In and Out of This World

In mid-July, Team USA chose 19 players to compete for 12 spots on its World Cup squad. What happened next was grueling — stars backed out, another broke his leg, others were painfully cut. Now the fun begins. With the FIBA World Cup tipping off Aug. 30, here's a quick — animated! — look at a few key players who will and won't be representing the U.S. in Spain.

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IN: Stephen Curry

Team: Warriors   |   Position: PG   |   Age: 26

Curry, the NBA's reigning 3-point king, has a shooting form that is among the world's most-admired.

OUT: Damian Lillard

Team: Trail Blazers   |   Position: PG   |   Age: 24

Lillard made a name for himself with a series-deciding, long-range jumper in the 2014 NBA playoffs.

IN: James Harden

Team: Rockets   |   Position: SG   |   Age: 25

Harden averaged more than 25 points per game last season thanks to a vast array of scoring moves.

OUT: Paul George

Team: Pacers   |   Position: SF   |   Age: 24

George has been an inspiration with his unerring confidence in the face of a gruesome leg injury.

IN: Anthony Davis

Team: Pelicans   |   Position: PF   |   Age: 21

Davis possesses a unique combination of traits that makes things tough on opponents.

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