Tobias Harris and Dwight Howard named 2021 USA Men’s Basketball Team Finalists
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic suspended everything in the world last summer. The Olympics were no exception. The 2020 Olympics are now the 2021 Olympics and the USA Men’s Basketball team is working on finalizing their roster for the summer. Today, 57 finalists were announced for the roster and included two Philadelphia 76ers’ players.
Tobias Harris and Dwight Howard both cracked the final 57 player roster list on Thursday. Howard should definitely be considered a long shot to make the team at this point in his career although he has made Team USA in the past, most recently in Beijing. Tobias Harris is an interesting name to watch. Harris, who is having a career season, is averaging 20.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season. Harris was a borderline All-Star this year but got “snubbed” in the final voting.
12 of the 57 finalists will be selected early this summer. Training camp will begin on July 1st.
The original pool of players include: Bam Adebayo, LaMarcus Aldridge, Barnes, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylen Brown, Butler, Mike Conley, Curry, Davis, DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Durant, George, Green, Harden, Montrezl Harrell, Joe Harris, Tobias Harris, Gordon Hayward, Dwight Howard, Brandon Ingram, Irving, James, Kyle Kuzma, Leonard, Damian Lillard, Brook Lopez, Love, Lowry, JaVale McGee, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Victor Oladipo, Paul, Mason Plumlee, Jayson Tatum, Myles Turner, Kemba Walker, Westbrook and Derrick White.
New additions for 2021: Zion Williamson, Duncan Robinson, Jarrett Allen, Jerami Grant, Blake Griffin, Jrue Holiday, Zach LaVine, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, Fred VanVleet, Trae Young, Eric Gordon, John Wall and Christian Wood.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer