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.