TOKYO: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Juancho Hernangomez (Photo) made the Olympic team of Spain despite being excluded from the competition earlier this month.
Hernangomez, 25, injured his left shoulder during a scrum with France on July 8 and the Spanish Basketball Federation said he would need time to recover.
Written with the No. 15th overall pick in 2016 by the Denver Nuggets, Hernangomez spent five years in the NBA. For his career, he averages 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game.
Hernangomez is one of four NBA players from the Spain squad, along with his brother Willy, Minnesota teammate Ricky Rubio and Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol.
Other notable players in Spain include six-time NBA All-Star Paul Gasol and NBA draft prospect Usman Garuba.
The United States team beat Spain 83-76 in their most recent (and final) Olympic show on Sunday.
Spain opens the Olympics on July 26 against Japan. – Reuters