Several months ago, word broke that Atlanta Hawks sharp-shooter Kyle Korver had been invited to train with the USA Men’s National Team in Las Vegas this summer, and on Sunday, it was announced that Paul Millsap would be joining him in the festivities.
Here is the text of the release from the Hawks:
ATLANTA, GA —– Forward Paul Millsap has been added to the 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team roster, it was announced today by USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo. He joins Hawks teammate Kyle Korver on the men’s national team, making the Hawks just one of three teams (Golden State and Washington) with more than one player on the current national team roster.
“I’m very excited about being added to the USA Men’s National Team roster,” Millsap said. “I look forward to practicing with and competing against some of the NBA’s best for the honor of representing our country in Spain.”
The 29-year-old Millsap was honored with his first All-Star appearance for his work this past season, and this is another recognition of his talents. While in Utah, Millsap was a per-minute monster, but in Atlanta (and especially with Al Horford out via injury), he was given every opportunity to shine under brighter lights, and Millsap responded by averaging 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game to lead the Hawks in both categories.
It remains to be seen whether he will be blessed with an actual roster spot for the upcoming World Cup in Spain, but with several of the bigger names in the NBA on the sidelines, Paul Millsap may have the inside track. Stay tuned.