Durant, Love, and Rose Favorites for 2010

» July 27, 2009 2:20 PM | By Brandon Hoffman

From Chris Mannix of SI.com:

“Everyone I talked to [from the '08 team] said they were in,” said Colangelo. “I think we are going to have a strong showing from our core next summer.”

That leaves only two or three spots available for the 20 players who competed in Las Vegas. And while Colangelo will factor in past participation on the national team (“equity carries a lot of weight with me,” said Colangelo) and the ‘09-10 NBA regular season into his decision, a few favorites have emerged. Let’s take a look at who stood out, for one reason or another ..

Kevin Durant: When asked how he would improve the ‘08 team, Colangelo was succinct: “Kevin Durant.” Durant was better than any other player in Las Vegas. His jump shot continues to develop and the U.S. coaches are infatuated with his versatility and ability to score inside and out. [...]

Kevin Love: Whomever makes the final roster will likely be a role player on the star-studded U.S. team, and Love seems the most equipped to fill that need. Love was a beast on the boards during the two days of practice and he rarely made a wrong decision with the ball. “We’re all trying to do all the intangible stuff and fit into that role player mentality that they are looking for,” said Love.

Derrick Rose: Rose was outplayed by Devin Harris and Russell Westbrook in Las Vegas but word is the reigning Rookie of the Year’s play last season seems to have the U.S. staff leaning in his direction. Rose’s explosiveness in the open floor and his penetrating ability in the half court are considered huge assets by Team USA.

To read Mannix’s column, click here.

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