Pistons center Andre Drummond has a good chance to represent his country next month. As the U.S. national team starts workouts in Las Vegas on Monday with a goal of making up the team for the FIBA World Cup, Drummond brings a blend of size and athleticism that could be needed at center. Coach Mike Krzyzewski likely will keep two true centers. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and, maybe, Nuggets energy guy Kenneth Faried would look to be Drummond’s competition — although power forward Anthony Davis of the Pelicans could slide over to center. The late withdrawals of power forwards Kevin Love of the Timberwolves and Blake Griffin of the Clippers could help Drummond’s bid. The 19 players on the roster will train all week before a Friday night exhibition game. The roster could be cut to 15 players after camp, and the final 12 will be selected before the team leaves next month for the World Cup in Spain. It could be a stepping-stone to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond's quest to make Team USA starts this week
Detroit Free Press | Jul 27