The Sacramento Kings could have an Olympian.
Though Harrison Barnes was denied his likelihood to develop into a two-time Olympian for Workforce USA, Chimezie Metu will seemingly be representing the Kings. Metu made the 15-man roster for Workforce Nigeria, which was introduced Tuesday.
The official roster must be trimmed to 12 gamers, however Metu has a very good likelihood of creating that ultimate lower, contemplating his NBA pedigree. He’s one in all eight gamers on this group who at present performs within the NBA, together with Miami’s Treasured Achiuwa, KZ Okpala, and Gabe Vincent; Milwaukee’s Jordan Nwora; Detroit’s Jahlil Okafor; Minnesota’s Josh Okogie; and Utah’s Miye Oni. That doesn’t embrace Ekpe Udoh, who had a seven-year profession within the league.
Metu was beforehand on the Nigerian staff within the 2019 FIBA World Cup. He performed in all three group video games, averaging 11 factors and 6 rebounds per sport off the bench, however the D’Tigers didn’t make it to the knockout rounds.
They’ve larger hopes for this 12 months’s Olympic video games, now with extra NBA expertise and an NBA head coach in Mike Brown. They’re in Group B together with Australia, Germany, and Italy, all of whom are good groups, however not precisely powerhouses, giving Nigeria an honest likelihood of advancing previous the group stage.
The staff’s weak point seems to be its guard play, which isn’t an space Metu can actually assist in. Metu’s capability to toggle between the 4 and 5 ought to come in useful, although, given the glut of bigs on the roster.
Metu had the perfect season of his skilled profession on the Kings this previous 12 months. It might be fairly cool to observe him proceed his glow-up on the Olympics stage.