As Team USA continue to build on its preparations for the FIBA World Cup in Spain next month, the Atlanta Hawks are well represented in the 19-man training camp squad. Kyle Korver has been involved in the entire process since provisional rosters were announced a couple of months back, and now, following the withdrawals of Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, All-Star Paul Millsap has been added to the squad.
Although the Hawks have been looked down on by many for a sub .500 season last year, that never told the full story. The Hawks were decimated by injuries for much of the season, and the fact that they managed to make the playoffs, and then compete when they got there, deserved to be commended.
Korver and Millsap were two of the guys who kept it all together for Atlanta, and as a result, many Hawks fans feel their selection for Team USA acts as recognition of the team’s resilience.
A year or so ago, not many would have expected Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap to be among the names competing for spots in the USA’s final 12-man roster for the World Cup, but it’s a testament to their hard work and progress alongside the coaching staff in Atlanta. Although both are now established veterans, they have continued to develop and hone their skills deep into their career.
Let’s take a look at how both players earned the right to be considered for selection, and what type of contribution they can make if they make the final cut.