Chris Paul among 44 finalists for 2020 U.S. Olympic Team
Thunder guard Chris Paul has a chance to play in the 2020 Olympics.
USA basketball announced Paul as one of its 44 finalists for its Olympic roster Monday. On that list, only LeBron James has more international experience Paul. The Thunder point guard, a two-time Olympian, has played 50 international games in his career.
Both Paul and James were members of the gold medal-winning 2012 and 2008 Olympic teams. Paul is undefeated in 16 games of Olympic play. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.38 steals in those contests. Only three players – James, Carmelo Anthony and David Robinson – have been to three Olympics with the USA men’s basketball team.
Paul, 34, is in the middle of his first All-Star season since 2016. The 10-time All-Star is averaging 17.2 points, a team-leading 6.6 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.58 steals per game with the Thunder.
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USA Basketball will narrow the 44 finalists down to a 12-man final roster.