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Team USA Has Issues For World Cup Play. Team Canada May Be DOA.

The NBA players have largely opted out and Canada doesn’t have the deep talent that the US does

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If you’re reading this site, you probably already know that Duke product JR Barrett is sitting out the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

You may also recall us saying that Canada is a rising power in world basketball.

We still believe that but it’s probably time to push the pause button: like the US, many of the best Canadian players are sitting this one out. Look at this list: Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray, Tristan Thompson, Dwight Powell, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dillon Brooks, Trey Lyles, R.J. Barrett, Brandon Clarke, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Mfiondu Kabengele and Nik Stauskas are all staying home.

The US could afford to lose that many good players and still be a contender. It’ll be a lot tougher for Canada to overcome that sort of loss.

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