Utah Jazz: Confident Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors hope to impress Team USA in Vegas
This year, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and the country’s biggest stars won’t be in Las Vegas, but Favors recalled that even scoring just four points against the elite players felt like scoring 20.
"Basically, it was that hard to score against them," Favors said. "It was an eye-opener, let you know that you are good but there are people out there that are way better and you need to work more."
NOTES: The players will have three days of closed practices at UNLV, beginning Monday afternoon. An intrasquad game Thursday night at the Thomas & Mack Arena will be open to the public and broadcast live on NBA-TV (7 p.m. MT). Smart and Creighton forward Doug McDermott are the only college players participating this week. ... Twenty-one players have USA Basketball experience, but Davis is the only participant who was on the 2012 Olympic team.
2013 USA Basketball men's national team mini-camp roster
Ryan Anderson F 6-10, 240 (New Orleans Pelicans)
Harrison Barnes F 6-8, 210 (Golden State Warriors)
Bradley Beal G 6-5, 207 (Washington Wizards)
Mike Conley G 6-1, 185 (Memphis Grizzlies)
DeMarcus Cousins C 6-11, 270(Sacramento Kings)
Anthony Davis F/C 6-10, 220 (New Orleans Pelicans)
DeMar DeRozan G 6-7, 216 (Toronto Raptors)
Andre Drummond C 6-10, 270 (Detroit Pistons)
Kenneth Faried F 6-8, 228 (Denver Nuggets)
Derrick Favors F/C 6-10, 248 (Utah Jazz)
Paul George F/G 6-8, 221 (Indiana Pacers)
*Taj Gibson F 6-9, 225 (Chicago Bulls)
Gordon Hayward F/G 6-8, 210 (Utah Jazz)
*George Hill G 6-2, 290 (Indiana Pacers)
Jrue Holiday G 604, 205 (New Orleans Pelicans)
Kyrie Irving G 6-3, 191 (Cleveland Cavaliers)
DeAndre Jordan C 6-11, 265 (Los Angeles Clippers)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F 6-7, 232 (Charlotte Bobcats)
Ty Lawson G 5-11, 195 (Denver Nuggets)
*Kawhi Leonard F/G 6-7, 225 (San Antonio Spurs)
Damian Lillard G 6-3, 195 (Portland Trail Blazers)
Doug McDermott F 6-8, 225 (Creighton University)
Greg Monroe C 6-11, 250 (Detroit Pistons)
Chandler Parsons F 6-9, 227 (Houston Rockets)
Larry Sanders C 6-11, 235 (Milwaukee Bucks)
Marcus Smart G 6-4, 200 (Oklahoma State University)
Klay Thompson G 6-7, 205 (Golden State Warriors)
Dion Waiters G 6-4, 215 (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Kemba Walker G 6-1, 184 (Charlotte Bobcats)
John Wall G 6-4, 195 (Washington Wizards)
Tyler Zeller F/C 7-0, 250 (Cleveland Cavaliers)
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