Tomorrow (July 5) the NBA Orlando Summer League will start. Although only 10 teams are taking part on the short summer tournament (until July 11), there are many interesting young prospects to have a look at:
The four biggest names of the Celtics roster are the last four of the list: Olynyk, Pressey, Smart and Young. The first two were a significant part of last year’s Celtics play, and this summer league will help them develop as players and, mostly, as team leaders. Regarding their two draft pick, guards Marcus Smart and James Young, are both expected to play at a high level, and show the coaches that Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are going to be well accompanied by them this season. This is a good opportunity for them to start the season in a good rhythm. Other players to pay atenttion to are Chris Babb and Chris Johnson, who last year played some time for the shrinked Boston team, and Colton Iverson, who was close to making the team last year. Finally, Dairis Bertans, is a proved international player with experience at a high level in Europe, and so this is his opportunity to show everyone that he can adapt to the NBA-style.
|Brown, Markel||G||6-3||184||Oklahoma State|
|Minnerath, Nick||F||6-9||215||Detroit Mercy|
|Roberson, John||G||5-11||168||Texas Tech|
|Southwell, Shane||G||6-7||215||Kansas State|
|Thames, Xavier||G||6-3||187||San Diego State|
This team will be clearly led by Mason Plumlee, who took part in the rookie-sophomore game at the All-Star, together with Marquis Teague and Jorge Gutierrez, as both ended the season playing for the Nets. However, newly hired Lionel Hollins will surely want to test the several young prospects available in the roster. Adonis Thomas, Xavier Thames, Cory Jefferson and Markel Brown may find it difficult to make it to the team, but effort should be there. And DaJuan Summers, Donte Greene, and English Dan Clark, already have international experience, so in their case it will be more of a fit test. Anyway, it will be hard for anyone outside Plumlee, Gutierrez and Teague to make the team.
|23||Lighty, David||G||6-6||216||Ohio State|
|17||Miller, Ian||G||6-3||198||Florida State|
|9||Mitchell, Tony||F||6-9||235||North Texas|
|42||Spurlock, Tristan||F||6-8||230||Central Florida|
Probably one of the weakest roster of the summer league, the Pistons should be led by Caldwell-Pope and Peyton Siva, who should play a more important part on the team’s backcourt this season. However, other players to account on are German and former Philly player Tim Ohlbrecht, a superb athlete on Tony Mitchell, as well as hard workers Brian Cook, Damion James and DeAndre Liggins. But don’t expect any of them to make the team, even though Tony Mitchell should be given an opportunity, and could get it if he dominates the summer league again as he did it last season.
|1||Canaan, Isaiah||G||6-0||190||Murray State/USA|
|8||Carson, Jahii||G||5-11||180||Arizona State/USA|
|33||Covington, Robert||F||6-9||215||Tennessee State/USA|
|14||Marshall, Jermaine||G||6-4||215||Arizona State/USA|
This is an even weaker team that the Detroit one. Only Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington played for the Rockets, but actually, they didn’t play at all. So the only interesting player in this team should be Nick Johnson, who the Rockets expect a lot from. The Arizona player may lead this team, and that can help him start the season fresh.
|7||Atkins, Eric||G||6-0||180||Notre Dame|
|2||Bost, Dee||G||6-2||176||Mississippi State|
|42||Carmichael, Jackie||F||6-9||240||Illinois State|
|29||Jones, DeQuan||F||6-8||220||Miami (FL)|
|25||Jones, Kevin||F||6-8||251||West Virginia|
|20||Leslie, C.J.||F||6-9||209||North Carolina State|
|11||Nunnally, James||F||6-7||205||UC-Santa Barbara|
|23||Odum, Jake||G||6-4||180||Indiana State|
|17||Rojas, Sadiel||G||6-4||190||Oklahoma Wesleyan|
|15||Sloan, Donald||G||6-3||205||Texas A&M|
|18||Stone, Tyler||F||6-8||230||Southeast Missouri St.|
Even after withdrawing Lavoy Allen and Roger Mason Jr. from the roster, the Pacers have some interesting players in this year’s summer league. Donald Sloan and Solomon Hill already played for them last season and they should be the leaders. Arinze Onuaki, Kevin Jones and DeQuan Jones have had some NBA experience too, but they need to prove much more than the first two, and they may find it hard to impress Frank Vogel. However, expect DeQuan Jones to make a significant impact at the summer league, as he did his first time.
|4||Cooley, Jack||F/C||6-9||244||Notre Dame|
|0||Famous, Jarrid||C||6-11||240||South Florida|
|22||Franklin, Jamaal||G||6-5||191||San Diego State|
|14||Lucas, Kalin||G||6-1||186||Michigan State|
|6||Thompson, Deon||F||6-8||250||North Carolina|
|8||White, Okaro||F||6-8||180||Florida State|
|16||White, Terrico||G||6-5||215||Ole Miss|
Jamaal Franklin, Terrico White and Deon Thompson are the only players with NBA experience, and they haven’t played much, so this may be the most inexperienced team of the summer league. However, the Grizzlies expect might expect a good performance from Jordan Adams, and Jarnell Stokes should neither disappoint. Only Adams seems to have the skills to make the team.
|63||Aska, Ivan||F||6-7||230||Murray State/Virgin Islands|
|52||Boungou-Colo, Nobel||F||6-8||215||Republic of Congo|
|32||Ennis, James||F||6-7||210||Long Beach State/USA|
|53||Holman, Eli||F/C||6-10||259||Detroit Mercy/USA|
|57||Johnson, Tyler||G||6-4||186||Fresno State/USA|
Everyone is going to pay attention to former Connecticut, NCAA champion and Lebron-favorite Shabazz Napier. He is a proved guard, a true competitor, and has talent to play around James. However, Tyler Honeycutt and Justin Hamilton may help him lead this team, as they already have some NBA experience. Andre Dawkins, Larry Drew and James Ennis may have an opportunity to prove their value too.
|12||Adams, Steven||C||7-0||255||Pittsburgh/New Zealand|
|30||Edwin, Fuquan||G/F||6-6||215||Seton Hall/USA|
|31||Lewis, Marcus||F||6-8||245||Oral Roberts/USA|
This should be one of the best summer league teams this season. Steven Adams, Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Andre Roberson all have significant experience playing for the Thunder, so the core of the team will be very strong and competitive. Moreover, Nolan Smith, Michael Stockton, Semaj Christon, Josh Huestis and specially Mitch McGary may all have time to prove that they deserve a place on the Thunder squad for this season.
|15||Bouldin, Matt||G||6-5||224||Fort Wayne/NBDL|
|30||Curry, Seth||G||6-2||185||Santa Cruz/NBDL|
|3||Dedmon, Dewayne||C||7-0||255||Orlando Magic|
|23||English, Kim||G||6-6||200||Chorale Roanne/France|
|19||Jones, Cameron||G||6-3||185||Santa Cruz/NBDL|
|7||Magette, Josh||G||6-1||160||Los Angeles/NBDL|
|5||Oladipo, Victor||G||6-4||215||Orlando Magic|
|13||Perry, Kendrick||G||6-0||169||Youngstown State|
|22||Rubit, Augustine||F/C||6-6||222||South Alabama|
|32||Macklin, Vernon||F||6-10||227||Liaoning/ China|
|17||Williams, Darrius||G||6-4||215||Moorehouse College|
The host Orland Magic want to win the summer league too, and that’s why they are sending Victor Oladipo, already the star of the team. But he won’t be alone. Aaron Gordon is one of the highest prospect of this year’s class. Also, consider Vernon Macklin, Elfrid Payton, Romero Osby, Devyn Marble, Luke Hancock, Kim English, Dewayne Dedmon and Seth Curry as players who will all get close to making the Magic roster. Competition among them should be high this summer.
|18||Craft, Aaron||G||6-2||195||Ohio State/USA|
|43||Daniel, Ed||F||6-7||228||Murray State/USA|
|45||Ejim, Melvin||F||6-6||220||Iowa State/Canada|
|16||Roberts Jr., Ronald||F||6-8||225||St. Joseph’s/USA|
|41||Sampson, JaKarr||G||6-9||214||St. John’s/USA|
|12||Ware, Casper||G||5-10||175||Long Beach State/USA|
The 76ers can’t wait anymore to see Nerlens Noel play. They expect a lot from him, and a bad start to his season could hurt their perspectives significantly. Also, apart from him and Pierre Jackson, it is hard to find anyone in this team who can make a real impact at the summer league. Maybe Hollis Thompson, or Jerami Grant can have some opportunities, but they should not be getting a place at any NBA team.