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FIBA World Cup qualifiers to feature three members of the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs will be well represented on the international stage.

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The road to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China starts now and three members of the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to help their countries qualify.

Per Joe Vardon of, Tristan Thompson (Canada), Cedi Osman (Turkey), and Ante Zizic (Croatia) will all suit up for their respective national teams.

The qualifiers take place from Sept 13th-17th with Canada playing in the Americas qualifier while Turkey and Croatia will play in the European tournament.

For Thompson, he joins Cory Joseph as the two veteran faces of the Canadian National team. The duo have been the only two Canadian NBA players that have consistently participated in the program.

Other NBA players that will play for Canada include Khem Birch, Dillon Brooks, Justin Jackson, and Kelly Olynyk, while other eligible players like Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Trey Lyles, and Dwight Powell are staying home.

Ante Zizic will be joined by Bojan Bogdanovic, Dragan Bender, and Dario Saric on the Croatian National team. For the Turkish National team, Cedi Osman will be joined by Ersan Ilyasova, Semih Erden, and Furkan Korkmaz.

All three Cavaliers competing in the qualifiers should have meaningful roles on their respective teams. Cedi Osman was in a featured role last time we saw him play for Turkey, while Thompson will be relied upon to be the anchor for Canada.

It will be interesting to see how Thompson looks, as he struggled throughout most of last season with various injuries. As we saw in the playoffs, a healthy Thompson can still make a significant impact on the floor. However, his ability to remain healthy is something that’s still up in the air.