Orlando Summer League Rosters 2012: Top Rookies and Full List of Players

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Orlando Summer League Rosters 2012: Top Rookies and Full List of Players
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The Orlando Magic will once again host a five-day summer league in July. It's a chance for the NBA's young players to gain some valuable experience in a competitive environment as they look to improve their chances of making an impact next season.

Eight teams will participate in the event, which is the second largest summer league behind the NBA-run league in Las Vegas. It will begin on Monday, July 9 and run through Friday, July 13. A total of 20 games will be played.

Any player with three seasons or less in the NBA is eligible for summer league action, but fans are mostly waiting to see their favorite team's newest rookies take the court. Let's take a look at the teams involved, the rosters and some players that we should see in Orlando.

Orlando Summer League Rosters (via league's official site)

Boston Celtics

Player Position College
Dionte Christmas Guard Temple
Johnathan Gibson Guard New Mexico State
E'Twaun Moore Guard Purdue
Jamar Smith Guard Southern Indiana
Craig Brackins Forward Iowa State
JaJuan Johnson Forward Purdue
Kris Joseph Forward Syracuse
Stephane Lasme Forward Massachusetts
Jared Sullinger Forward Ohio State
Fab Melo Center Syracuse
Sean Williams Center Boston College

Brooklyn Nets

Player Position College
MarShon Brooks Guard Providence
Stephen Dennis Guard Kutztown
Ashton Gibbs Guard Pittsburgh
Taureen Green Guard Florida
Tyshawn Taylor Guard Kansas
Edwin Ubiles Guard Siena
Bryant Dunston Forward Fordham
Adam Morrison Forward Gonzaga
Carleton Scott Forward Notre Dame
Tornike Shengelia Forward Spirou Charleroi
Al Thornton Forward Florida State
Julian Wright Forward Kansas
Jeff Foote Center Cornell
Garrett Stutz Center Wichita State

Detroit Pistons

Player Position College
Kim English Guard Missouri
Armon Johnson Guard Nevada-Reno
Brandon Knight Guard Kentucky
Patrick Richard Guard McNeese State
Casper Ware Guard Long Beach State
Austin Daye Forward Gonzaga
Yancy Gates Forward Cincinnati
Khris Middleton Forward Texas A&M
Kyle Singler Forward Duke
Andre Drummond Center Connecticut
Vernon Macklin Center Florida

Indiana Pacers

Player Position College
Reggie Hamilton Guard Oakland
Ben Hansbrough Guard Notre Dame
Matt Janning Guard Northeastern
Orlando Johnson Guard UC Santa Barbara
Chris Kramer Guard Purdue
Lance Stephenson Guard Cincinnati
Robert Vaden Guard Alabama-Birmingham
Jarrid Famous Forward South Florida
Tyren Johnson Forward Louisiana-Lafayette
Jeff Pendergraph Forward Arizona State
Matt Rogers Forward Southwest Baptist
Miles Plumlee Center Duke
Hamady N'diaye Center Rutgers

Oklahoma City Thunder

Player Position College
Morris Almond Guard Rice
Kent Bazemore Guard Old Dominion
Dwight Buycks Guard Marquette
Marquez Haynes Guard UT Arlington
John Holland Guard Boston University
Reggie Jackson Guard Boston College
Garrett Temple Guard Louisiana State
Lazar Heyward Forward Marquette
Perry Jones III Forward Baylor
James Mays Forward Clemson
Ryan Reid Forward Florida State
Latavious Williams Forward None
Cole Aldrich Center Kansas
Gary McGhee Center Pittsburgh

Orlando Magic

Player Position College
Kevin Anderson Guard Richmond
Bradford Burgess Guard VCU
DeAndre Liggins Guard Kentucky
Ishmael Smith Guard Wake Forest
Dominique Sutton Guard NC Central
Ryan Thompson Guard Rider
Maalin Wayns Guard Villanova
Charlie Westbrook Guard South Dakota
Justin Harper Forward Richmond
DeQuan Jones Forward Miami
Andrew Nicholson Forward St. Bonaventure
Kyle O'Quinn Forward Norfolk State
Josh Owens Forward Stanford
Magnum Rolle Forward Louisiana Tech
Luke Nevill Forward Utah

Philadelphia 76ers

Player Position College
Chris Johnson Guard Dayton
Jacob Pullen Guard Kansas State
Jeremy Richardson Guard Delta State
Zach Rosen Guard Penn
Jon Sheyer Guard Duke
Xavier Silas Guard Northern Illinois
Clay Tucker Guard Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Maurice Harkless Forward St. John's
Terrence Jennings Forward Louisville
Devin Searcy Forward Dayton
Solomon Jones Center South Florida
Justin Williams Center Wyoming
Nik Vucevic Center USC

Utah Jazz

Player Position College
Blake Ahern Guard Missouri State
Alec Burks Guard Colorado
Stephen Graham Guard Oklahoma State
Mike Green Guard Butler
Kevin Murphy Guard Tennessee Tech
Michael Stockton Guard Westminster
Kyle Weaver Guard Washington State
DeMarre Carroll Forward Missouri
Tony Gaffney Forward Massachusetts
Justin Knox Forward Alabama
John Millsap Forward UT-San Antonio
Cedric Simmons Forward NC State
Deron Washington Forward Virginia Tech
Enes Kanter Center Kentucky
Salah Mejri Center None
Henry Sims Center Georgetown

Players To Watch

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Andre Drummond (Pistons)

One of the most intriguing prospects in the entire draft, Drummond was selected by the Pistons with the ninth pick. He's still a raw talent with a long way to go before reaching his sky-high potential, but that's what these games are for.

He has a terrific combination of size and athleticism, which should make him an elite post defender, and did show good offensive efficiency during his one season at Connecticut. Now it comes down to elevating his level of play to an NBA level.

Having endured a disappointing season, Detroit will likely be hoping Drummond can make his presence felt right away starting this fall. The best way to prepare for that would be having him test his skills against the summer league crowd.

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Andrew Nicholson (Magic)

The hometown Magic would be wise to have Nicholson take part in the event. He had an impressive career at St. Bonaventure, scoring 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds per game in his senior season.

That was against small-school competition, though.

Getting him out there against a bunch of players fighting to impress their coaches should give Orlando a better look at what they have. Nicholson has a really nice low-post game and can also stretch the defense by knocking down mid-range jumpers.

His defensive ability will receive its toughest test to date. He has good enough athletic ability to stick with most post players, but he might lack the strength necessary to guard against power moves.

The Magic should use the summer league to find out.

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Maurice Harkless (76ers)

Taking Harkless in the middle of Round 1 was a risk by the 76ers and now they'll start finding out if it will pay off. His athletic ability allowed him to stand out from the crowd, but it's impossible to know how that will translate to the next level.

His best attribute on offense is a willingness to attack the rim. Some young players become more tentative when they make the NBA jump, however, so using the summer league to help him build confidence would be the right move for Philadelphia.

At the very least he should be able to hold his own on the defensive end. He has good quickness and length, which are key at the power forward position. There's plenty of developing left to do, but he has all the tools a team looks for.

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