Bulls one of many teams represented at FIBA World Cup

Bulls one of many teams represented at FIBA World Cup
August 26, 2014, 8:00 am
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Mark Strotman

All 12 members of Team USA will suit up for NBA teams in the fall, but they won't be the only ones.

Rosters aren't official until Friday, but as of now there are 46 NBA players and four free agents representing 22 different teams in 18 different countries in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which begins Saturday in Spain.

Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets lead the way with four players - ironically LeBron James and Kevin Love aren't on any rosters.

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The Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves are teams with three players while 10 more teams each have a pair of current players on the roster.

Here's a quick rundown of each NBA team and their participating players:

Cleveland Cavaliers (4)

Players: Kyrie Irving (USA); Matthew Dellavedova (Australia); Anderson Varejao (Brazil); Erik Murphy (Finland)

Skinny: Irving is likely to start at point guard over Rose, while Murphy was traded this offseason from the Bulls to Cleveland.

Houston Rockets (4)

Players: James Harden (USA); Francisco Garcia (Dominican Republic); Donatas Motiejunas (Lithuania); Kostas Papanikolaou (Greece)

Skinny: Harden becomes a go-to scorer with Team USA without Kevin Durant and Paul George, while Garcia led all scorers in Dominican Republic's exhibition loss to USA last week in New York.

Chicago Bulls (3)

Players: Derrick Rose (USA); Pau Gasol (Spain); Cameron Bairstow (Australia)

Skinny: Rose and Gasol will be key cogs on their respective teams, while the second-round pick Bairstow could see minutes.

Brooklyn Nets (3)

Players: Mason Plumlee (USA); Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico); Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia)

Skinny: Plumlee was the biggest surprise to make the USA roster, but being a Coach K disciple and strong defensive play helped his cause.

Indiana Pacers (3)

Players: Luis Scola (Argentina); Ian Mahinmi (France); Damjan Rudez (Croatia)

Skinny: Scola had the worst NBA year of his career in 2013-14 but his game is perfectly suited for international play; Scola began playing overseas in 1996, where he stayed until 2007.

Minnesota Timberwolves (3)

Players: Ricky Rubio (Spain); Gorgui Dieng (Senegal); J.J. Barea (Puerto Rico)

Skinny: Rubio is one of the most exciting players in this year's tournament, while Dieng showed plenty of progress in his rookie season.

Golden State Warriors (2)

Players: Stephen Curry (USA); Klay Thompson (USA)

Skinny: One of two NBA teams with a pair of USA teammates, the Splash Brothers will provide crucial outside shooting.

Memphis Grizzlies (2)

Players: Marc Gasol (Spain); Nick Calathes (Greece)

Skinny: Both players will play key roles on their respective teams; Gasol is an international veteran and Calethes played in Greece before coming to the NBA.

Milwaukee Bucks (2)

Players: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece); Miroslav Raduljica (Serbia)

Skinny: The 21-year-old Greek Freak is going to put on a show in Spain. You've been warned.

New Orleans Hornets (2)

Players: Anthony Davis (USA); Omer Asik (Turkey)

Skinny: Davis is locked in as the starting center for Team USA, while Asik, a former Bull, will do the same with Turkey.

New York Knicks (2)

Players: Jose Calderon (Spain); Pablo Prigioni (Argentina)

Skinny: Calderon is an international veteran, having won gold at the 2006 World Championship and silver medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Portland Trail Blazers (2)

Players: Nicolas Batum (France); Victor Claver (Spain)

Skinny: Batum will run with an underrated French team, while Claver played for Valencia in Spain for six years before his NBA clock began and also won silver at the 2012 Olympics. Point guard Damian Lillard was a surprising cut with Team USA.

Sacramento Kings (2)

Players: DeMarcus Cousins (USA); Rudy Gay (USA)

Skinny: The other NBA team with a pair of USA teammates, Gay became an important part when George and Durant left the team.

San Antonio Spurs (2)

Players: Boris Diaw (France); Tiago Splitter (Brazil)

Skinny: One would expect the international-rich Spurs to have more than two players, but Manu Ginobili (Argentina) and Patty Mills (Australia) are each out with injuries and Aron Baynes (Australia) is a restricted free agent with San Antonio.

Toronto Raptors (2)

Players: DeMar DeRozan (USA); Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania)

Skinny: The Raptors will be well represented by a pair of solid NBA players, and DeRozan's inclusion shows just how far the reigning All-Star has come.

Utah Jazz (2)

Players: Dante Exum (Australia); Rudy Gobert (France)

Skinny: The rookie Exum will be fun to watch after an impressive run in the NBA Summer League.

Denver Nuggets (1)

Players: Kenneth Faried (USA)

Skinny: He's gone somewhat under the radar, but Faried's penciled in as Team USA's starting power forward.

Detroit Pistons (1)

Players: Andre Drummond (USA)

Skinny: Drummond was a pleasant surprise to make the USA roster, and while he doesn't fit the traditional international center role he'll give them a different look on defense when he plays.

Oklahoma City Thunder (1)

Players: Serge Ibaka (Spain)

Skinny: Ibaka's improvement on the outside has only helped his international game, which he'll show off in a starting role with Spain.

Orlando Magic (1)

Players: Evan Fournier (France)

Skinny: Fournier came over in an offseason deal for Arron Afflalo and, as a career 38 percent 3-point shooter in two NBA seasons, will play a key role with France.

Phoenix Suns (1)

Players: Goran Dragic (Slovenia)

Skinny: Dragic will lead a Slovenia team without much chance, but he'll be putting up big numbers.

Washington Wizards (1)

Players: Nene (Brazil)

Skinny: A talented Brazil team is made all the better by Nene's presence; he had 11 points and five rebounds against Team USA at the United Center.

Free agents (4)

Players: Gustavo Ayon (Mexico); Leandro Barbosa (Brazil); Andray Blatche (Philippines); Aron Baynes (Australia)

Skinny: Barbosa (13 points, four assists) turned heads in Brazil's exhibition loss to Team USA in Chicago, while Ayon and Blatche are showcasing themselves for NBA deals. Baynes is a restricted free agent with the Spurs.