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Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes Invited to 27-player Team USA Minicamp

USA Basketball officially announced the 27 players its inviting to the minicamp in Las Vegas in July, and two Warriors made the list (as previously reported). Oakland native Damian Lillard was also selected.

The invited players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21, and will conduct daily training sessions July 22-24 (12:00-2:30 p.m. PDT) and close out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV.

All USA practices will take place at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center and are closed to the general public. Here is the full roster. Some of these potential match-ups look intriguing.

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NAME                                   POS        HGT       WGT        DOB      NBA TEAM / COLLEGE

Ryan Anderson                        F            6-10        240        05/06/88   New Orleans Pelicans / California

Harrison Barnes                     F            6-8          210        05/30/92   Golden State Warriors / North Carolina

Bradley Beal                            G           6-5          207        06/28/93   Washington Wizards / Florida

Mike Conley                            G           6-1          185        10/11/87   Memphis Grizzlies / Ohio State

DeMarcus Cousins                   C            6-11        270        08/13/90   Sacramento Kings / Kentucky

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Anthony Davis                        F/C          6-10        220        03/11/93   New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky

DeMar DeRozan                      G           6-7          216        08/07/89   Toronto Raptors / USC

Andre Drummond                   C            6-10        270        09/10/93   Detroit Pistons / Connecticut

Kenneth Faried                        F            6-8          228        11/19/89   Denver Nuggets / Morehead State

Derrick Favors                         F/C          6-10        248        07/15/91   Utah Jazz / Georgia Tech

Paul George                             F/G         6-8          221        05/02/90   Indiana Pacers / Fresno State

Taj Gibson                               F            6-9          225        06/24/85   Chicago Bulls / USC

Gordon Hayward                     F            6-8          210        03/23/90   Utah Jazz / Butler

Jrue Holiday                            G           6-4          205        06/12/90   Philadelphia 76ers / UCLA

Kyrie Irving                             G           6-3          191        03/23/92   Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke

DeAndre Jordan                      C            6-11        265        07/21/88   Los Angeles Clippers / Texas A&M

Ty Lawson                               G           5-11        195        11/03/87   Denver Nuggets / North Carolina

Kawhi Leonard                        F/G         6-7          225        06/29/91   San Antonio Spurs / San Diego State

Damian Lillard                         G           6-3          195        07/15/90   Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State

Greg Monroe                           C            6-11        250        06/04/90   Detroit Pistons / Georgetown

Chandler Parsons                     F            6-9          227        10/25/88   Houston Rockets / Florida

Larry Sanders                          C            6-11        235        11/21/88   Milwaukee Bucks / VCU

Klay Thompson                      G           6-7          205        02/08/90   Golden State Warriors / Washington State

Dion Waiters                            G           6-4          215        12/10/91   Cleveland Cavaliers / Syracuse

Kemba Walker                          G           6-1          184        05/08/90   Charlotte Bobcats / Connecticut

John Wall                                G           6-4          195        09/06/90   Washington Wizards / Kentucky

Tyler Zeller                              F/C          7-0          250        01/17/90   Cleveland Cavaliers / North Carolina

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  • OAKtown

    Hopefully Klay will work on his layups and get better before the season.

  • meir34

    He showed improvement from year 1 to year 2 in that arena. Hopefully our starting PG will work in that area too. It might open up his outside shot more.

  • deano

    Thompson and Barnes will learn from top coaches, and go against the best young players. This invitation is yet another sign of the growth at GSW. I recall that after Curry’s first season, he had to rely on his own initiative to develop his game and hooked-up with Chris Paul. Now the outside means for improvement comes knocking on GSW’s door.

  • Remember

    It’s cool that Klay and Harrison got selected, but let’s keep things in perspective: Anthony Randolph got selected to the national team minicamo after his rookie season, and that, as it turned out, was not something that propelled his career to new heights, nor was it a sign of his impending greatness.

  • young

    Rumor has it we want Iggy now that he’s a FA

    I PRAY we dont trade thompson or Barnes for iggy

  • Harp’s Dubs

    @Young – Why not Klay and Jefferson for Iggy? Igoudala’s a veteran who wants to win now, is in his prime and is the consummate team player. He could be that piece that pushes us to the next level. I love Klay, but we’re ready to win NOW.

  • http://none xraided

    ^^^
    TRUTH!
    dubs can stand to lose Thompson. Barnes can be a better 3 anyway. he works hard enough to want it. Klay has very good defensive ability… and that just came this year after showing almost nothing in that category…

    HB shows above average defensive ability RIGHT OFF THE BAT! i’m talkin the first 30 games … this guy has it

    to pair that with Iggy on the defensive end with Bogut down low… this team is going places

    the scoring will be there… so don’t worry about losing Klay and Jack for Iggy … we can make that up elsewhere… this, especially, if and WHEN Bogut becomes healthier than ever and starts scoring 12 ppg down low …

    this kind of trade would take the dubs to another level, one beyond last years!

  • young

    I dont like IGGY bc

    #1. He costs more $2.2M Klay vs. $13M Iggy

    #2. Iggy doesnt hasnt proven to be a much better defender this year. Klay was really good and iggy has come down some. Klay averages more points…

    Im not so sure this team is ready to win now…without jack and landry, Bogut health a question, we arent a lock for western conference finals and if we were, not sure iggy makes us a winner vs klay

    I would much rather upgrade the power forward spot. You dont agree?

  • Stan

    Wow! the Clippers are willing to trade Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard?? How do the Lakers induce insanity in NBA teams? Insane!

  • http://none xraided

    Young,

    untrue bro

    Iggy is an elite perimeter defender. that’s why he’s so coveted by MANY MANY teams. that’s why it’s exciting that he’s announced he’d want to play for the dubs (could be a ploy to get DEN to pay up, unfortunately)

    it’s rare to find a guy that can blanket 3 different positions on the court… he does this better than anyone in the league currently.

    that’s why he’s be worth a mid to high level exception. problem is, we currently have a mid level exception and no money

    that’s why they would absolutely have to do a sign and trade… Klay+RJ for Iggy … which could be nice because if Iggy came without having to give him $12 mill a season on a 3 year deal, they might have enough to convince JJ to stay as well.

    if you kept JJ and had Iggy, i’ll take that in a heart beat over Klay

    plus we’ll see have room next off season to bring in another star

    DO IT LACOB!

  • Go Dubs

    Im sorry but I agree with harps, id trade klay for iggy in a heart beat. Iggy is a proven vet in his prime where as klay can only hope to reach his accolades at some point in his career. Iggy is an all star and an Olympic gold medal champion on top of being recognized as a top nba defender. Fact still remains klay disappeared in the playoffs after that 34 point explosion, he’s a streaky player who isn’t that great of a finisher around the rim and is a poor passer. Iggy is more consistent than klay, more of a leader than klay, a better rebounder than klay, a better defender than klay,a better athlete than klay and a better passer than klay… All klay has over iggy is a jump shot but although iggy isn’t a better shooter than klay he’s still a solid shooter and has hit many big time shots in his career. Klay’s overvalued by gsw fans because we’re all so loyal but looking at it unbiasly iggy is the better player and would bring more to the team.

  • bill

    all Klay is missing is a tattoo

  • bill

    wheel and deal with Kupchak at your peril

  • fotd

    Re: Iggy vs Klay vs better power forward.

    1. Who, realistically, would be better than Lee? Yeah, we all know his help D is a weakness. Everything else is above average to elite. He is an All Star for a reason and, all together, is our best option.

    2. The main problem with Iggy is that it makes going for James the following year more difficult.

  • Xraided

    maaaan i’d love to think we’re a realistic landing spot for James… i just dont see it. with the huge money he’s going to be making, will he really want to pay that much tax on it? go to a team like the Rockets and he won’t pay nearly as much if anything at all

    besides, if we unload Jefferson’s contract this year, we can also retain Landry

  • Young

    Re: Iggy vs Klay vs better power forward

    1. Judging by how effective we were with the athletic harrison barnes at the 4, i would say josh smith (although lee is a better overall player than josh). He’s a better defender than lee / adds needed athleticism to the roster. Only prob is, you then need a “conventional” low post guy off the bench. You must get landry back…I think the hawks would do that deal tho.

    Other thought would be KG…

    2. Although we got much better last year. this still appears to be a dream. (fantasy)

  • fotd

    I think Lee isn’t appreciated enough. Smith is an athletic tweener who won’t hold his own against big 4s. I love the W’s playing small ball with Barnes. I like Barnes in thT role more than Smith. But it cant be most of the time. Against certain line ups you just need someone bigger, like Lee. I imagine Lee may play a little less next year with HB sliding up. I also think Lee may play center with HB at the 4 and perhaps Rush at 3. But I can’t see replacing Lee with anyone who might be available. Now, if Aldridge were available… Bosh at 4…. But that IS dreaming. I like Lee.

  • Xraided

    Josh Smith is the ultimate NON TEAM PLAYER

    you dont want him in the locker room

    Iggy or nuthin this year … he’s the whole enchillada folks. he did a lot for the sh!t nuggets in the reg season and especially in the playoffs.

    his assists speak for themselves

    you all know he almost matched Jarrett Jack’s assists this past season, right? it goes without saying that we wouldn’t lose a d@mn thing in that category

  • Xraided

    Curry, Barnes, Iggy, Lee, Bogut = championship run

    tell me i’m wrong

  • Dave

    You’re not wrong.

    But the NBA is rigged.

    2 fouls not called at the end force a game 7.

  • Dave

    2 blown calls means the NBA needed a game 7 which means Miami will win and the NBA is rigged.

  • Stan

    omg. Great evening weather,and I’m frozen watching game 7. End NBA SEASON, END!

  • Stan

    Kozimor and Kreuger must feel like two dork ignoramuses. Both had said LeBron James was a loser. Consider the sources.

  • Stan

    Read all about the Warriors 2014 theme song.
    “Stan’s Blog and Observations” !!! The blog all the local media fear!

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    `Rumors will do doubt run rampant as we 9quickly) approach the draft.

    D.Lee won’t be moved primarily because he’s coming off surgery for his flexor tendon. Period.

    Jefferson is unmoveable (unless J. Kidd pines for a reunion in Brooklyn. . .yeah, right. . .)

    The W’s could use the cash Jack & Landry would make in the upcoming season & bring in J.J. Hickson & Eric Maynor to replace them. I love both moves but maynor doesn’t possess the commanding presence (might not need it) of Jack & Hickson, albeit bigger, stronger & more athletic than Landry doesn’t offer the same offensive presence. But. . .

    Harrison will definitely be improved next year. As such he will dominate many threes in the league (will need to improve his handle in traffic & his back to the basket game) & his ability to play the stretch three, particularly with the potential of Rush returning to the rotation will help everybody. . .

    Bogut does have some rehabbing to do on his ankle but he is light years better than @ the same time last year. That being said his contributions & accompanying role with the W’s has yet to be determined. . .

    Klay just has to examine his game, improve his ballhandling & finishing skills, sand the sharp edges off a bit & he’ll be even better next year. The opportunity for Thompson & Barnes to practice with the Team USA squad will only benefit them, short & long run both. . .the W’s will be practically intact from their predecessor. . .this group will be even better next year but will miss the continuity of an improved Ezelli (don’t rush him back too soon!) & will have to weather the offseason’s of D.Lee, Steph Curry & Bogut’s troublesome injuries.

    Next year is the year to make offseason impact moves. they could have $24 mil coming off the books. LeBron James or Paul George would be salivating to add their expertise to this team (George would require losing, say, Klay as he is an unrestricted FA next year). . .the rest of the available FA’s are just window dressing. . .I would relish the opportunity to see, say, LeBron mesh with this group. Of course this would no doubt add to his “mercenary” status but that group would offer more potential trophies to the case being built (soon) in San Francisco. . .

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    Rumors will do doubt run rampant as we (quickly) approach the draft.

    D.Lee won’t be moved primarily because he’s coming off surgery for his flexor tendon. Period.

    Jefferson is unmovable (unless J. Kidd pines for a reunion in Brooklyn. . .yeah, right. . .)

    The W’s could use the cash Jack & Landry would make in the upcoming season & bring in J.J. Hickson & Eric Maynor to replace them. I love both moves but maynor doesn’t possess the commanding presence (might not need it) of Jack & Hickson, albeit bigger, stronger & more athletic than Landry doesn’t offer the same offensive presence. But. . .

    Harrison will definitely be improved next year. As such he will dominate many threes in the league (will need to improve his handle in traffic & his back to the basket game) & his ability to play the stretch three, particularly with the potential of Rush returning to the rotation will help everybody. . .

    Bogut does have some rehabbing to do on his ankle but he is light years better than @ the same time last year. That being said his contributions & accompanying role with the W’s has yet to be determined. . .

    Klay just has to examine his game, improve his ballhandling & finishing skills, sand the sharp edges off a bit & he’ll be even better next year. The opportunity for Thompson & Barnes to practice with the Team USA squad will only benefit them, short & long run both. . .the W’s will be practically intact from their predecessor. . .this group will be even better next year but will miss the continuity of an improved Ezelli (don’t rush him back too soon!) & will have to weather the offseason’s of D.Lee, Steph Curry & Bogut’s troublesome injuries.

    Next year is the year to make offseason impact moves. they could have $24 mil coming off the books. LeBron James or Paul George would be salivating to add their expertise to this team (George would require losing, say, Klay as he is an unrestricted FA next year). . .the rest of the available FA’s are just window dressing. . .I would relish the opportunity to see, say, LeBron mesh with this group. Of course this would no doubt add to his “mercenary” status but that group would offer more potential trophies to the case being built (soon) in San Francisco. . .

  • Xraided

    that could be a smart play …

    keep Klay .. see how he performs.. same with bogut

    clear up the $20+ mill and go after one of 2 big stars

    although i sincerely doubt George will ditch a max contract … there’s no way they let him go after what he did for them this season

    LeBron is the same now that he won

    still, $20 mill off the books and another finals run, and many others will be DYING to come to us!

  • Xraided

    antispy

    i do feel you on Klay . i’m just worried we’re seeing his best here. usually year 3 is telling right?

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    Klay has come on in bits & pieces. He looked a but lost in the infant stages of his rookie year. As the season progressed it became apparent he was using practice & post practice time to work on his game. He looked more comfortable following his insertion into the starting lineup towards the end of his first year.

    In Summer league (& practicing against the Olympic team) there was noticeable improvement to his game. Confidence began to infiltrate his demeanor.

    but as the regular season went on he seemed to lose his niche, to the point many pundits openly wondered if he was a fit in the same backcourt as Steph.

    As the season went on he found his role & on the nights his offense was ineffective he concentrated on defense, rebounds & ball movement.

    then, as was the case with many of the W’s down the stretch & into the playoffs his game flourished. now the only weaknesses I see are his ballhandling (I’m picking nits here) & finishing.

    Klay is very conscientious, studying hours of tape & watching as much ball as possible. He is a workaholic & a gym rat. He’ also 6’7″, so he can play the 3 as easily as the 2.

    Yes, it’s a reach to expect George to ignore the even more up & coming Pacers 7 the chance to enjoy a “max” contract. . .but he’s from the area, attended Fresno State & might just drool @ the chance to line up with Steph & Harrison Barnes, et al. . .

    James? He doesn’t need max money. His endorsements transcend his NBA salary & he’ll be seriously be considering Cleveland as well as, potentially, the W’s if he feels remotely that D. Wade &/or Bosh are looking @ the downside of their careers. . .

    It’s just that I don’t see the “other” suspects as offering anything that Golden State won’t have already. . .or won’t impede the growth of this young but lethal squad. . .’Melo? he’s best cast as a “3. . .” they don’t need that. . .the only thing the W’s need is a power player with versatility to play both ways, present a commanding presence on “d” & on the boards & that’s about it. . .If (huge “if”) Bogut can play a healthy 65-70 games next year & play wire to wire in the playoffs then the W’s will surely make a bigger impact than they did this offseason. . .then the sky is certainly the limit & they will be a top option for many potential NBA FA’s next off season. . .but the future is yet to be ascertained. . .

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    I agree, xraided. Year three is the season that provides the “tell” of what to expect of most young players as they “turn the corner” towards their formative, veteran years. . .I think Klay will become more consistent, well rounded & his finishing focus will improve.

    He must agonize over the tape that reveals his seemingly myriad missed opportunities close to the hoop. . .I think as hard as any of us might be on Klay he is his worst critic, rivaled only by his father.

    So I expect Klay to move up, perhaps not into the highest echelon of off guards in the association but into a category he has yet to reach. And the W’s should benefit from that. . .

  • http://mercurynews.com antispy3

    One more thing; the financially conscious Pacers might balk @ offering George “max” money en lieu of the Granger deal already on the books. . .they might be receptive to an up & coming player commanding less salary (Klay Thompson) making less money & being under financial control for another year. . .