Harrison Barnes’ career-best season continues, as he was confirmed among the many listing of 57 finalists for the 2021 Group USA Olympic roster. Barnes was beforehand one of many 42 finalists launched final 12 months earlier than the Olympics had been postponed.
USA Basketball added an extra 15 to have some flexibility relying on participant availability since coaching camp will coincide with the ultimate rounds of the NBA postseason. In the meanwhile, that shouldn’t be an issue for Barnes, although issues might change by the March 25 commerce deadline.
Barnes has been a fixture of USA Basketball all through his profession, taking part in a complete of 25 worldwide video games. His expertise with the senior nationwide staff started when he was a part of the 2014 Choose Group that scrimmaged towards the eventual 2014 World Champions. He was on the Olympic staff in 2016 that gained gold in Rio de Janeiro, although he solely performed 4 video games and 32 complete minutes throughout that match.
Three years later, Barnes was a starter on the 2019 World Cup staff, averaging 11.6 factors in 26.5 minutes per sport. Alas, that group completed in seventh place, the bottom end in any world championship for Group USA. It doesn’t seem that end result has diminished USA Basketball’s fondness for Barnes, nevertheless, since he stays part of the participant pool beneath Gregg Popovich, who will as soon as once more be the pinnacle coach.
It’s price noting a member of the Kings who is just not among the many finalists: De’Aaron Fox. Regardless of arguably outplaying Barnes this season (and in truth, being extra more likely to be obtainable in July), Fox was not on the listing of 57. Maybe there may be some lingering resentment with USA Basketball after Fox withdrew from the 2019 World Cup roster, when the staff actually might have used a participant along with his skillset.
Regardless, this may be an important honor for Barnes if he makes the Olympic staff, which might be no small feat contemplating the scale of the pool. Better of luck to the Black Falcon.