Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins Survives First Team USA Cuts

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Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Basketball players DeMarcus Cousins (36) and Kevin Durant (52) offer words of encouragement to guard Paul George as he is taken off the court on a gurney after suffering a leg injury during the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

After an incredibly eventful few days for all involved with USA Basketball, the first roster cuts ahead of the FIBA World Cup have been made, according to reports. Many have suggested that DeMarcus Cousins‘ place in the final squad could be in jeopardy, but he seems to have survived the first phase of the selection process anyway.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported the news of the cuts yesterday evening, with the Washington Wizards’ John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks, all set to stay at home during the tournament.

DeMarcus Cousins has yet to see off all of his competition though, and he’ll need strong performances in his next couple of games, to convince coach Mike Krzyzewski and the selection panel that he is deserving of his seat on the team’s flight to Spain.

Anthony Davis is considered a lock among the big men, meaning it’s likely that Cousins will be battling it out with Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee for the backup center spot.

Cousins has a real opportunity to seize that final spot, and go on to make an impact in the competition. According to Sean Cunningham of News10, Cousins evn has plenty of support within the camp, including from the reigning MVP Kevin Durant.

Let’s take a quick look at why Cousins should make the final squad for Spain.

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