The USA Men's Basketball Team, or the Celtics 2.0?
If Boston Celtics fans are excited to see how the new 2018-19 Celtics roster will play together, there may be an opportunity sooner rather than later. A two-game series of exhibition basketball has been slated to take place in Melbourne, Australia for over a year now. Pitting the national basketball team of the United States of America against that of Australia, the set was expected to be a solid preview of next year's 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. However, many of the marquee names on the U.S. team, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, have withdrawn from the event over the past year. Now, the team's biggest star is probably Kemba Walker.
Walker is a part of the U.S. team that also consists of Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown. These four players are a major bulk of the team that the Celtics will trot out onto the court this October, and it will be very intriguing to see how they gel and play together on the August 22 and August 24 basketball games.
The only two major members of the Celtics to not be part of the roster are Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter. Kanter, obviously, could not be a part of the American team and he probably does not want to risk leaving the country anyway at this current juncture.
Joining the four Celtics on the Team USA roster are Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers), Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Julius Randle (New York Knicks), P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets), Thaddeus Young (Chicago Bulls), and Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers).
Even though the stars are a bit lacking, that is still a solid roster. And maybe some experience playing overseas together will give the Celtics a leg up in chemistry once this autumn rolls around to the rest of the league.