How would this lineup fare in the 2019 FIBA World Cup?
Though undersized, that unit has a ton of talent. With even an average bench, that group could medal.
It's a tribute to the United States' depth of talent.
Those five players have all reversed plans to attend USA Basketball's training camp next month. Beal is the latest to withdraw.
That's a joyous reason for Beal not to play.
It also leaves the Americans in a bind. They're down to just 15 players listed as in consideration for the World Cup roster:
And Lowry is dealing with a thumb injury.
Donovan Mitchell is the only shooting guard on that list. Beal, McCollum and Gordon pulling out zapped the depth at that position. Team USA can use two-point guard lineups or play bigger wings like Khris Middleton at the two. But I wouldn't be surprised if more players get added to the training-camp roster.