Report: Pistons’ Drummond should make Team USA roster

LAS VEGAS — Reports out of Las Vegas say Pistons third-year center Andre Drummond should make the USA FIBA World Cup team as a second-team backup to starters Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

Davis (New Orleans) is projected as the starter at power forward, Cousins (Sacramento) the starter at center.

Other projected starters are Stephen Curry (Golden State), James Harden (Houston) and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City).

With decisions not to play from Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard, the U.S. team is short on big men, which makes Drummond almost a lock to make team.

Despite not having LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Love and Howard, the U.S. is considered one of the World Cup favorites along with Spain, which features Marc and Pau Gasol.

Drummond’s role could be to battle Marc Gasol off the bench, especially with a thin U.S. front line and the penchant for Cousins to get in foul trouble. Drummond, the NBA’s second-leading rebounder last season at 13.2 per game, would be counted on for defense and rebounding.

His block of a Draymond Green dunk attempt was the highlight of the team’s opening practice Monday.

With Paul George (Indiana), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Damian Lillard (Portland), Klay Thompson (Golden State) and Paul Millsap (Atlanta) leading candidates to obtain reserve spots, Drummond is the only legitimate big man and center besides the starters left on the roster. Kyle Korver is expected to gain the last roster spot over the likes of Derrick Rose (Chicago), John Wall (Washington), Gordon Hayward (Utah) and Bradley Beal (Washington) because of his outside shooting.


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