The two young Utah Jazz players have reportedly been invited to participate on the 2012 USA Select team, which will help prepare Team USA for the Summer Olympics in London.
Hayward and Favors, both selected to participate in the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge this past All-Star Weekend, will join a team full of American up-and-comers, according to a CSNBayArea.com report.
The team reportedly will include: Hayward and Favors of the Jazz; DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Jeremy Lin (Knicks), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Kyrie Irving (Cavs), John Wall (Wizards), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), Paul George (Pacers), Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair (Spurs), Ryan Anderson (Magic) and Taj Gibson (Bulls).
Details haven’t been released by USA Basketball, but it’s possible Hayward and Favors would not be able to participate with the Jazz’s summer league team in Orlando (July 9-13). Team USA will begin its preparations for the London Games in Las Vegas during the same time period (July 5-12).
Hayward struggled in the postseason (6-for-33 shooting), but he played especially well during the second half of the regular season to help the Jazz make a successful playoff push. The 22-year-old finished his second year in the NBA with averages of 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Favors averaged 8.8 points and 6.5 rebounds during the season but the powerful and athletic 20-year-old came on strong in the playoffs. As one of Utah’s best players all series in the sweep vs. the Spurs, the 6-10 Favors averaged 11.8 points and 9.5 rebounds while playing stellar defense.