The Nets forward Cam Johnson has committed to representing Team USA in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
Cameron Jordan Johnson, born on March 3, 1996, is an American basketball player currently playing for the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA.
He played college basketball for the Pittsburgh Panthers and later transferred to the North Carolina Tar Heels.
In the 2019 NBA Draft, the Timberwolves selected Johnson as the eleventh overall pick but was traded to the Suns on draft night.
Notably, he played a key role in the Suns’ journey to the 2021 NBA Finals during his sophomore season.
On February 9, 2023, the Suns traded Johnson, along with Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, four unprotected first-round picks, and a 2028 first-round pick swap, to the Nets in a blockbuster deal for Kevin Durant and T.J. Warren.
Subsequently, Johnson made his debut for the Nets just two days later, showcasing an impressive performance of 12 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in a close 101-98 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Cam Johnson Will Represent Team USA for FIBA World Cup 2023
The Nets forward Johnson has committed to represent Team USA in the upcoming FIBA World Cup, which will take place in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia from August 25 to September 10.
Johnson will join his close friend Mikal Bridges, with whom he previously played for the Suns before being traded to the Nets in the Kevin Durant deal.
According to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, the Team USA roster includes notable players such as Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, Austin Reaves, Jalen Brunson, Walker Kessler, Brandon Ingram, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Bobby Portis.
Johnson, the 11th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, is coming off a successful season, averaging career-high numbers in points, rebounds, three-pointers made, assists, and steals.
While he is heading into restricted free agency, the Nets are expected to prioritize keeping him as part of their developing core.
Team USA, aiming for a rebound after a disappointing seventh-place finish in 2019, holds the record for the most gold medals and total medals in FIBA World Cup history.
With their talented and deep roster, the United States is considered the frontrunner to claim the 2023 FIBA World Cup gold medal.