Orlando Summer League – Rosters

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:

Boston Celtics 
# Player POS Height Weight From
60 Anosike, O.D. F/C 6-8 240 Siena/SIG
52 Babb, Chris G/F 6-5 225 Iowa
46 Bertans, Dairis G 6-4 183 Latvia/Bilbao
63 Coursey, Daniel F/C 6-10 220 Mercer
37 Iverson, Colton C 7-0 255 Colorado
47 Jackson, Edwin G 6-3 201 France/ASVEL
12 Johnson, Chris G/F 6-6 201 Dayton/Boston
56 Moser, Mike F 6-8 210 Oregon
57 Oliver, Devin F 6-7 225 Dayton
41 Olynyk, Kelly F 7-0 238 Gonzaga/Boston
26 Pressey, Phil G 5-11 175 Missouri/Boston
36 Smart, Marcus G 6-4 220 Oklahoma
13 Young, James G/F 6-6 215 Kentucky

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.

Brooklyn Nets
# Player POS Height Weight From
Brown, Markel G 6-3 184 Oklahoma State
Casey, Kyle F 6-7 225 Harvard
Clark, Dan C 6-11 210 England
Greene, Donte F 6-11 226 Syracuse
Gutierrez, Jorge G 6-3 191 California
Jefferson, Cory F 6-9 218 Baylor
Jenkins, Michael G 6-3 195 Winthrop
Kromah, Lasan F 6-6 201 Connecticut
Minnerath, Nick F 6-9 215 Detroit Mercy
Omic, Alen C 7-1 225 Slovenia
Plumlee, Mason F/C 6-11 235 Duke
Roberson, John G 5-11 168 Texas Tech
Southwell, Shane G 6-7 215 Kansas State
Summers, DaJuan F 6-8 240 Georgetown
Teague, Marquis G 6-2 190 Kentucky
Thames, Xavier G 6-3 187 San Diego State
Thomas, Adonis G 6-7 240 Memphis

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.

Detroit Pistons
# Player POS Height Weight From
5 Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious G 6-6 205 Georgia
54 Cook, Brian F/C 6-9 234 Illinois
32 Harper, Justin F 6-10 225 Richmond
50 Heath, Jordan F 6-10 240 Canisius
28 James, Damion F 6-7 225 Texas
20 Liggins, DeAndre G 6-6 209 Kentucky
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
35 Ohlbrecht, Tim C 6-11 255 Germany
34 Siva, Peyton G 6-0 185 Louisville
42 Spurlock, Tristan F 6-8 230 Central Florida
14 Starks, Markel G 6-1 175 Georgetown
43 Watford, Chris F 6-9 232 Indiana

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.

Houston Rockets
# Player POS Height Weight From
28 Bilan, Miro C 6-11 245 Cedevita/Croatia
27 Black, Tarik F/C 6-8 253 Kansas/USA
9 Brown, Jabari G 6-4 215 Missouri/USA
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
10 Crawford, Chris G 6-4 212 Memphis/USA
3 Johnson, Nick G 6-3 198 Arizona/USA
4 Kramer, Chris G 6-3 195 Purdue/USA
35 Leunen, Maarty F 6-9 220 Oregon/USA
14 Marshall, Jermaine G 6-4 215 Arizona State/USA
17 Mitchell, Akil F 6-9 230 Virginia/USA
26 Soloman, Richard F 6-11 226 California/USA
16 Udofia, Chris F 6-6 200 Denver/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.

Indiana Pacers
# Player POS Height Weight From
5 Allen, Lavoy C 6-9 255 Temple
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
14 Gaines, Frank G 6-3 195 IPFW
44 Hill, Solomon F 6-7 220 Arizona
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
6 Mason Jr., Roger G 6-5 200 Virginia
11 Nunnally, James F 6-7 205 UC-Santa Barbara
23 Odum, Jake G 6-4 180 Indiana State
19 Onuaku, Arinze C 6-9 275 Syracuse
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.

Memphis Grizzlies
# Player POS Height Weight From
1 Adams, Jordan G 6-5 209 UCLA
18 Cobbs, Justin G 6-3 190 California
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
7 Giffey, Niels G/F 6-7 200 Connecticut
23 Jackson, Joe G 6-1 167 Memphis
14 Lucas, Kalin G 6-1 186 Michigan State
2 Stokes, Jarnell F/C 6-9 263 Tennessee
6 Thompson, Deon F 6-8 250 North Carolina
92 Timma, Janis F/G 6-7 226 n/a
10 Ubiles, Edwin G/F 6-6 204 Siena
8 White, Okaro F 6-8 180 Florida State
16 White, Terrico G 6-5 215 Ole Miss
15 Wilbekin, Scottie G 6-3 168 Florida

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.

Miami Heat
# Player POS Height Weight From
63 Aska, Ivan F 6-7 230 Murray State/Virgin Islands
54 Barthel, Danilo F 6-10 220 Germany
62 Benimon, Jerrelle F 6-8 246 Towson/USA
52 Boungou-Colo, Nobel F 6-8 215 Republic of Congo
61 Dawkins, Andre G 6-4 206 Duke/USA
50 Drew, Larry G 6-2 180 UCLA/USA
32 Ennis, James F 6-7 210 Long Beach State/USA
56 Hall, Langston G 6-4 180 Mercer/USA
7 Hamilton, Justin C 7-0 245 LSU/USA
53 Holman, Eli F/C 6-10 259 Detroit Mercy/USA
55 Honeycutt, Tyler F 6-8 198 UCLA/USA
57 Johnson, Tyler G 6-4 186 Fresno State/USA
51 McKinney-Jones, Trey G 6-5 220 Miami(FL)/USA
13 Napier, Shabazz G 6-1 171 Connecticut/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.

Oklahoma City Thunder 
# Player POS Height Weight From
12 Adams, Steven C 7-0 255 Pittsburgh/New Zealand
22 Christon, Semaj G 6-3 190 Xavier/USA
30 Edwin, Fuquan G/F 6-6 215 Seton Hall/USA
14 Huestis, Josh F 6-7 230 Stanford/USA
7 Jerrett, Grant F 6-10 232 Arizona/USA
3 Jones, Perry F 6-11 235 Baylor/USA
11 Lamb, Jeremy G 6-5 180 Connecticut/USA
31 Lewis, Marcus F 6-8 245 Oral Roberts/USA
23 Little, Mario G 6-6 218 Kansas/USA
33 McGary, Mitch F 6-10 255 Michigan/USA
21 Roberson, Andre F 6-7 210 Colorado/USA
2 Smith, Nolan G 6-2 190 Duke/USA
6 Stockton, Michael G 6-1 178 Westminster/USA
44 Sutton, Maurice C 6-11 220 Villanova/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.

Orlando Magic
# Player POS Height Weight From
20 Batts, Kadeem F 6-9 256 Providence
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
40 Dixon-Tatum, Ashaun C 7-0 230 Auburn
23 English, Kim G 6-6 200 Chorale Roanne/France
0 Gordon, Aaron F 6-9 220 Arizona
11 Hancock, Luke F 6-6 200 Louisville
19 Jones, Cameron G 6-3 185 Santa Cruz/NBDL
7 Magette, Josh G 6-1 160 Los Angeles/NBDL
8 Marble, Devyn G/F 6-6 192 Iowa
5 Oladipo, Victor G 6-4 215 Orlando Magic
24 Osby, Romero F 6-7 230 Maine/NBDL
4 Payton, Elfrid G 6-4 185 Louisiana-Lafayette
13 Perry, Kendrick G 6-0 169 Youngstown State
22 Rubit, Augustine F/C 6-6 222 South Alabama
16 Suggs, Scott G 6-6 195 Erie/NBDL
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.

Philadelphia 76ers
# Player POS Height Weight From
33 Bader, Travis G 6-5 190 Oakland/USA
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
39 Grant, Jerami F 6-8 210 Syracuse/USA
44 Hagins, Jamelle F 6-9 230 Delaware/USA
55 Jackson, Pierre G 5-10 180 Baylor/USA
4 Noel, Nerlens C 6-11 228 Kentucky/USA
16 Roberts Jr., Ronald F 6-8 225 St. Joseph’s/USA
41 Sampson, JaKarr G 6-9 214 St. John’s/USA
30 Sykes, Isaiah G 6-6 220 UCF/USA
31 Thompson, Hollis F 6-8 206 Georgetown/USA
12 Ware, Casper G 5-10 175 Long Beach State/USA
42 Zanna, Talib F 6-9 230 Pittsburgh/Nigeria

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.

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