No Andrew Wiggins, no problem.
The disconnect between Wiggins and Canada Basketball seemed like a big deal when Wiggins looked like a budding star from a country without much basketball pedigree. But Wiggins has stagnated. Canada, on the other hand, looks like a rising international power.
Canada Basketball announced its training-camp invitations for the FIBA World Cup. The list includes a whop 17 NBA players:
Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets)
Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder)
R.J. Barrett (New York Knicks)
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans Pelicans)
Brandon Clarke (Memphis Grizzlies)
Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat)
Cory Joseph (Sacramento Kings)
Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks)
Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies)
Trey Lyles (San Antonio Spurs)
Khem Birch (Orlando Magic)
Mfiondu Kabengele (Los Angeles Clippers)
Nik Stauskas (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Chris Boucher (Toronto Raptors)
Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Marial Shayok (Philadelphia 76ers)
Though the Nuggets clearly expect Murray to reach the next level, this group is short on star power right now. Don’t expect Canada rival Team USA. But this is a deep pool of solid players. They should be competitive in the tournament this fall in China.