For FIBA’s 2017 AmeriCup Tournament, the USA is mixing it up a little bit and sending a bunch of non-NBA or fringe NBA players, instead of a cast of superstars or elite NBA prospects.
Among the 12 players named to Team USA’s roster, 11 are NBA D-League alumni—and one is Marshall Plumlee, who currently has a partially-guaranteed deal with the Los Angeles Clippers that could potentially see him spend time in the NBA next season, as well as with the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. It will be great international experience for the young big man (and a chance for Clippers fans to watch him!), and it’s impressive that he beat out other D-League talent for this roster spot.
Plumlee is the only player in the Clippers’ system who was named to the roster, but several others have been a part of the organization in minor ways. Darrun Hilliard was a part of the 7-player package that the Clippers received in the Chris Paul trade, but they released him on June 29th before his contract became guaranteed. Xavier Munford was in training camp with the Cilppers last season and the coaching staff liked him, but he ultimately did not make the team. Additionally, both Kendall Marshall and Jameel Warney played with the Clippers in last month’s Las Vegas Summer League, with Marshall playing a big role as the team’s primary point guard while Warney struggled to get significant playing time.