Ben Simmons Not On Australia’s Preliminary World Cup Roster
Despite some optimism from head coach Brian Goorjian, Team Australia’s preliminary roster for the 2023 FIBA World Cup does not include Ben Simmons. Goorjian had previously said that he hoped that Simmons would make himself available to play in the tournament.
Australia could still add the Brooklyn Nets forward to the roster ahead of the World Cup. The competition begins on August 25.
Team Australia did include 10 NBA players on their 18-man preliminary roster. NBA players named to the team are Xavier Cooks (Washington Wizards), Dyson Daniels (New Orleans Pelicans), Matthew Dellavedova (Sacramento Kings), Josh Giddey (Oklahoma City Thunder), Josh Green (Dallas Mavericks), Joe Ingles (Milwaukee Bucks), Jock Landale (Phoenix Suns), Patty Mills (Brooklyn Nets), Matisse Thybulle (Portland Trail Blazers), Jack White (Denver Nuggets).
Former NBAers Dante Exum, Thon Maker and Will McDowell-White are also on the preliminary roster.