Curry, Cousins vying for Team USA roster spots

Curry, Cousins vying for Team USA roster spots
July 27, 2013, 11:15 am
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Stephen Curry helped Team USA win gold at the 2010 FIBA World Cup, while DeMarcus Cousins could impact the 2014 team. (AP)

Team USA's roster for the 2014 FIBA World Cup hasn't been fully filled yet, but Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk has some early predictions about who will be playing in Spain next summer. Two players he thinks will be there: the Warriors' Stephen Curry and the Kings' DeMarcus Cousins.

While the FIBA World Cup might not get as much attention as the Olympics, it still is important because it affects Team USA's qualification for the upcoming Olympic games. If the U.S. team takes first place at the 2014 World Championships, they automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. If they fall short, they have to win a qualification tournament in 2015 in order to play in Rio.

The other players on Helin's list:
Russell Westbrook
Derrick Rose
Kyrie Irving
James Harden
Paul George
Kevin Durant
Kawhi Leonard
Kevin Love
Blake Griffin
Anthony Davis

Two of those players -- Durant and Love -- will definitely be on the squad after making an official announcement last month. The others Helin chose, though, are guesses based on players' performances on past national teams and during the recent USA mini-camp held in Las Vegas.

Helin doesn't expect stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Warriors' new wing Andre Iguodala to join the roster, since they are more established than the much younger players on his list. The average age of the twelve players on the list is 23. At 25 years old, Curry is the old man of the group -- no one else on the list is older than 24.

Are there any players Helin left off the list that should get consideration?