Deonte Burton, U.S. National Team… World Cup qualifiers

  • February 17, 2023

Deonte Button, who played an active role in Wonju DB, was selected as the US national team.

On the 17th (Korean time), the U.S. men’s national basketball team announced the final list of 12 national teams for the 2023 FIBA ​​(International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup America preliminary through official SNS.

From the point of view of Korean fans, the first player to stand out would be Burton. Button made a strong impression when he was selected by the DB as the 2nd pick in the 2017 foreign player draft. Based on his excellent athleticism and solver aspect, he scored 23.5 points, 3-point shots, 1.5 shots, 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.1 blocks for an average of 31 minutes and 5 seconds in 54 games, leading DB to the regular league championship and being selected as the foreign player MVP. 스포츠토토

After playing only one season in the KBL, Burton challenged the NBA stage, went through the summer league, and signed a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder to achieve his goal. He did not have a long run in the NBA, but he steadily sought re-entry through the G-League as an assistant referee and returned to the NBA this season with the Sacramento Kings.

In the United States, superstars have been steadily participating in international competitions such as the Olympics and World Cup, but the World Cup qualifiers held during the season do not have a justification or space to build the best members. Accordingly, like Button, the final roster has been composed mainly of players at the level of going back and forth between the G League and the NBA. Other than Burton, Trevian Graham and Nate Hinton are also players who have stepped on the NBA stage. Langston Galloway also participated in World Cup qualifiers with Dwan Hernandez (former DB) in August last year.

Meanwhile, the United States faces Uruguay on the 24th, followed by Brazil on the 27th. The USA has a record of 8 wins and 2 losses, and is in first place in Group F.

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