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Derrick White named to Team USA roster

The FIBA World Cup starts on August 31.

USA Basketball Mens National Team Practice - Australia Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

This is almost certainly the worst Team USA roster in history. But among the stank of Marcus Smart literally being a captain of the national team, there is good news. Derrick White, Colorado Buffaloes icon, has been named to the final roster.

White was the final addition to the team, one week before the FIBA World Cup starts on August 31. He fills in for Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers forward who was injured in Team USA’s Friday night loss to Australia. That loss snapped a 78-game win streak for the Americans.

The full roster is:

Kemba Walker (C), G, Boston Celtics

Marcus Smart (C), G, Celtics

Donovan Mitchell (C), G, Utah Jazz

Derrick White, G, San Antonio Spurs

Khris Middleton, F, Milwaukee Bucks

Joe Harris, F, Brooklyn Nets

Jaylen Brown, F, Celtics

Jason Tatum, F, Celtics

Harrison Barnes, F, Sacramento Kings

Myles Turner, C, Indiana Pacers

Brook Lopez, C, Bucks

Mason Plumlee, C, Denver Nuggets


As much as I love White (and Jaylen Brown), that is a lot of Boston and one too many Plumlees on the roster. I'll root for White to show out -- especially playing for head coach Gregg Popovich -- but I'm going to root for someone else. Maybe Nikola Jokic's Serbia side, or a Greece squad featuring three Antetokounmpos, or even the Aussies who just beat USA.