De’Aaron Fox picks 2008 Redeem Team as his favorite Team USA squad
De’Aaron Fox is a likely pick to make Team USA’s roster heading into the FIBA 2019 World Cup, as he has impressed coaches and teammates alike with his blazing end-to-end speed and his development at the point guard position. Asked to pick his favorite iteration of any of the squad Team USA has trotted out through the years, the Sacramento Kings point man picked the Redeem Team that swept its way to a gold medal in 2008.
“The players they had, everybody was in their prime,” said Fox, who was the fifth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2017, according to Ben Golliver of The Washington Post. “You saw how they played together. Everybody was unselfish and defended the ball well. They had a great showing.”
That team has a who’s who of talented players, from veterans like Jason Kidd and Kobe Bryant to vibrant established talents like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade, who led the team in scoring as a sixth man coming off the bench.
Fox could have a similar role in this year’s team, as a likely potent weapon off the bench with his speed, vision, and otherworldly athleticism — attributes Wade used to dominate the competition with.
This iteration of talent has been more so compared to the 2010 World Cup roster, which boasted young stars like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and others who were beginning to emerge as up-and-coming stars.
Fox and company will have a tall task to match that team, as they went a perfect 9-0 in competition.