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Team USA bares 12-man roster for FIBA World Cup

Donovan Mitchell of Team USA and Kemba Walker celebrate after a play during the game against the Australian Boomers on August 24, 2019 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia

MANILA, Philippines — After an injury forced Kyle Kuzma to the sidelines, Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich has named his final 12-man lineup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

Following more than a handful of withdrawals from NBA superstars, the American basketball squad were still able to field a formidable group of players.

???? 2019 USA Men’s World Cup Team roster announced#FIBAWC x #USAGotGamehttps://t.co/MjsW7mlvaT

— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 24, 2019

Team USA's official World Cup roster includes 2016 Olympic gold medalist Harrison Barnes, 2014 World Cup champion Mason Plumlee, Jaylen Brown, Joe Harris, Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell and Marcus Smart.

Also included in the lineup are Jayson Tatum, Myles Turner, Kemba Walker and Derrick White.

Players that chose to opt out of playing in the tournament include Toronto's Kyle Lowry, PJ Tucker and De'Aaron Fox.

Zion Williamson also chose to sit out the World Cup.

Team USA suffered a shock loss against Australia in their pre-World Cup preparations on Saturday. They officially kick off their 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign on September 1 when the face the Czech Republic.

Credit belongs to : www.philstar.com

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