Only one Olympian on USA roster for FIBA World Cup 

Rio 2016 basketball gold medallist Harrison Barnes and Kemba Walker headline US squad bidding to secure a hat-trick of titles and a spot at Tokyo 2020

By Sven Busch ·

Harrison Barnes is the only player with Olympic experience to make the final U.S. roster for the FIBA World Cup in China.

The Sacramento Kings power forward helped Team USA win Olympic gold at Rio 2016.

The 27-year-old, Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell headline the 12-man squad which will that is hoping to clinch its Olympic berth for Tokyo 2020 despite the NBA's best players opting to skip the tournament.

USA's Kemba Walker during the 98-94 warm-up defeat to Australia in Melbourne

Walker, Celtics team-mate Marcus Smart and Mitchell have been named co-captains for the World Cup starting on August 31.

The Celtics are the most represented franchise in the squad with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum also included.

Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers) who is suffering from a left ankle injury was the player cut from the provisional 13 currently in Australia for World Cup warm-up games.

Team USA's shock 98-94 defeat to Australia on Saturday (August 24) served as a wake-up call ahead of the competition in China, ending a 78-game winning streak for the national team.

The squad will wrap up in Sydney on August 28 before heading to Shanghai for its opening World Cup game against the Czech Republic on September 1.

The other two matches in the group stage are against Turkey on September 3 and Japan on September 5.

The final 12

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, an assistant when USA suffered their last defeat at the Olympic Games to Argentina in the Athens 2004 semi-finals, became head coach after Rio 2016.

This World Cup will be his first major assignment and this is his 12-man squad:

  • Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
  • Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)
  • Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
  • Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets)
  • Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics)
  • Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
  • Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
  • Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics)
  • Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).