It seems possible that the C's are gonna be represented by 8 players in the upcoming FIBA World Cup, hence I decided to make a thread about it.
USA: Kemba, Brown, Tatum, Smart
Nigeria: Semi (he's on the 44-man preliminary list)
*alongside his brother(?) Youssoupha Fall who is just 7'3.75''
The US 16-man preliminary roster:
(at least 4 of them aren't gonna make the cut)
PG: Kemba, Lowry, Fox, Smart
SG: Mitchell, Brown
SF: Middleton, Tatum, Barnes
PF: Kuzma, Thad Young, PJ Tucker
C: Brook Lopez, Turner, Adebayo, Plumlee
With that many star players withdrawing from the roster, the situation reminds me of the 2002 World Cup in Indianapolis when the US finished 6th. Don't get me wrong, they are obviously the favorites, but there are plenty of good teams which could give them a run for their money.
Serbia: Jokic, Bogdan Bogdanovic (the one playing for the Kings), Bjelica, Marjanovic, Teodosic
Spain: Marc Gasol, Rubio, the Hernangomez brothers
Greece: Giannis + plenty of good players at the Euroleague level. Thing is, only one of them (Sloukas) is a knockdown shooter.
France: Gobert, Fournier, Batum, Ntilikina
Lithuania, Canada, Australia aren't half bad either.
I guess it's gonna be a fun tournament. The US haven't lost a single game since the semi final against Greece, back in 2006. The way I see it, they look beatable once again.