Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Kevin Love added to Team USA
Written by tokyoclub on June 23, 2021
Jrue Holiday, Kevin Love and Khris Middleton will play for Team USA in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, according to media reports Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, The Athletic also reported Chris Paul will join the team, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has since disputed that report.
While USA Basketball has not confirmed the team, media reports indicate 11 players now are committed to the 12-team roster: Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks), Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), Kevin Durant and James Harden (Brooklyn Nets), Devin Booker (Suns), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers).
Holiday, 31, is in his first year with the Bucks following an offseason three-team trade involving the Pelicans, where he played for seven seasons. He was drafted by the 76ers in 2009 and played there for his first four years in the league.
The veteran has career highs in shooting percentage (.503) and three point shooting (.392) in 59 games with the Bucks. He’s averaging 17.7 points and 6.1 assists per game for a Bucks team that will open the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks
He’ll be joined in Tokyo by his Bucks teammate Khris Middleton. In 68 regular-season games, Middleton averaged 20.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. In 11 playoff games, he is averaging 23.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Injuries limited Love to 25 games and a career low of 24.9 minutes per game this season. He averaged 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds for Cleveland, well below his career averages of 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds.
Love played for Team USA in London in 2012. Middleton and Holiday have never played on an Olympic team.
Paul, 36, is a two-time Olympian, winning gold medals with Team USA in 2008 and 2012.
–Field Level Media