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Iguodala a finalist for Team USA

The Sixers' Andre Iguodala was named among the 15 finalists for the U.S. team that will compete in the World Championships next month in Turkey.

Iguodala a finalist for Team USA

The Sixers' Andre Iguodala was named among the 15 finalists for the U.S. team that will compete in the World Championships next month in Turkey.

Igoudala impressed USA Basketball officials with his defense during a minicamp last week in Las Vegas and also scored 17 points during a showcase game Saturday.

The team heads to New York on Aug. 9 to begin a week of practices and will play France on Aug. 15 in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden before departing for Europe. The roster has to be reduced to 12 the day before the tournament begins Aug. 28.

Here are the 15 other finalists: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans was among the four players cut. Evans, a Delaware County native, was not able to participate fully last week in Las Vegas because of an ankle injury. O.J. Mayo and Gerald Wallace were also cut. JaVale McGee, who took part in the Las Vegas camp but was not on the roster, also did not receive an invite to New York.

“We had an outstanding week of training camp in Las Vegas and it is apparent we have a group of guys that are very focused, committed, and desirous of playing for USA Basketball," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. "The identity of the team is still evolving, but it is pretty obvious we’re going to be very athletic; we’re going to be very strong in the back court; we think our shooting ability is underestimated, we think we’ve got a number of people who can shoot the ball; and so we’re pleased with our progress to date.”

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