Celtics guard Marcus Smart and forward Jaylen Brown join teammates Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum in Team USA’s Basketball training camp roster.
While many other top-tier stars such as James Harden, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, and Anthony Davis have withdrawn from the opportunity to play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker has committed and may soon be alongside a good chunk of his teammates, getting an early start of what he’ll be working with in the 2019-20 season.
Today, the FIBA USA Team added both Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown to join previously added Celtics members, Kemba Walker, and Jayson Tatum.
Smart, notoriously recognized among his co-workers around the league as one of the most fierce and hustle-driven defenders the NBA has to offer, along with now fourth-year Celtic Jaylen Brown who’s athleticism is among the league’s most sought after, will certainly add a valuable Boston core of depth in Team USA’s FIBA run.
Now per usual, despite not having a James Harden or an Anthony Davis, Team USA withdraws could just be the start of a crucial chemistry build for the Celtics representative prior to the 2019-20 season.
Kemba made his roster status known, stating “I will be there for sure. I could care less about who’s dropping out.”
There’s no question about it. Boston’s deadly, venomous kryptonite absolutely destroyed their Golden-Ticket window last season of a LeBron-less Eastern Conference alongside the downfall of Golden State Warriors injuries of Kevin Durant and even Klay Thompson. Last season more than ever proved how pivotal establishing chemistry and having a full invested roster is for a team looking to put forth a noteworthy playoff push towards a title.
With Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart- the premier core behind the unforgettable 2017 Celtics playoff run which came a win short of an NBA Finals appearance, now help give Kemba Walker an on-court, first-hand experience of what he has to work with. There’s no debate in this Celtics team being the most talented Walker has ever played with. However as we learned last season, the talent on paper is nothing more than a list of names on a sheet. When it comes down to it, chemistry can crucially make or break your season.
In Summer League we got a snippet of what’s to come from Boston’s 2019 Draft class with guys like Carsen Edwards, Grant Williams, and even Tacko Fall, showing out for a fairly positive impression overall. Edwards leading the charge in that category through his knock-down outside shooting which infamously blew up Twitter during his Stephen Curry-like performance against Virginia back in March.
Now it’s time we get a preview of what to expect from the starters. Smart, Brown, and Tatum have played alongside each other for two seasons, establishing themselves as the future for Celtics basketball. We now will see what adding Kemba Walker to that mix will have in store come October.