With the NBA season still a couple of months away, most players are still enjoying their summer vacations. However, others are currently competing in FIBA tournaments around the world. For example, Dirk Nowitzki has once again suited up for the German national team as they gear up for Eurobasket 2015. Closer to the United States, a handful of countries are playing in the Jenaro "Tuto" Marchand Continental Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Tuto Marchand Continental Cup is a warm-up tournament for the Olympic-qualifying FIBA Americas Championship. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico are all participating in the tournament this year.
At this point, you may be wondering how this somewhat obscure exhibition pertains to the Dallas Mavericks. This is a Mavs site, after all. Well, yesterday, August 26, 2015, the Canadian national team and the Puerto Rican national team played each other. On those teams are two current Mavericks. Dwight Powell is on team Canada and J.J. Barea plays for Puerto Rico.
Barea, who is not new to international competition, dominated the box score on his way to a near triple double. He scored 17 points on 38 percent shooting, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished nine assists. Unfortunately, his output was not enough as Puerto Rico fell to Canada, 78-72.
While Barea is a star for his team, Powell is a role player for Team Canada. He came off the bench and scored just two points and grabbed three rebounds. With players like Andrew Wiggins, Cory Joseph, and Anthony Bennett suiting up for Canada, it's not surprising that Powell isn't called upon to contribute more. Especially when Wiggins is doing this:
With the win, Canada secured first place in the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.