Caitlin Clark
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The snub of Indiana Fever rookie guard Caitlin Clark for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris has caught the attention of the sports world.

Considered a generational talent, Clark was kept off the 12-player squad as Team USA opted to go more with veterans to represent the country this summer in France.

For some, the decision was a slap in the face. Clark’s importance to the WNBA and women’s basketball in general is by now well known. Attendance figures coupled with increased television ratings tell us this story.

She’s also played at a pretty high level to open her professional career.

  • Caitlin Clark stats (2024): 16.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 6.0 APG, 37% shooting

That shooting mark is much lower than what we saw from Clark during her history-making career with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Still, those are some eye-opening numbers for a 22-year-old rookie.

We’re now hearing a bit more about Clark’s plans during the summer now that she won’t represent Team USA. It’s some rather interesting stuff.

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Caitlin Clark Could Play Against Team USA In WNBA All-Star Game

Caitlin Clark
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This year’s All-Star format is different. It will pit WNBA All-Stars up against the Team USA roster heading into the Olympics. Clark could very well be on the verge of earning a spot on the All-Star team.

“The highs and lows of Clark’s first 13 WNBA games have been thoroughly covered and analyzed, but between the heavily weighted fan vote and her overall solid career start, she’ll likely be headed to Phoenix.

The rookie, who ranks fourth in the league in assists per game, joins Olympian Jackie Young as the only players this season averaging at least 16 points and 6 assists. Regardless of whether you think Clark should have made the Olympic team, it’s hard to deny that it’s a tantalizing prospect to see her go against Team USA as part of the WNBA All-Stars.”

ESPN’s note on Caitlin Clark

The idea of Clark going up against Team USA has to be music to the ears for the WNBA. Imagine the scene as she takes on Olympians July 20 in Phoenix.

Now, imagine Clark dominating against those who were chosen over her to represent the United States. That’s narrative gold right there.

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