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

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16:  Andrew Nicholson #44 of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies holds the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2012

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

PlayerPositionCollege
Reggie HamiltonGuardOakland
Ben HansbroughGuardNotre Dame
Matt JanningGuardNortheastern
Orlando JohnsonGuardUC Santa Barbara
Chris KramerGuardPurdue
Lance StephensonGuardCincinnati
Robert VadenGuardAlabama-Birmingham
Jarrid FamousForwardSouth Florida
Tyren JohnsonForwardLouisiana-Lafayette
Jeff PendergraphForwardArizona State
Matt RogersForwardSouthwest Baptist
Miles PlumleeCenterDuke
Hamady N'diayeCenterRutgers

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

PlayerPositionCollege
Morris AlmondGuardRice
Kent BazemoreGuardOld Dominion
Dwight BuycksGuardMarquette
Marquez HaynesGuardUT Arlington
John HollandGuardBoston University
Reggie JacksonGuardBoston College
Garrett TempleGuardLouisiana State
Lazar HeywardForwardMarquette
Perry Jones IIIForwardBaylor
James MaysForwardClemson
Ryan ReidForwardFlorida State
Latavious WilliamsForwardNone
Cole AldrichCenterKansas
Gary McGheeCenterPittsburgh

 

Orlando Magic

PlayerPositionCollege
Kevin AndersonGuardRichmond
Bradford BurgessGuardVCU
DeAndre LigginsGuardKentucky
Ishmael SmithGuardWake Forest
Dominique SuttonGuardNC Central
Ryan ThompsonGuardRider
Maalin WaynsGuardVillanova
Charlie WestbrookGuardSouth Dakota
Justin HarperForwardRichmond
DeQuan JonesForwardMiami
Andrew NicholsonForwardSt. Bonaventure
Kyle O'QuinnForwardNorfolk State
Josh OwensForwardStanford
Magnum RolleForwardLouisiana Tech
Luke NevillForwardUtah

 

Philadelphia 76ers

PlayerPositionCollege
Chris JohnsonGuardDayton
Jacob PullenGuardKansas State
Jeremy RichardsonGuardDelta State
Zach RosenGuardPenn
Jon SheyerGuardDuke
Xavier SilasGuardNorthern Illinois
Clay TuckerGuardWisconsin-Milwaukee
Maurice HarklessForwardSt. John's
Terrence JenningsForwardLouisville
Devin SearcyForwardDayton
Solomon JonesCenterSouth Florida
Justin WilliamsCenterWyoming
Nik VucevicCenterUSC

 

Utah Jazz

PlayerPositionCollege
Blake AhernGuardMissouri State
Alec BurksGuardColorado
Stephen GrahamGuardOklahoma State
Mike GreenGuardButler
Kevin MurphyGuardTennessee Tech
Michael StocktonGuardWestminster
Kyle WeaverGuardWashington State
DeMarre CarrollForwardMissouri
Tony GaffneyForwardMassachusetts
Justin KnoxForwardAlabama
John MillsapForwardUT-San Antonio
Cedric SimmonsForwardNC State
Deron WashingtonForwardVirginia Tech
Enes KanterCenterKentucky
Salah MejriCenterNone
Henry SimsCenterGeorgetown

 

Players To Watch

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06:  Andre Drummond #12 of the Connecticut Huskies in action against the DePaul Blue Demons during their first round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City.  (P
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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.

 

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.

 

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Moe Harkless (R) of St. John's Red Storm greets NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) after he was selected number fifteen overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 20
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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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