Team-by-Team 2013 Vegas NBA Summer League Primer
With the Orlando Summer League wrapping up, it's time to hit Vegas for another session of hoops.
The NBA now has 21 teams playing in Vegas Summer League. This has turned into a great opportunity for prospects to get noticed, but it's also a chance for general managers to fill their rosters without having to overspend.
I've listed every team's roster with breakdowns, along with the one player to watch out for.
*Players in bold currently under contract with respective team
2013 Atlanta Hawks Vegas Summer League Roster
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State, 6'4'', SG
Edward Daniel, Murray State, 6'7'', PF/C
Eric Dawson, Midwestern State, 6'9'', PF
Sergii Gladyr, Ukraine, 6'5'', G
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt, 6'4'', SG
Shelvin Mack, Butler, 6'3'', PG
Boban Marjanovic, Serbia, 7'3'', C
John Millsap, Texas San-Antonio, 6'6'', F
Mike Muscala, Bucknell, 6'11'', PF/C
Dennis Schroeder, Germany, 6'2'', PG
Mike Scott, Virginia, 6'8'', PF
Adonis Thomas, Memphis, 6'7'', SF
Kyle Weems, Missouri State, 6'6'', SG/SF
Player to Watch: Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder made draft waves and became one of the trendier prospects around. He's an absolute lightning rod off the dribble and does a real nice job converting pick-and-rolls into points.
We'll find out shortly what ends up happening with Jeff Teague and Brandon Jennings, but Schroeder certainly has a place somewhere in the NBA.
Though Dennis Schroeder is the player to watch, John Jenkins is the guy with the most pressure on him.
Atlanta's first-round pick in 2012, Jenkins saw limited time as a rookie. But with Atlanta's wing positions both lacking depth, Jenkins could see his role expand. Jenkins had a strong Summer League in 2012, so look for another solid showing this year.
Mike Muscala and Adonis Thomas are two more prospects hoping to stick. Muscala averaged nearly 19 points and 11 boards at Bucknell and could be a sleeper to contribute this year as a pick-and-pop machine.
2013 Charlotte Bobcats Vegas Summer League Roster
Nick Barbour, High Point, 6'3'', G
Bismack Biyombo, Congo, 6'9'', PF
Troy Daniels, VCU, 6'4'', SG
Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, 6'3'' SG
Patrick Ewing Jr., Georgetown, 6'8'', SF
Abdul Gaddy, Washington, 6'3'', PG
Solomon Jones, South Florida, 6'10'', PF
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky, 6'7'', SF
Rodney McGruder, Kansas State, 6'4'' SG
Henry Sims, Georgetown, 6'10'', PF/C
Jamie Skeen, VCU, 6'9'', PF
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt, 6'7'', SF
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, 6'3'', PG/SG
Deron Washington, Virginia Tech, 6'7'', SF
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Player to Watch: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Michaael Kidd-Gilchrist failed to live up to the No. 2 overall hype, though the situation he was put in was far from ideal. Kidd-Gilchrist struggles to create his own shot in the half court, and without many playmakers around him, his scoring opportunities were limited.
Eyes will be on Kidd-Gilchrist to see if he's added to his offensive repertoire.
Cody Zeller will make his pro debut after the Bobcats shocked the world by taking him No. 4 overall. Zeller has the size and talent, but many question how he'll do against stronger and more physical competition.
Jeffery Taylor and Bismack Biyombo will be hoping to play bigger roles this year in the rotation. Taylor, a strong defender and reliable spot-up shooter, and Biyombo, a raw talent with shot-blocking tools, are both part of Charlotte's short-term plans. But this season could decide whether they become expendable moving forward.
Look for sharp-shooting Troy Daniels and sturdy combo guard Brandon Triche to make an impact, though making the team's final roster could be a long shot.
Kidd-Gilchrist, Zeller and Biyombo will be the coaching staff's priorities this summer.
2013 Chicago Bulls Vegas Summer League Roster
Ryan Allen, Milwaukee, 6'3'', PG/SG
Charles Boozer, Iowa State, 6'3'', SG
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Washington 6'8'', PF
Kyle Gibson, Louisiana Tech, 6'5'', G
Andrew Goudelock, Charleston, 6'2'', SG
Matt Janning, Northeastern, 6'4'', SG
Erik Murphy, Florida, 6'10'', PF
Champ Oguchi, Illinois State, 6'6'', SF
Andy Rautins, Syracuse, 6'5'', SG
Tony Snell, New Mexico, 6'7'', SF
Marquis Teague, Kentucky, 6'2'', PG
Malcolm Thomas, San Diego State, 6'9'', PF
Deon Thompson, UNC, 6'9'', PF
Player to Watch: Tony Snell
The Bulls took Tony Snell in this year's first round with the hopes of him being ready to contribute right away. Chicago waived Rip Hamilton and slid Jimmy Butler to shooting guard. Snell will take Butler's role as that versatile wing off the bench who can shoot it and defend.
The Bulls will be looking for some progression in Marquis Teague's game if they truly plan on using him in big games this year.
Erik Murphy will also attract some attention thanks to three years at Florida over 40 percent from three. He projects as a stretch big who can come in right away and spread the floor for the Bulls.
If shooting is a priority, then expect Andy Rautins to generate some buzz. A former second-round pick of the Knicks, Rautins is a three-point specialist just waiting for his chance.
2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Vegas Summer League Roster
Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's, 6'3'', PG
Carrick Felix, Arizona State, 6'6'', SF
Justin Harper, Richmond, 6'10'', PF
Josh Heytvelt, Gonzaga, C, 6'11''
Cory Higgins, Colorado, 6'5'' SG
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, 6'8'', PF
Kenny Kadji, Miami, 6'10'', PF
Chris Quinn, Notre Dame, 6'2'' PG
Jermaine Taylor, Central Florida, 6'5'', SG
Dion Waiters, Syracuse, 6'4'', SG
Tyler Zeller, UNC, 6'11'', C
Player to Watch: Carrick Felix
We know what Dion Waiters can do. He's an NBA-level scorer who could probably drop 30 a game this summer if he really wanted to.
The guy to watch here is second-round pick Carrick Felix. Felix is a big-time athlete and was one of the top defenders at the college level. As a senior at Arizona State, Felix really rounded out his game. He's now a two-way wing who can knock down shots, attack the rim and finish above it.
Cleveland needs help on the wing, and Felix might be an under-the-radar option.
There won't be too many guards this summer capable of defending Dion Waiters. This would be a good chance for him to work on his playmaking skills as a combo guard instead of a scorer.
Tyler Zeller should also look to take advantage of his time in Vegas. Zeller struggled converting shots in the post as a rookie. Now is when Zeller should be aggressive and look to build his confidence on offense.
Matthew Dellavedova is also going to be tough to cut. One of the top facilitators in college hoops over the past few years, he's a true point guard with floor-general qualities but has athletic limitations that have clouded his pro outlook. Kevin Jones, undrafted in 2012, and Kenny Kadji, undrafted in 2013, are two big men that could also be fighting for a spot.
2013 Dallas Mavericks Vegas Summer League Roster
Josh Akognon, Cal State Fullerton, 5'11'', PG
Jae Crowder, Marquette, 6'5'', SF
Dewayne Dedmon, 7'0'', C, USC
Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech, 6'5'', SG
Bernard James, Florida State, 6'10'', PF/C
Shane Larkin, Miami, 5'11'', PG
Ricky Ledo, Provdence, 6'6'', SG
Gal Mekel, Wichita State, 6'3'', PG
Hamady N'Diaye, Rutgers, 7'0'', C
Alexandre Paranhos, Brazil, 6'8'', PF
D.J. Stephens, Memphis, 6'5'', F
Christian Watford, Indiana, 6'8'', SF
Terrico White, Ole Miss, 6'5'', G
Player to Watch: Shane Larkin
Though Dallas recently signed Jose Calderon, expect rookie Shane Larkin to be in Dallas' short-term plans. Larkin was spectacular this past season at Miami, crushing defenses with the pick-and-roll while improving as a shooter.
I'm not sure Larkin is the future of the Mavericks, but he projects as a valuable offensive piece who can make plays as a spark off the bench.
Jae Crowder will be the centerpiece of this Summer League group, but Larkin and Ricky Ledo will be the guys coaches are most focused on. Ledo is a longer-term prospect with a high ceiling for a second-rounder. He's a big-time scorer with a splash of Lance Stephenson and Jamal Crawford mixed into his game.
D.J. Stephens is a guy making noise in the Orlando league. He recorded an unprecedented 46'' vertical leap during pre-draft workouts, and teams could be interested in his absurd athletic capability.
Gal Mekel is a former point guard from Wichita State who has generated NBA interest playing in Israel the past few years. Mekel is a guy that Dallas specifically sought out and brought in to play this summer.
Other college standouts on the roster include stretch-wing Christan Watford and big man Dwayne Dedmon.
2013 Denver Nuggets Vegas Summer League Roster
Preston Adams, Webber, 6'0'', G
O.D. Onosike, Siena, 6'8'', PF
Joel Barkers, Central Missouri, 6'6'', F
Kyle Barone, Idaho, 6'10'', C
Evan Fournier, France, 6'7'', SG
Ramon Galloway, LaSalle, 6'3'', SG
Erick Green, Virginia Tech, 6'3'', PG/SG
Jordan Hamilton, Texas, 6'8'', SF
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, 6'10'', PF
C.J. Harris, Wake Forest, 6'3'', G
Richard Howell, NC State, 6'8'', PF
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, 6'2'', SG
Quincy Miller, Baylor, 6'9'', SF
Travis Releford, Kansas, 6'6'', SF
Chase Stanbeck, UNLV, 6'8'', SF
Ben Uzoh, Tulsa, 6'3'', PG
Player to Watch: Evan Fournier
After letting Andre Iguodala go in free agency, Evan Fournier might see a bigger role in the Nuggets rotation. Fournier showed off the skills in limited stretches as a rookie. He's an offensive-oriented playmaker who can handle the ball and create off the bounce, whether it's for him or a teammate.
For the Nuggets to remain a top team, someone is going to have to step up and replace Iguodala's production. Now with a year under his belt playing the American game, Fournier could emerge as one of the more important players in the West.
Fournier and Erick Green could be a fun duo to watch in Vegas. Green, who led the country in scoring at Virginia Tech, has the ability to heat up and take over games.
Denver also has O.D. Onosike, who actually led the country in rebounding at Sienna.
Denver has a number of really good college basketball players on its Summer League roster. Ramon Galloway played a big role in LaSalle's NCAA tournament run, Travis Releford was a key for a successful Kansas squad and Richard Howell was one of the more consistent forces in the ACC.
With Jordan Hamilton and Quincy Miller, Denver has some serious talent to work with.
Golden State Warriors
2013 Golden State Warriors Vegas Summer League Roster
Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion, 6'5'', SG
Ian Clark, Belmont, 6'3'', SG
D.J. Cooper, Ohio, 6'0'', PG
Dwayne Davis, Southern Miss, 6'5'', SF
Michael Eric, Temple, 6'10'', PF
Lance Goulbourne, Vanderbilt, 6'8'', PF
Draymond Green, Michigan State, 6'6'', SF
Scott Machado, Iono, 6'1'' PG
Gary McGhee, Pittsburgh, 6'11'', C
Nemanja Nedovic, Serbia, 6'3'', PG/SG
Warren Niles, Oral Robert, 6'5'', SG
Craig Smith, Boston College, 6'7'', F
James Southerland, Syracuse, 6'8'', SF
Kwame Vaughn, Cal State Fullerton, 6'3'', G
Mouphtaou Yarou, Villanova, 6'9'', PF
Alex Young, IUPUI, 6'6'', SG
Players to Watch: Scott Machado and Nemanja Nedovic
You can't use one name and not the other in this case. Machado, who went undrafted in 2012, and Nedovic, who the Warriors traded for in the first round this year, will be competing against each other for minutes.
These guys are actually polar opposites. Machado is the slow, methodical point guard with great vision. Nedovic is the super athlete who lacks a true point guard's mentality.
The better man this summer might get early minutes this fall.
Draymond Green and Kent Bazemore will play the roles of veterans after getting legitimate minutes in the regular and postseason.
Unfortunately for the rest of the guys, Golden State's roster is awfully full. It just added Toney Douglas and Nedovic to replace Jarrett Jack, and added Marreese Speights and Jermaine O'Neal up front.
James Southerland and Ian Clark are two long-range specialists if the Warriors are looking for shooting. Otherwise, space is pretty tight in that Golden State locker room.
Los Angeles Clippers
2013 Los Angeles Clippers Vegas Summer League Roster
Reggie Bullock, UNC, 6'7'', SF
Brandon Davies, BYU, 6'9'', PF
Jonny Flynn, Syracuse, 6'0'', PG
JaMychal Green, Alabama, 6'8'', PF
Elijah Johnson, Kansas, 6'3'', PG/SG
JuJuan Johnson, Purdue, 6'9'', PF
Derrick Low, Washington State, 6'2'' PG
Vernon Macklin, Florida, 6'9'', PF
Jerome Randle, Cal, 5'10'', PG
Samardo Samuels, Louisville, 6'10'', PF
DaJuan Summers, Georgetown, 6'8'', SF
Maalik Wayns, Villanova, 6'1'', PG
Scott Wood, NC State, 6'6'', SF
Player to Watch: Reggie Bullock
The Clippers took Reggie Bullock in this year's first round with the hopes that he could be an immediate contributer. Bullock shot nearly 44 percent from downtown this past year at North Carolina, and projects as a stretch wing who can spread the floor and defend the perimeter.
We saw the importance of surrounding ball-dominant scorers with shooters during the 2013 playoffs. Bullock could be a guy the Clippers count on next postseason.
After bringing in Darren Collison, J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, there aren't too many open spots on the Clippers roster.
But watch out for former BYU star Brandon Davies. If the Clippers did have a need, it would be frontcourt depth. And Davies has shown he's an active interior big man who can score and scrub the glass.
JaJuan Johnson is another name the Clippers might consider if he impresses, while former lottery pick Jonny Flynn will be on the roster after he finishes his time in the Orlando Summer League with Indiana.
Overall, Bullock appears to be the guy to watch here, but don't be surprised to see Davies put up some impressive numbers.
Los Angeles Lakers
2013 Los Angeles Lakers Vegas Summer League Roster
Robert Sacre, Gonzaga, 7'0'', C
Ryan Kelly, Duke, 6'11'', PF
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis, 6'5'', SF
Josh Selby, Kansas, 6'3'', SG
Lazar Hayward, Marquette, 6'7'', SF
Marcus Landry, Wisconsin, 6'7'', SF
Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin, 6'3'', G
Jordan Williams, Maryland, 6'10'', PF
D.J. Seeley, Cal State Fullerton, 6'4'', G
Drew Viney, LMU, 6'8'', F
Renaldo Woolridge, USC, 6'9'', F
Souleyman Diabate, Ivory Coast, 6'0'', PG
Elias Harris, Gonzaga, 6'8'', SF
Ian Hummer, Princeton 6'7'', F
Michael Snaer, Florida State
Mitchell Watt, Buffalo, 6'8'', PF
Player to Watch: Elias Harris, Gonzaga
Elias Harris was an impact player all four years at Gonzaga. At 6'8'', Harris was always one of the more versatile forwards on the floor, given his size and ability to play face-up basketball.
Many have been split on Harris' pro potential, so it will be interesting to see how he pans out. Most of the other prospects on the team have been around but failed to make a serious impression.
Outside of Harris, look out for Michael Snaer, a four-year college producer who did his damage in the ACC. Snaer is an excellent defender and knock-down shooter, and he'll be auditioning for a role as a "Three and D" reserve.
The Lakers also have Josh Selby, a former top recruit who's torn up Summer League games in the past. However, Selby has never stuck with anyone, including Kansas, after he declared following his freshman year.
Robert Sacre will be making a pitch this summer for more regular-season minutes. Marcus Landry, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Lazar Hayward will also be looking for a spot after playing in the D-League for most of the past few seasons.
Second-round pick Ryan Kelly will miss Summer League with an injury.
2013 Memphis Grizzlies Vegas Summer League Roster
Vander Blue, Marquette, 6'5'', SG
Laurence Bowers, Missouri, 6'8'', PF
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, 6'9'', PF
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State, 6'5'', SF
Donte Green, Syracuse, 6'11'', SF
Darington Hobson, New Mexico, 6'7'', SF
Matt Howard, Butler, 6'8'', PF
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin, 6'10'', C
Willie Reed, Saint Louis, 6'10'', PF
Gerald Robinson, Georgia, 6'1'', G
Janis Timma, 6'7'', SF
Tony Wroten, Washington, 6'6'', G
Player to Watch: Jamaal Franklin
It was fairly surprising to see Jamaal Franklin slip down to the second round in the 2013 draft. The only player in college to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals, Franklin is an incredibly versatile athlete. His strengths should fit right in with Memphis' identity, especially considering its need for help at the off-guard position.
Look for Franklin to make a case for a spot in the Grizzlies' 2013-14 rotation.
The Grizzlies have few intriguing names on the Summer League roster, though fans should be familiar with Tony Wroten. An explosive athlete who lacks a true position, Wroten will be trying to work his way into the rotation in 2013.
Jack Cooley might be a name to keep an eye on. He'll be auditioning for a rebounding-specialist position, an area of the game the Grizzlies excel in.
Also look out for Vander Blue. I thought with another year at Marquette, Blue had the chance to be a first-round pick in 2014. He's an excellent athlete and defender, but he must work on that jumper to become a bigger offensive threat.
2013 Miami Heat Vegas Summer League Roster
Dwight Buycks, Marquette, 6'3'', PG
Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State, 6'9'', PF
Vincent Council, Providence, 6'2'', PG
LaRon Dendy, Middle Tennessee State, 6'8'', F
Larry Drew, UCLA, 6'2'', PG
Michael Dunigan, Oregon, 6'10'', PF/C
James Ennis, Long Beach State, 6'7'', SF
J.R. Giddens, New Mexico, 6'5'', SG
Eric Griffin, Campbell, 6'8'', F
Jamelle Hagins, Delaware, 6'9'', PF
Scotty Hopson, Tennessee, 6'7', SF
Damion James, Texas, 6'7'', SF
Myck Kabongo, Texas, 6'2'', PG
D.J. Kennedy, St. Johns, 6'6'', SF
Travis Leslie, Georgia, 6'4'', SG
Anthony Marshall, UNLV, 6'3'', PG/SG
James Nunnally, Santa Barbara, 6'7'', F
Ricky Sanchez, Puerto Rico, 6'11'', F
Tony Taylor, George Washington, 6'0'', PG
Jarvis Varnardo, Mississippi State, 6'9'', PF
Player to Watch: Myck Kabongo
Myck Kabongo was quickly snatched up by the Heat after going undrafted in June. A former highly touted recruit who had his troubles with Texas on and off the court, Kabongo will have his chance to prove that teams missed the boat.
Miami has a number of college standouts on its summer roster, most notably Big West Player of the Year James Ennis, who was selected at No. 50 this year before being dealt to Miami.
Ennis is a high-flying athlete with a developing jumper and NBA-caliber physical tools.
Jackie Carmichael should do some damage as well. At 6'9'' and 240 pounds of muscle, Carmichael is a beast down low who dishes out contact.
Travis Leslie was a D-League All-Star. He's another one of those above-the-rim athletes with jaw-dropping natural ability. Leslie just has to work on putting it to use.
Given the Heat's roster, most of these guys are probably auditioning for other teams in Vegas.
2013 Milwaukee Bucks Vegas Summer League Roster
Gustavo Ayón, Mexico, 6'10'', PF
Jaka Blazic, Slovenia, 6'5'', G
Mike Bruesewitz, Wisconsin, 6'6'', SF
Junior Cadougan, Marquette, 6'1'', PG
Clint Chapman, Texas, 6'10'', PF/C
Chris Daniels, USA, 6'7'', F
Kenny Frease, Xavier, 6'10'', C
John Henson, UNC, 6'11'', PF
Dominique Jones, South Florida, 6'4'', SG
Andreja Milutinovic, Serbia, 6'7'', F
Demetris Nichols, Syracuse, 6'7'', SF
Steven Pledger, Oklahoma, 6'4'', SG
John Shurna, Northwestern, 6'9'', SG
Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois, 6'7'' SF
DeShawn Sims, Michigan, 6'8'', PF
Ish Smith, Wake Forest, 6'0'', PG
Scott Suggs, Washington, 6'6'', SG
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6'4'', PG
Player to Watch: Nate Wolters
Whether you're a Bucks fan or not, Nate Wolters is a player to watch—he dazzles with the ball. Wolters scored 53 points in a game earlier this year, but remains a point guard at heart who just has a knack for creating off the dribble.
Wolters is the type of guy who could spend the next 12 years backing up starting point guards.
Wolters is a big-time talent guaranteed to generate Vegas buzz, but John Henson is also a guy capable of breaking out.
Henson had monster games for the Bucks last season, both as a scorer and rebounder. I'm expecting big things from Henson in the summer, fall and winter.
Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith have been around for a while now, so don't be surprised if they see limited summer action.
Both Demetris Nichols and Xavier Silas have been trying to crack an NBA roster for years, but haven't had much luck. I'm not sure I'd expect that to change in 2013.
Overall, Wolters and Henson are the names to keep an eye on. Both have bright futures with the team.
2013 Minnesota Timberwolves Vegas Summer League Roster
Marqus Blakely, Vermont, 6'5'', SF
Lorenzo Brown, NC State, 6'5'', PG
Kee-Kee Clark, Saint Peter's, 5'11'', PG
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6'11'', C
John Holland, Boston, 6'5'', SF
Robbie Hummel, Purdue, 6'8'', PF
Othyus Jeffers, Robert Morris, 6'5'', SG
Chris Johnson, LSU, 6'11'', C
Phil Jones, Charlotte, 6'10'', C
Solomon Jones, South Florida, 6'10'', PF
Demetri McCamey, Illinois, 6'3'', PG
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 6'6'', SF
Brandon Paul, Illinois, 6'4'', SG
Luke Sikma, Portland, 6'8'', SF
Mychel Thompson, Pepperdine, 6'7'', SF
Player to Watch: Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad was one of the more compelling draft picks of 2013. The consensus top-two recruit in the country put points on the board at UCLA, yet his stock continued to fall. Now we'll get to see whether Muhammad's production has been a result of inferior competition, or if he's really got the game to make some noise at the NBA level.
If his game translates, he could be just what Minnesota needs—an athletic, scoring wing.
Lorenzo Brown, a 2013 second-round pick, should get the chance to turn some heads in Vegas. He has the size and athleticism, along with a very creative handle.
Gorgui Dieng will also suit up for the Wolves fresh off his national championship with Louisville. Dieng could be an immediate backup for Nikola Pekovic inside, assuming they re-sign him this offseason.
Brandon Paul should also get a hard look. He averaged 16.6 a game in the Big 10, and given Minnesota's need for scoring wings, Paul should at least get consideration.
The last name to watch for is Robbie Hummel, a Purdue legend who tore his ACL twice in college. Still, teams covet his toughness, motor and intangibles.
New Orleans Pelicans
2013 New Orleans Pelicans Vegas Summer League Roster
Darius Miller, F, 6'8", 235, Kentucky
Will Cherry, G, 6'1", 181, Montana
Tamir Jackson, G, 6'2", 190, Rice
Max Kouguere, F, 6'6", 270, Central African Republic
Brian Roberts, G, 6'1", 180, Dayton
Austin Rivers, G, 6'4", 200, Duke
Josh Owens, F, 6'8", 240, Stanford
Elston Turner, Jr., G, 6'5", 209,Texas A&M
Jon Brockman, F, 6'8", 255, Washington
Lance Thomas, F, 6'8", 225, Duke
D'or Fischer, F/C, 6'10", 255, West Virginia
Cameron Moore, F/C, 6'10", 220, Alabama-Birmingham
Mindaugas Kupsas, C, 7'1", 265, Lithuania
Player to Watch: Austin Rivers
I'd say this is an important Summer League session for Austin Rivers. After a disastrous rookie season, you have to wonder how long his leash will be in Year 2. If he struggles this summer, he could quickly fall out of favor in New Orleans, especially after the team added Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Morrow and Pierre Jackson this offseason.
There aren't too many big names on the Summer League roster; the Pelicans will be more focused on developing some of their returning players than finding new ones.
Brian Roberts is your headliner here—the hard-nosed guard out of Dayton who gave the team some valuable minutes last season.
Darius Miller, a second-round pick in 2012, is another guy whose toughness and shot-making skills could be thrown into the back of the rotation.
But the big story is still Rivers, who really has to show coaches what he can offer.
New York Knicks
2013 New York Knicks Vegas Summer League Roster
J'Covan Brown, Texas, 6'1'', SG
Justin Brownlee, St. Johns, 6'7'', SF
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michgan, 6'6'', SG
Terrence Jennings, Louisville, 6'10'', PF
Jerome Jordan, Tulsa, 7'0'', C
C.J. Leslie, NC State, 6'9'', PF
A.J. Matthews, Farmingdale State, 7'0'', PF/C
Tony Mitchell, Alabama, 6'7'', SF
Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech, 6'5'', SG
Chris Smith, Louisville, 6'2'', SG
Jeremy Tyler, USA, 6'10'', C
Eloy Vargas, 6'11'', F
Player to Watch: C.J. Leslie
The Knicks were quick to hand C.J. Leslie a guaranteed two-year deal after he was passed on 60 times in the 2013 draft. Despite all the flaws and questions, it's tough to ignore New York's lack of above-the-rim athleticism up front.
Based on the Knicks' needs and Leslie's strengths, we could be looking at a guy who's getting minutes early in the season.
Last year, it was Chris Copeland who emerged for the Knicks during Summer League. Within months, he was getting big minutes in the Eastern Conference semis. New York has holes in the roster and lacks the cap space to fill them, so coaches will be looking especially closely at this Summer League team.
First-round pick Tim Hardaway Jr. will certainly get looks by a team searching for offensive weapons. While Jeremy Tyler is an interesting name to keep an eye on, as the Knicks are still searching for a backup center.
Don't expect Iman Shumpert to go too hard, if at all, during the Summer League. Ultimately, it will be Leslie and Hardaway Jr. who fans should be watching closely, because that's exactly who the coaches will be picking apart.
2013 Phoenix Suns Vegas Summer League Roster
Thomas Abercrombie, Washington State, 6'6'', G
Chris Babb, Iowa State, 6'5'', SG
Dionte Christmas, Temple, 6'5'', SG
Jake Cohen, Davidson, 6'10'', PF
Diante Garrett, Iowa State, 6'4'', G
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky, 6'5'', SG
Kendall Marshall, UNC, 6'4'', PG
Marcus Morris, Kansas, 6'8'', SF
Markieff Morris, Kansas, 6'9'', PF
Arinze Onuaku, Syracuse, 6'10'', C
Alex Oriakhi, Missouri, 6'9", PF
P.J. Tucker, Texas, 6'6'', SF
Players to Watch: Archie Goodwin and Kendall Marshall
Despite being taken No. 13 in the 2012 draft, Kendall Marshall has seen the Suns sign Goran Dragic and trade for Eric Bledsoe. Marshall might be auditioning for more teams than just Phoenix in Vegas.
Meanwhile, the Suns also traded for Archie Goodwin on draft night. Goodwin has serious long-term potential, so it will be interesting to see how the Suns handle him in the short-term.
Unfortunately for fans, Alex Len won't be ready to go this summer.
Phoenix's summer league team has a number of players who saw NBA action last season. Both Markieff and Marcus Morris, along with P.J. Tucker, are guys who should really take control in Vegas given their experience.
Diante Garrett and Dionte Christmas have been around the block without much to show for it.
Most eyes will ultimately be focused on Goodwin, Marshall and the Morris twins this summer.
Portland Trail Blazers
2013 Portland Trail Blazers Vegas Summer League Roster
Victor Claver, 6'7'', SF
Allen Crabbe, California, 6'6'', SF
Olek Czyz, Nevada, 6'8'', PF
Joel Freeland, Spain, 6'10'', PF
Cedrick Jackson, Cleveland State, 6'3'' G
Dallas Lauderdale, Ohio State, 6'9'', PF/C
Meyers Leonard, Illinois, 7'1'', C
Damian Lillard, Weber State, 6'3'', PG
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6'3'', PG/SG
Dexter Strickland, UNC, 6'1'', PG
Thomas Robinson, Kansas, 6'8'', PF
Player to Watch: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6'3'', PG/SG
Given Portland's current roster, C.J. McCollum appears to have a substantial role waiting for him in the near future. McCollum projects as a scoring combo guard who can generate offense off the bench and handle the ball in a secondary role.
He averaged at least 19 points per game in four seasons at Lehigh. Vegas will be a good step up in competition.
Other than McCollum, rookie Allen Crabbe should have the attention of Portland coaches. He was an 18 PPG scorer at California and the first pick in this year's second round.
Meyers Leonard and Will Barton should feel like seasoned veterans entering year No. 2, but both will have plenty to play for in Vegas, as Robin Lopez and Crabbe will be fighting for minutes at the wing and center positions as well.
Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 pick in 2012, will also be in consideration for coach Terry Stotts' rotation.
Portland will be counting on all four of these guys at some point in the season if it wants to crack that top eight in the West.
2013 Sacramento Kings Vegas Summer League Roster
C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's, 6'9'', SF
Will Clyburn, Iowa State, 6'7'', SF
Chris Evans, Kent State, 6'8'', F
Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart, 6'2'', G
Xavier Gibson, Florida State, 6'11'', PF/C
Drew Gordon, New Mexico, 6'9'', PF
Jorge Gutierrez, California, 6'3'', PG
David Lighty, Ohio State, 6'5'', SF
Trent Lockett, Marquette, 6'5'', SG
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota, 6'8'', PF
Ray McCallum, Detroit, 6'2'', PG
Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6'5'', SG
Nick Minnerath, Detroit, 6'9'', F
Kyle Randall, Central Michigan, 5'10'', PG
Garrett Stutz, Wichita State, 7'0'', C
Player to Watch: Ben McLemore
The Kings might have gotten a steal in the draft at No. 7 in Ben McLemore, an electric athlete with a picturesque jumper. McLemore can pick up buckets with ease, whether it's 27 feet from the rim or two feet above it.
He's got work to do creating his own offense, but that will come with time. McLemore should use the summer to build his confidence as a scorer. McLemore right now projects as the Kings' starting shooting guard on opening night.
Ray McCallum is another guy who can make an impact as a rookie. He's a true point guard, and with a strong summer, McCallum could emerge as a regular contributor.
Trevor Mbkawe has NBA-level tools, given his post game, strength and absurd 7'4'' wingspan. David Lighty had a long career at Ohio State as an energy guy and shooter, while Will Clyburn turned some heads in 2013 thanks to his athleticism and scoring instincts for a wing.
C.J. Aiken could be an interesting name as well. A high-flying, 6'9" athlete and one of the most productive college shot-blockers at Saint Joseph's, Aiken's motor and physical tools might be appealing in a limited role.
San Antonio Spurs
2013 San Antonio Spurs Vegas Summer League Roster
Aron Baynes, Washington State, 6'10'', C
Tyler Brown, Illinois State, 6'4'', SG
Nando De Colo, France, 6'5'', SG
Marcus Denmon, Missouri, 6'1'', PG
Cory Joseph, Texas, 6'3'', PG
Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma, 6'9'', SF
James Mayes, Clemson, 6'9'', PF
Dexter Pittman, Texas, 6'11'', C
Ryan Richards, England, 6'11'', PF
Durand Scott, Miami, 6'5'', SG
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6'7'', SF
Hollis Thompson, Georgetown, 6'8'' SF
Alexis Wangmene, Cameroon, 6'7'', PF
Chris Wright, Georgetown, 6'1'', PG
Player to Watch: Deshaun Thomas
Despite his scoring production in the toughest conference in America, Thomas slipped to the bottom of the second round. Many question whether that scoring can translate, given his lack of NBA athleticism and ball-dominant mentality.
But if we're just talking eye test, Thomas passes. He's got incredible offensive instincts and the ability to put points on the boards in bunches. It will be interesting to see how he fares against Summer League competition.
Cory Joseph appears to be the veteran of the squad and someone who coach Greg Popovich has trusted for defense and shot-making.
Names that might not be so familiar include silky smooth small forward Amath M'Baye, three-point specialist Hollis Thompson and scoring combo guard Durand Scott—three college standouts who went undrafted over the past two years.
Expect Nando De Colo to find his way back into San Antonio's rotation, but don't expect to find any other hidden gems here. De Colo, Joseph and Thomas are the guys to watch.
2013 Toronto Raptors Vegas Summer League Roster
Quincy Acy, Baylor, 6'9'', PF
Alade Aminu, Georgia Tech, 6'10'', PF
Micah Downs, Gonzaga, 6'8'', SF
Greg Echenique, Creighton, 6'8'', PF
Ricky Harris, Massachusetts, 6'2'', G
Devoe Joseph, Oregon, 6'4'', SG
Coby Karl, Boise State, 6'5'', PG/SG
Mark Lyons, Arizona, 6'1'', PG
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota, 6'8'', PF
Tywain McKee, Coppin State, 6'2'', G
Terrence Ross, Washington, 6'6'', SG
Julyan Stone, UTEP, 6'7'', PG
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin, 6'1'', PG
Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania, 6'11'', C
Chris Wright, Dayton, 6'8'', SF
Player to Watch: Terrence Ross
The No. 8 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Terrence Ross didn't get an opportunity to put up consistent results. A strong showing in Vegas might help persuade Toronto's coaching staff to reevaluate.
Ross is one of those streaky shooters who can really light it up or stink it up. But at 6'6'' with crazy athleticism, he's got defensive tools and above-the-rim finishing ability. Jonas Valanciunas might be the top player on the Vegas roster, but Terrence Ross is the player to watch.
Valanciunas really came on strong toward the end of the year. He's got a really complete post game as a back-to-the-rim or face-up scoring threat.
Valanciunas should have his way with most teams in Vegas.
Julyan Stone is a long, sizable point guard who the Raptors just recently signed. Stone has two-way tools and should be a guy who gets heavy burn on the Vegas courts.
It appears that Trevor Mbakwe might be suiting up for both Sacramento and Toronto in Vegas. Mbakwe and Quincy Acy should be an interesting interior tandem. Their man strength is what drives their production.
Toronto has some nice players on this roster, but it's Ross and Valanciunas who really need to break out.
2013 Washington Wizards Vegas Summer League Roster
Devin Booker, Clemson, 6'8'', PF
Josh Boone, Connecticut, 6'10'', PF
Kevin Dillard, Dayton, 6'0'', PG
Sundiata Gaines, Georgia, 6'1'', G
Frank Hassell, Old Dominion, 6'8'', PF
Dennis Horner, NC State, 6'9'', F
Lorne Jackson, Pepperdine, 6'2'', SG
Andrew Lawrence, Charleston, 6'2'', G
Otto Porter, Georgetown, 6'8'', SG
Glen Rice Jr., Georgia Tech, 6'5'', SG/SF
Chris Singleton, Florida State, 6'9'', SF
Maurice Sutton, Villanova, 6'11'', PF
Ryan Thompson, Rider, 6'6'', SF
Jan Vesely, Serbia, 6'11'', SF
Player to Watch: Otto Porter
Washington took Otto Porter No. 3 overall, and for good reason. The reigning Big East Player of the Year is one of the more NBA-ready rookies in the class and should give the Wizards an immediate offensive boost.
Look for Porter to contribute right away in the Summer League and, ultimately, the NBA.
Maybe this is the year that it finally clicks for Jan Vesely, who the Wizards took just a few years ago with a top-10 selection. Vesely has struggled to find his role and is likely living his last life in Washington if he's unable to finally produce.
Chris Singleton should also be looking to take that next step. But the other big name to watch is Glen Rice Jr., who won a D-League championship last year after averaging 18 points a game in 25 starts. He's put in work against former lottery picks and NBA players, so this Summer League competition won't be anything new.
A strong summer for Rice Jr. could land him in Washington's rotation as early as this fall.