Over the years more and more international players have joined the NBA, proving there's many national teams in the world besides United States.
One of them is Australia, who have released their Men's Basketball roster for this summer's Olympics, which features Philadelphia 76ers teammates Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle.
BREAKING NEWS – Basketball Australia is excited to announce the Australian Men’s Basketball Olympic Squad and coaching appointments for @Tokyo2020.— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) February 2, 2021
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The squad features Utah's Joe Ingles, San Antonio's Patty Mills, Cleveland's Matthew Dellavedova, Dallas rookie Josh Green and more NBA names, which will have to be reduced to 12 players by Coach Brian Goorjian for the Olympic tournament.
“It is a well-balanced squad selected by position with a nice blend of experience coupled with a lot of new and exciting players coming through,” Coach Goorjian said. “These are our top 24 available players and included is significant representation from the NBL, showing the strength of our local league where the standard of competition is recognised worldwide.
“I have spoken to each player over the past fortnight and have been extremely impressed, to a man, by their overwhelming desire to play for Australia in Tokyo.”