Coach Pop and his camp did not make a mistake promoting Fox, as they love his quickness and the fact that he is a true point guard:
Source told me De'Aaron Fox got the promotion call to the USA National Team from Coach Gregg Popovich about two weeks ago. USA Basketball absolutely LOVES his quickness and the fact he's a true point guard.
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) August 5, 2019
Fox is getting this opportunity thanks to all the high-profile dropouts this summer. This is giving the next tier of stars like Fox the chance to showcase what they can bring for the flag in the global tournament. Fox has a good chance of making the final cut as Team USA is currently depleted at point guard and could use his talent.
Aside from the third-year guard, Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics is the only other healthy point guard on the roster. Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is currently recovering from thumb surgery and is still seeking clearance to play.
Team USA could certainly use a player like Fox on their team. Fox's speed, athleticism and ability to see the floor can help them play a fast tempo whenever he's out there.
With the way he has played during camp, it appears De'Aaron Fox is closing in on a spot on the final count. Surely, there will still be a learning curve for the 21-year-old, but spending a few more weeks with Pop can help the quick-learning point guard soak in whatever the legendary mentor asks him to do.