When the USA men's national team resumes training Friday in Chicago, nearly two weeks after Paul George was injured in the exhibition that closed the team's camp in Las Vegas, it will be noticeably less star-studded. Besides George, who will miss the FIBA World Cup after breaking both his tibia and fibula in the exhibition, Team USA also will be missing reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant, who withdrew from the team a week ago, citing fatigue.
In combination with the other All-Stars who pulled their names from the USA's pool before the team gathered in Las Vegas, including LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, the absence of Durant and George makes it easy to focus on who's not playing in the World Cup rather than those who are on the roster.
So how does the remaining roster compare to the players USA Basketball has sent to past international competitions? Let's take a look at how the roster stacks up along with a few takeaways regarding player trends and the evolution of Team USA since it started featuring NBA players.