After outdueling the MVP on the NBA’s biggest stage, Kyrie Irving will be joining the national team and travel down to Rio with USA Basketball after accepting his invitation.
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ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report the news, and Irving will join Golden State’s Harrison Barnes as the two last players on the roster. It’s been well documented that many of the NBA’s best point guards have declined the invitations that have been sent to them. Most notably, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard, three of the league’s premier floor generals, have decided to take the summer off to rest.
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Fortunately, the NBA’s depth at the point guard position allowed Team USA to add Kyle Lowry and Uncle Drew, who are both all-stars and top-10 at their position. The 24-year-old magician has put himself next to Kevin Durant as USAB’s biggest star and is certainly one of the most talented players on the roster. Irving is not shy when the lights come on, and his average of 31 points per game over the final four games of the Finals is a clear indicator. He outMVPed the MVP and sunk the three at the end of Game 7 with less than a minute left that, essentially, won the championship.
These Olympics will be the first for Irving, but he already made a name for him in the international game. Two years ago, he competed with USAB in the 2014 FIBA World Cup and was named MVP after a 26 point performance against Serbia in a 129-92 win in the Gold Medal Game.