ORLANDO, FL - MAY 05: Forward Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic is introduced against the Indiana Pacers in Game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Amway Center on May 5, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Anderson won the leagues most approved player award. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Ryan Anderson took home the NBA's Most Improved Player award earlier in May. On Monday, he received another accolade, as Team USA Basketball invited him to join the Select Team, which will convene prior to the 2012 Olympic Games to compete against the Team USA squad which will ultimately compete for the gold in London. Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area reported the news first, while Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel confirmed it independently.
Anderson joins a group of standouts including Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. Anderson would have competed against Orlando Magic teammate Dwight Howard, but back surgery in April ruled Howard out of the Olympics, so he will not have the opportunity to repeat as a gold medalist.