Brooklyn Nets are well represented in USA Basketball this summer

Joe Harris, USA Men's Select Team, Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Joe Harris, USA Men's Select Team, Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

The Brooklyn Nets continue to have their presence felt this summer as Joe Harris, and Jarrett Allen are amongst a pool of star NBA players representing Team USA.

As the NBA summer offseason rages on the Brooklyn Nets are showcasing a pair of vital players from last season’s playoff team. Sharpshooter Joe Harris and Shot blocker Jarrett Allen were invited to be apart of Team USA’s Select team assisting in preparation for this summer’s FIBA World Cup tournament.

Last season, Harris led the NBA with a 47.4 3-point shooting percentage while averaging career-highs of 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Allen started 80 games at center for Brooklyn also contributing career highs across the board statistically with 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

The Select Team’s role is to train daily with the National Team in Las Vegas culminating in the two squads participating in the USA Blue vs. USA White exhibition game. The game was played on Friday at the T-Mobile Arena with Harris appearing on Team Blue instead of the select team as initially expected when he was invited to camp. The reigning All-Star shoot out champion has impressed coaches on the National team and has been seen working out with the main squad during practices.

Team USA is currently dealing with injuries to Marcus Smart and Kyle Lowry so Harris has been a substitute but could land himself a roster spot before the next exhibition game. Allen is a longshot to make the national team but is using the experience to get better, and that will be critical in his starting center battle with DeAndre Jordan this upcoming season.

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson commented recently in an interview on the third-year center wanting to keep his starting job next season with enormous praise and rationality.

"“It’s great. I think we embrace the competition. I think that’ll play out. I do think it helps us matchup-wise. If it’s Joel Embiid, maybe Jarrett gets two quick fouls or something (and) we do have a heck of a player to support him and potentially starting different guys, too. I think that’s possible. I think it’s a great tandem to have.”"

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The Nets have plenty of eyes on them this upcoming season and having two players participate in Team USA is even more positive press for the franchise.