From August 11-13, the NBA's most talented American players will participate in a three-day mini-camp in Las Vegas that includes two days of practices and a nationally televised scrimmage on the final day. Jerry Colangelo has insisted that all players( whether hurt or already a lock to make the team) participate or at least be there for all three days.
Wall and Beal at this point are both long shots to make the roster. The point guard depth includes Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, and our John Wall. While I believe Wall is just as good as all these point guards, his game fits the worst for national play. In my opinion, if Westbrook doesn't participate, Wall would be perfect for his role off the bench as an energy boost who creates chaos with his defense leading to easy baskets.
The shooting guard depth includes (The Splash Brothers of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, James Harden, Demar DeRozan, and our Bradley Beal). While Beal is the perfect fit for international play, the other players also share some of his best attributes. The Splash Brothers shoot better, Harden can score with the best of them, and Derozan has better size. The key to Beal making this team is to beat out DeRozan and hope that Harden and Thompson have to play at the small forward position for most games. In addition, Curry may also have to play more at his natural point guard position, but that would hurt Wall's chances.
With both players having such an uphill battle to make the team, do you think it is worth the risk? Paul George's injury showed us how risky FIBA play can be for not only the players but also the franchises they play for. I believe they should compete and try to be the best to players on the floor. Of course, that is the only way either will probably make the team. Should they participate?