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Anthony Davis selected as finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Team

A down season for the Pelicans superstar will not be enough to keep him from representing the United States in upcoming international play.

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USA Basketball announced this morning the 30 finalists that will be in competition to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's team. Listed among the participants is Anthony Davis, a member of the gold-winning 2012 Olympic team and 2014 USA World Cup team.

In his short international career, Davis has appeared in 25 games. Although he was not a primary component in London (52 minutes across 7 games), he was a prominently featured in Spain in 2014. As the team's starting center, Davis averaged 12.3 points (3rd on team), 6.6 rebounds (2nd) and 2.1 blocks (1st). Those statistics would have likely been stronger as foul trouble limited to under 20 minutes per game for the tournament.

Coming into this season, Davis was assumed to be one of the frontrunners for the 2016 Most Valuable Player Award, yet as Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi correctly pointed out yesterday, Davis is far from meeting expectations. His numbers are down across the board, and they unfortunately resemble his production from his rookie year.

That said, this season's performance should not affect his chances, which appear to be a lock, to represent the United States in Rio this August. He remains a perfect candidate at center for Mike Krzyzewski's style of play, and the national team's long-time head coach is known to lean towards players boasting international experience.