Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Portland Trail Blazer forward Lamarcus Aldridge are among 28 players named to the 2014-16 U.S. Men's National Team Pool. The pool will be slimmed down to select the 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the team qualifies, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.
Per the release, the USA National Team pool will be fluid. USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo may add athletes at any time.
"This is the first step of building the USA Basketball National Team pool of players for 2014-16," said Colangelo. "This roster is extremely talented, deep and versatile. We are very fortunate to have 11 of the 12 members who won gold at the London Olympics wanting to be part of the national team program again. To receive that kind of commitment is remarkable, and it demonstrates how much it means to our players to represent USA Basketball and their country."
As one of the key pieces of the USA Basketball foundation and one of the three or so best players in the NBA, Durant is considered a shoo-in to make the team. And with Aldridge's versatility — he's a 6-foot-11 player who plays power forward in the NBA, but could also play center in the international game — he could have an excellent shot to make the squad as well.
The ability to play multiple positions, with a pared-down set roster that can't account for injuries, is something that Colangelo has looked at in the past.