Canada must qualify this summer to return to the Olympic Games for the first time in 16 years, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for 2016. If they get there, it will be with a roster that's young but promising because of its NBA pedigrees. Here's a possible lineup it could present at the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico:
SF: Andrew Wiggins
•Just like the Wolves, the Canadian program is hitching itself to Wiggins' ascending star and awaiting a ride for the next decade or more. "There's always been a lot of talent in Canada," Wiggins said. "It's just the fact that now we're getting noticed, like America."
PF: Tristan Thompson Cleveland
•At age 23, he's something of Team Canada's old man, particularly alongside 19-year-old Wiggins. "First of all, it makes me feel old," he said. "Second, it makes me feel honored to be part of something special."
C: Kelly Olynyk
•Forget the unruly hair, he's an effective stretch 5 — a center who take his man away from the basket — whom Flip Saunders targeted with the Wolves' 14th pick they ultimately used to take Shabazz Muhammad in 2013.
PG: Cory Joseph
•Fourth-year pro and former late first-round pick knows something about winning as member of the defending champion Spurs, but he doesn't sound sold on his Canada team just yet. "We've got a lot of talent, but we know we haven't done anything yet," he said. "We've got a lot of good names on paper, but we've got to put it together."
SG: Nik Stauskas
•It probably won't be a helpful factor should Canada return to the Summer Olympics in Rio, but his northern upbringing improved his ballhandling, thanks to winter play wearing gloves on his family's back-yard court. "The ball doesn't bounce too much when it gets cold, so it helped," he said.
Bench PF Anthony Bennett, Timberwolves; PF Andrew Nicholson, Orlando; C Robert Sacre, L.A. Lakers; PG Tyler Ennis, Phoenix; PF/C Joel Anthony, Detroit; PF Dwight Powell, Boston.