Chandler appears a lock to make first cut

July, 24, 2010
7/24/10
8:05
AM CT
New Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler appears to be an easy candidate to get past the first cut for Team USA.

ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan is in Las Vegas taking in the workouts. He classifies the 7-foot-1 Chandler in the category of "Not on the bubble." Here's how he sees Chandler's performance this week:
He has clearly been the team's best center, and has looked healthy after missing most of the last two NBA seasons with injuries.

This comes days after USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said that Chandler needed to get in "real" shape.

Chandler's chances of making Team USA, which will compete in the World Championships next month in Turkey, are high. Because of withdrawals, the center pool is thin and Team USA is looking for rebounders and shot blockers out of its big men.

Chandler's main competition is New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez, who, Sheridan reports, has looked sluggish after recovering from a long bout with mononucleosis, and long-shot JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards.

Chandler and Team USA will see their first game action at 9 tonight in an intrasquad scrimmage on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
19.1 4.2 1.9 33.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.4
AssistsR. Rondo 6.3
StealsM. Ellis 1.9
BlocksT. Chandler 1.2