The pre-tournament warm-up is set with Team USA
visiting Australia ahead of the main event in China
and they are bringing out the stars with James Harden,
Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson
- considered basketball's next big thing - among
the players set to be involved.
will prove a real test for the Aussies but there
are plenty of reasons to think that the Boomers
can achieve their goals this summer. Andrew Bogut
leading the way There are not many Aussie players
better than Sydney Kings and Golden State Warriors'
Andrew Bogut. The 7ft-centre was the first overall
draft pick back in 2005 when he was picked up by
the Milwaukee Bucks and the 34-year-old helped his
current side reach the NBA final.
He is a much-honoured player and during his time
in the NBA, he has appeared in the NBA All-Defensive
Team in 2015 and won the Championship with Golden
State in 2015.
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Bogut is not the only high-performance player in
the Boomers squad, which was announced on 26 May.
have a plethora of talent and this is, arguably,
the best group they have ever been able to put together
meaning they're looking competitive as they head
to China. The pre-tournament visit of Team USA will
provide a stern test for those credentials but head
coach Andrej Lemanis was in a positive mood when
the squad was revealed.
doubt, we have the opportunity to put a great team
on the floor and that's exciting," he
told reporters at the time.
with the best players in the country is such an
honour and privilege - I feel extremely blessed
to again have this opportunity. We are excited about
the team we will have in China for the FIBA World
Cup and the opportunities that lie ahead."
advent of the World Cup has helped boost the popularity
of an already well-followed sport in Australia.
The depth and quality of the players heading to
China to represent the Boomers will only help push
fans closer to the game. If Australia can do well
in the World Cup then there is no reason why the
bright future Australian basketball has can't burn
that little bit stronger.