International basketball usually requires teams to have point guards that are capable of shooting the ball from outside on a consistent basis, and John Wall struggled to show that during the televised USA scrimmage. While John Wall didn’t necessarily play well, Bradley Beal did and was ultimately still cut from the roster. Beal’s game fits the international style since he’s capable of shooting from the outside as well as handling the ball, but it’s rare to see a player that just completed his second season in the NBA get a shot to represent the country on such a big stage. Although Beal’s game does fit what USA Basketball is looking for, and we’ll likely see him wear the USA jersey in the future, it’s not surprising that the team decided to lean toward a more experienced player.
John Wall had also reportedly gotten knee treatment right before USA Basketball camp started, which almost caused him to pull out of the camp, so this will allow him to get more rest prior to the start of training camp.
It’s really no surprise that both John Wall and Bradley Beal were cut from the team, all is not lost. Both players were able to gain valuable experience while working out with some of the best players and coaches in the NBA. We’ve seen players really elevate their game after competing for a spot on the Team USA roster, and if there’s any two players that will use this as motivation, it’s John Wall and Bradley Beal.