after this tournament that will be extended to five years. Drummond’s inclusion in the squad, that enters training camp next week, is a sign of his standing around the NBA, and the incredible progress he has made in two years as a professional.
It will be a real challenge for Drummond to fight for minutes on the floor in the tournament, as with Davis and DeMarcus Cousins also on the roster, competition at center is stiff. Either way, it should be an incredible experience for Drummond, and one that can help improve his game further for the Pistons when he returns to the NBA.
Let’s take a look at three aspects of the USA Basketball experience that can help elevate Drummond’s standing in the NBA even further.