When the first ever “World Cup of Basketball” rolls around during the summer of 2014, the United States will have at least two top-flight players on their roster. On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Love and Kevin Durant announced, during a press conference in Las Vegas, that they have agreed to take part in the festivities.
The pair of Kevin’s form a strong foundation for the roster that is sure to feature a mix of multiple NBA All-Stars and up-and-coming young talents. Kevin Durant is the consensus 2nd-best player in the world as we speak, and he would be the default “go-to guy” if Lebron James elects to step away from the team. Durant just finished a whirlwind season that saw him average 28.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per season with outstanding shooting percentages of 51% from the field, 41.6% from three, and 90.5% from the free-throw line.
As for Love, it wasn’t as fantastic of a season, but he’s still one of the best players in the world. Love missed 64 games during the 2012-2013 campaign, but he was still highly effective when on the court. He’s one of the best rebounders on Earth (14.0 per game in 2012-13 and 12.2 per game for his career), and he’s added a deadly long-distance arsenal to his game in recent years.
In addition to their on-court exploits, I can’t picture a greater duo for the team off the court, and this is a win-win for everyone involved. The “World Cup” is over a year away, but the tension is already building, and it’ll be another opportunity for the U.S. to maintain their stranglehold on International hoops.