Derrick White is hoping to make the USA Basketball roster and join a growing list of San Antonio Spurs that have previously had successful FIBA World Cups.
As the NBA offseason continues, the eyes of the basketball world are shifting to international competition as the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup approaches on August 31. This year’s tournament will be the first to feature 32 teams instead of the previous 24 and will have the two-time defending champion Team USA at the center of attention.
San Antonio Spurs fans will have a pair of international debuts to look forward to in the tournament as Gregg Popovich will be making his international head coaching debut and Derrick White is expected to make his playing debut, assuming he makes the final roster.
While the Summer Olympics remain the golden standard for international competition, the FIBA World Cup has gained traction over its storied history and remains important towards Olympic qualifying. Since its establishment in 1950, the FIBA World Cup has brought talents from around-the-world into the spotlight including many that spent some of their careers in the Alamo City.
As everyone knows, the Spurs are no stranger to international play. With a rich history of acquiring players overseas that would become crucial to their success – most notably Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili – the Spurs have always been one of the front-runners when it comes to establishing internationally diverse rosters. Here are some of the success stories that members of the Spurs have had over the years on the FIBA stage: