Former Kentucky Wildcats Bam Adebayo and Devin Booker have committed to playing for Team USA in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games, according to Woj.
Woj broke the news about Bam earlier today, while Booker was confirmed just a few days ago.
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo has committed to join the 12-man Team USA roster for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, his agent Alex Saratsis tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 21, 2021
Bam and Booker joins a talented roster of Damian Lillard, Draymond Green, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal and Kevin Durant so far as the only ones who have committed to playing for Team USA in the 2020* Olympic Games.
Devin Booker is still currently in the playoffs with the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals, may miss the start of training camp for Team USA when they start on July 6 in Las Vegas.
Booker has made the All-Star game the past two seasons, but was notably left off all the All-NBA teams announced after the end of the regular season. Booker has consistently put up over 22 PPG since his second year in the league, averaging 25.6 PPG this season.
In Devin Booker’s first taste of the NBA Playoffs, he has not disappointed, putting up 29 PPG, including a phenomenal 40-point triple-double on Sunday to take game one of the Western Conference Finals over the Clippers.
Bam Adebayo has solidified himself as, arguably, the best American-born big man in the league, earning his first All-Star appearance last season while leading the Miami Heat to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2014. Last season, Bam put up 15.9 PPG and 10.2 rebounds per game.
This season, Bam increased his scoring to 18.7 PPG while his rebounds dropped to 9 per game. Miami made it to the playoffs as a 6th seed in the East before being swept by the Milwaukee Bucks.
This will be the first Olympic games that Bam and Booker participate in.
The United States is going for their fourth straight gold medal, winning gold in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Kentucky has had a player on all three of those gold medal winning teams:
- Tayshaun Prince (2008)
- Anthony Davis (2012)
- DeMarcus Cousins (2016)