Auburn Hills — The Detroit Pistons could be well represented on the USA Basketball National Team that competes in the 2019 USA World Cup and 2020 Olympics.
Big men Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin were named to the 35-member roster for the national team, USA Basketball announced Friday. The team will attend a minicamp July 25-27 in Las Vegas.
The final roster of 12 members will be selected to compete in the World Cup and 2020 Olympics from that group.
The team of 35 is a star-studded group, including LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green.
“While we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for in 2018, the selection and announcement of our new pool of national team members and this year’s July minicamp are important first steps in our preparations to defend the FIBA World Cup and Olympic titles,” said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as managing director of the USA National Team since 2005.
Drummond was part of the 2014 national team that won the gold medal at the USA World Cup. Former Piston Tobias Harris, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in the deal for Griffin, also was selected to attend the minicamp.