FIBA World Cup 2023: Team USA receives commitments from NBA's rising stars

2023-06-05 05:22

Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, Austin Reaves, Mikal Bridges, Bobby Portis, and Jalen Brunson committed to play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup 2023. Reaves chooses the USA over Germany.

Credit: AP - Scanpix
Credit AP - Scanpix

Team USA roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup 2023 in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia is starting to come together, with several talented NBA up-and-coming players making their debut for the American national team.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania and Joe Vardon, Anthony Edwards from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tyrese Haliburton from the Indiana Pacers, Austin Reaves from the Los Angeles Lakers, Mikal Bridges from the Brooklyn Nets, Bobby Portis from the Milwaukee Bucks, and Jalen Brunson from the New York Knicks have committed to playing for Team USA.

Edwards, who will be turning 22 during the training camp in August, had an impressive season, averaging 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists, earning him his first All-Star selection.

Jalen Brunson

Jalen  Brunson
Jalen  Brunson
MIN: 35.71
PTS: 24.54 (57.45%)
REB: 3.73
As: 6.11
ST: 0.96
BL: 0.2
TO: 2.09
GM: 79

Haliburton, 23, also an All-Star this season, showcased his skills as a point guard with averages of 20.7 points, 10.4 assists, 3.6 boards, and 1.6 steals per game.

Reaves, 25, had a breakout year with the Lakers, contributing 13.0 points per game and displaying proficiency from beyond the arc. Interestingly, Reaves had the opportunity to represent the German national team due to his eligibility through his grandmother and brother, but he ultimately decided to commit to Team USA.

Meanwhile, Bridges, 26, proved himself as a key player for the Nets, averaging 20.1 points for the season and 26.1 points in 27 games with Brooklyn.

Portis, 28, a defensive Bucks cornerstone, averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds this season and was considered for the Sixth Man of the Year award.

Brunson, 26, who emerged as the Knicks leader, averaged 24.0 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per contest.

Team USA's training camp will begin on August 3 in Las Vegas, followed by an exhibition game against Puerto Rico on August 7. They will then launch a two-week tour in Spain and the United Arab Emirates before starting World Cup play on August 26 against New Zealand.


Date Opponent Location
Aug. 7, 2023 Puerto Rico Las Vegas, NV
Aug. 12, 2023 Slovenia Malaga, ESP
Aug. 13, 2023 Spain Malaga, ESP
Aug. 18, 2023 Greece Abu Dhabi, UAE
Aug. 20, 2023 Germany Abu Dhabi, UAE


Date Opponent Time
Aug. 26, 2023 New Zealand 8:40 a.m. ET
Aug. 28, 2023 Greece 8:40 a.m. ET
Aug. 30, 2023 Jordan 8:40 a.m. ET


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