Credit: USA Basketball
Credit USA Basketball

Former NBA All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas will be the leading figure on Team USA's roster in the upcoming Americas Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

The 32-year-old briefly represented the New Orleans Pelicans last season, appearing in three games and averaging 7.7 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.3 rebounds.

Justin Anderson and Will Davis II will also suit up for this week's games, against Cuba on Sunday and then against Mexico in the Chihuahua City bubble on Monday.

Per FIBA:

Thomas, an NBA All-Star in both 2016 and 2017 and also All-NBA Second Team in 17 after leading Boston to the top seed of the Eastern Conference post-season, and Davis will be familiar faces for the Mexicans.

Each played against them earlier this year in the AmeriCup Qualifying window in February when the USA won, 95-76. Davis was particularly good in that game, scoring 10 points, corralling five rebounds and blocking a shot in 20 minutes.

Thomas also played in the USA's 93-77 triumph over the Bahamas in the same window and averaged a team-high 14.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists over the two games.

Davis II, who played against Mexico earlier this year, has replaced Jordan Bell on the USA roster

Anderson, meanwhile, was part of the February 2020 USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team that went 2-0 and averaged 14.0 points and five rebounds.

Also on the USA roster are Brian Bowen II, Josh Gray, Shaq Harrison, Haywood Highsmith, BJ Johnson, Luke Kornet, Chasson Randle, Zavier Simpson and Emanuel Terry are also on the roster.

DaQuan Jeffries, Frank Mason III and Jordan Bell were in the initial squad but are now not taking part in this window.

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