Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Theo Maledon to represent Thunder in FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers
The Oklahoma City Thunder are ready to hit the international stage.
The best of Bricktown at Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Theo Maledon will represent their respective countries this week in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
Gilgeous-Alexander, who just signed a maximum extension, joins Team Canada a year after leaving the roster with a persistent plantar fascia injury. Now fully recovered, the 23-year-old is set to captain his home country’s team, pairing fellow NBA members Dwight Powell, Kelly Olynyk and his cousin, Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Team Canada returns to the FIBA Tour with a vengeance in mind, missing out one game of an Olympic berth last summer.
Gilgeous-Alexander and Team Canada are scheduled to face the Dominican Republic on Friday July 1 and the Virgin Islands on Monday July 4 in the Americas region.
In Europe, Théo Maledon will represent the French team for the second consecutive summer. Maledon returns to the France team as one of the mainstays of the country in its basketball program, as he has regularly appeared on international circuits since his teenage years. NBA alumni Vincent Poirier and Ellie Okobo join the Thunder guard in hopes of securing their ticket to France.
The France team faces Montenegro on Friday July 1 and Hungary on Monday July 4.
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