Aust can't just rely on NBA talent: Bogut

Andrew Bogut (right) says the Boomers have their work cut out for them to win a medal .
Andrew Bogut (right) says the Boomers have their work cut out for them to win a medal .

Australian veteran Andrew Bogut insists the Boomers won't break their international medal drought at the World Cup if they rely on talent alone.

Bogut was among nine NBA players named in the Boomers' extended 18-man squad for the tournament in China in August-September, with Ben Simmons, Joe Ingles and Patty Mills the star attractions.

It shapes as the strongest-ever Boomers squad, one which is a genuine chance of podium finishes at the World Cup and next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Despite having a raft of NBA-talent to call upon, the reigning NBL MVP is under no illusion about the task confronting the national side.

"It's one of the better teams that we've had over the last 20 or 30 years on paper," he told Macquarie Sports Radio on Friday.

"We still have work to do. The rest of the world is just as good. A lot of countries are competing for that elusive medal as well.

"It's a tough tournament."

The Golden State Warriors and Sydney Kings big man has represented Australia at three Olympics but missed the London Games due to an ankle injury. He will be 35 at the time of the Tokyo Olympics.

Resting ahead of another trip to the NBA Finals with the Warriors, Bogut sympathised with squad absentees Thon Maker and Ryan Broekhoff.

Maker, traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Detroit Pistons this season, withdrew from selection after his new NBA team made it clear they wanted the power forward to concentrate on his development in their off-season.

Dallas Mavericks rookie Ryan Broekhoff was also unavailable while awaiting the birth of his first child.

Bogut admitted the pair would be missed but didn't blame them for prioritising family and career.

"You have to somewhat be selfish with your own career," Bogut said on Maker's situation.

"I don't think he'd tell you that he had a great year. It's a tough (decision) for a young fella. I definitely don't despise him for it.

"(Ryan's) also a huge out for us because he shoots the ball so well. But family and career ... you've got to put them a little bit above playing for your national team."

The 18-man squad will play four warm-up games prior to the World Cup before being trimmed to 12 for the tournament.

Australian Associated Press