Andre Drummond, Draymond Green to participate in USA Basketball mini-camp

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is one of 34 NBA players selected to attend USA Basketball’s mini-camp held in Las Vegas next week.

The camp, consisting of two days of non-contact workouts and an August 13 intrasquad scrimmage, is considered mandatory for those hoping to earn a bid on the official 12-man roster at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Drummond is one of 11 members of the 2014 FIBA World Cup champion team (that’s everyone aside from the injury-riddle Derrick Rose) to earn an invite to mini-camp.

In addition to the majority of the FIBA roster and alongside eight members of the 2012 gold medal-winning team in London, eight new invitees are expected to join the fold, including Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (Saginaw). Other newcomers include DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls), Michael Carter-Williams (Milwaukee Bucks), Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies) and Tobias Harris & Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic).

Drummond played a bit role during the USA’s romp through the inaugural FIBA World Cup in 2014. He frequently found himself out of the rotation, mostly because, well, on a team already featuring DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis up front, someone had to sit out. Drummond averaged just three points in 5.7 minutes per game.

Drummond’s transition from FIBA play back to the NBA wasn’t particularly smooth, as his previously upward trending production plummeted through the first month of the season . A career 57 percent shooter, Drummond averaged 11.8 points on just 44.8% shooting in his team’s first 17 games last season (during which the Pistons accrued a 3-14 record). The drop in production can be attributed at least in part to first-year Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy’s desire to attempt to utilize Drummond more frequently in the post, a role for which Drummond still struggled in finding consistency. Drummond recovered to finish the season strong, tallying career-highs in both points (13.8) and rebounds (13.5).

The full list of invitees:

  • LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
  • Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (Excused from mini-camp activity due to injury)
  • Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors
  • Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
  • Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
  • Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
  • DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
  • Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
  • Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (Excused)
  • Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
  • Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings
  • Paul George, Indiana Pacers (Will not participate)
  • Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
  • Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic
  • Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
  • Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets
  • Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (Excused)
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
  • Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers (Excused)
  • Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
  • Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets (Excused)
  • Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Mason Plumlee, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
  • John Wall, Washington Wizards
  • Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder