Team USA went with San Antonio Spurs youngster Keldon Johnson, who was already thriving as a member of the Select Team, and Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee. The explanation for that, according to Berman, was Team USA’s desire to add more role players. Such overwhelming talent is typical of an American roster, but Team USA’s exhibition losses to Australia and Nigeria highlighted the need for a variety of different skill sets on the back end of the roster as well. “Given the choices we had, he fit the best.”
Still, it’s not hard to imagine how Randle’s significantly improved skill set would have fit with Team USA. If Colangelo had wanted another shooting big man to replace McGee, it should be noted that Randle hit more than 41 percent of his 3-pointers last season.