March 3, 2024

Two of our Cavs are trying out for Team USA for the 2024 Olympics

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USA Basketball announced today a 41-athlete player pool for the 2024 USA Basketball Men’s National Team. The players were selected by USA Basketball Men’s National Team Managing Director Grant Hill and are subject to change. The 12-member 2024 USA Men’s National Team, which will represent the United States at the 2024 Olympic Summer Games in Paris, France will be announced at a later date.

Two members of the Cleveland Cavaliers are part of this 41-member pool. Guard Donovan Mitchell and center Jarrett Allen are the two Cleveland Cavaliers who will be competing for a spot on the 12-man Team USA basketball roster. I believe that Donovan Mitchell will make this team and I believe that Jarrett Allen will have a great shot at making this final roster. Because the Olympics take place very quickly after the NBA Finals there may be some players that aren’t available for the Olympics either due to they are fatigued from the NBA playoffs or due to injury. Hopefully, Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen will both be healthy enough to participate in these Olympics if they are picked for the team.

Donovan Mitchell should make this team but of course, the competition will be fierce. He will be competing against guards such as Steph Curry, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, James Harden, Jrue Holiday, Tyrese Haliburton, Jalen Brunson and Trae Young.

I believe Jarrett Allen will have a chance to make Team USA as their third-string center but it won’t be easy! Joel Embiid who was born in Cameroon but became a US citizen in 2022 is now part of the Team USA basketball pool so he will probably be one of the centers. Center Bam Adebayo who has participated in previous Team USA tournaments will probably also make the team. Power forward Jaren Jackson will also be a competitor to Jarrett Allen for this team.

If he had been healthy this season, I believe Cavs forward Evan Mobley would’ve been given a chance to try out for this Team USA basketball team. It’s possible a healthy Darius Garland also would’ve been given a shot to make this team as well…

It will be fascinating to see who Grant Hill the Managing Director of Team USA will pick for his final 12-man roster to represent the USA for this summer’s 2024 Olympics to be held in Paris. Hopefully, our two Cleveland Cavaliers make it onto Team USA!

-BP in Pepper Pike

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