Tobias Harris named Team USA finalist for 2020 Olympics


Tobias Harris was among 44 finalists announced Monday by USA Basketball for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men’s team.

If Harris is able to crack the roster, he likely won't be the only Sixer there. Brett Brown is poised to coach Ben Simmons for Team Australia. There is a possibility that rookie Matisse Thybulle, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Australia, could play for the Aussies as well.

Furkan Korkmaz said recently that he'd take any opportunity to respresent his native Turkey. Al Horford and Raul Neto have also represented the Dominican Republic and Brazil, respectively.

The 27-year-old Harris signed a near-max deal this past offseason for five years and $180 million. While he hasn’t had the All-Star caliber season some were hoping for, he’s had a solid year, averaging 19.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and three assists in 34.2 minutes games. He’s also been durable, playing in all 54 games this season.

The Sixers’ forward had the opportunity to play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup this summer but had to decline the invitation because of a foot injury. The timing wasn’t great as the Sixers’ season had just ended before the games, not giving Harris adequate time to heal.

Brown’s former boss Gregg Popovic will be at the helm again this summer. After a chaotic NBA offseason, several players chose not to play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. As a result, Team USA finished seventh while Spain took home the gold.

The 2020 Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan, beginning on July 24.

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