Raptors' DeMar DeRozan among U.S. invitees for World Cup

Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan was among 19 players selected for this summer's U.S. national team roster on Monday.

All-star led Toronto with 22.7 points per game last season

Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan is a native of California and led his team in scoring last season. (Dave Sandford/NBAe via Getty Images)

Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan was among 19 players selected for this summer's U.S. national team roster on Monday.

The 22-year-old California native led the team in averaging 22.7 points per game, guiding the club to its first post-season berth in six years. It will be his first taste of U.S. national basketball. 

Derrick Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men's basketball champions will also be participating.

Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers announced, along with new addition Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas.

Players will report to training camp in Las Vegas this month, with the roster cut to 12 before the World Cup of Basketball in Spain.

Rose is trying to make the team after his NBA season was cut short by another knee operation.

The rest of the roster: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Paul George (Indiana), Damian Lillard (Portland), Gordon Hayward (Utah), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Bradley Beal (Washington), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Kenneth Faried (Denver) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta).

The Americans previously announced a 28-player roster pool in January, though it was planned that players such as two-time Olympic champions LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul would sit out this summer and perhaps come back at the 2016 Summer Games.

Also missing from the original pool is NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio and Portland All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who was expected to play this summer.

So the U.S. will be led by Durant, the NBA scoring champion from the Oklahoma City Thunder who was the MVP of the 2010 World Championship, which has since been renamed. Curry, Love and Rose also played on that team, the first from the U.S. to win the tournament since 1994.

But Rose has had a tough time remaining healthy since, tearing a knee ligament in the 2012 playoffs, missing the entire next season and then getting knocked out by surgery shortly after returning last season.

His chances of making the team were strengthened last week when Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook withdrew from consideration to rest because of knee injuries.

With files from CBCSports.ca


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