Despite his immense talent and upside, Andre Drummond’s inclusion on Team USA’s 12-man roster was a bit of a surprise. The way USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo looks at it, however, having the Detroit Pistons center on the team – as well as the likes of DeMarcus Cousins, Mason Plumlee and Anthony Davis – gives USA “an opportunity to throw a new look at people.” "This gives us an opportunity to do some things we haven't had a chance to do in the past," Colangelo told ESPN.com. "It's true that the preferred style of play (in recent years) has been going small, but you have to ask: Was that by choice or by necessity? "Early on (this summer), we said it would be hard to carry four bigs, but that was kind of put on the shelf. Certainly there won't be any discussion going forward about, ‘What are going to do about bigs, what are you going to do about playing teams with size?' If Coach wishes to show a big front line, he now has the capacity to do so.” Team USA’s starters are Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis. The reserves will be Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson, Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Cousins, Plumlee and Drummond.
Team USA: Andre Drummond gives us great size advantage
Detroit Free Press | Aug 24