USA Basketball will hold its Showcase scrimmage Friday night in Las Vegas and it will be a final opportunity for roster hopefuls to impress the coaching staff. Some cuts are expected to be made this weekend but it is expected that 14 to 15 players will be with the team when they reconvene in Chicago later this month. Friday's scrimmage will begin at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Here is a look at the two squads:
Hard to read much into the way the teams were separated but reports seem to indicate that Atlanta sharpshooter Kyle Korver has a good chance to make the roster while Paul Millsap could be on the outside looking in. NBA.com's John Schuhmann lists Korver and Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried as "specialists" that appear likely to make the roster. We all know what Korver's specialty is but as Schumann also points out, Korver won't hurt the team defensively and seems to be a good fit for what head coach Mike Krzyzewski wants to do.
Faried seems like an odd fit for international play to me but Schumann points out that USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo expressed the need for an energy guy off the bench and Faried can provide that. Its also worth pointing out that Faried has been a part of the original roster while Millsap was a late addition.
At this juncture though little appears to be settled. There is rumblings that Mason Plumlee could have an edge over DeMarcus Cousins as well what still looks like a difficult decision at point guard. Krzyzewski has purposely kept the players in the dark and that should make for a fun an intriguing look at tonight's scrimmage.