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I was pretty disappointed just about every summer league, especially my first year. My first year out of college, I got invited by like 13 different teams to come to pre-draft camp.
Draft night, we're sitting on the phone with the Raptors. And basically there were two guys, and if they were gone already by the time they got to their picks, I was probably gonna be their pick.
One was the Nets with Chris Douglas-Roberts. If Chris Douglas-Roberts was not available, there's a good chance they would've taken me.
And the next one, with a second-round pick, I think it was the Raptors. There was a player named Nathan Jawai that I actually played against last year with Barcelona. And if he would not have been on the draft board, there's a very good chance they would have taken me.
Now I'm not saying I'm positive they would have taken me, but they were on the phone with my agents, and this was kind of the conversation that was going on.
That summer league, I had spent it in Orlando with the New Jersey Nets. And they had me playing point guard. I had never played point guard at anything past probably my junior year of high school. And frankly, I did a great job.
I averaged 15 points a game. I was solid on defense. I got a breakaway dunk that everyone was surprised about because of the "look test." No one thought I could dunk like that. My agent's like, "Ah, my phones are blowing up from everybody. No one knew you could jump like that."
That kind of stuff.
And for the Orlando Summer League, I made the second-team All-Tournament. This was behind Michael Beasley, Mario Chalmers, these guys, these players. And to be honest, I was thinking, "Well, it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen."
On my team, I had Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ryan Anderson for the Nets. They were rookies. And Brook Lopez.
We're having these conversations, and I'm saying, "I hope things work out." They're saying, 'Man, you just scored 20 points in your first summer league. Obviously, someone's gonna pick you." Stuff like this.
Then I went with the Raptors at the Vegas Summer League. And I was just OK. I had a couple games where I scored 10 or 12 points in about 10 minutes.
Then I went back to the Rocky Mountain Review with the Nets again. Again, I was a point guard, and my first game against the Jazz actually, I scored 20-something.
After that game, I was getting excited and dumb and stuff. And I'm telling my agent, "If anyone calls, just tell them yes, I'll take it."
But that offer, it never came. I never got offered. I had some interest to go to vet camp and try my luck. Had things been a little different in my personal life, had I been single, my wife wasn't pregnant, maybe I would've tried to take a little more of a risk. But in that same time, I had a pretty nice offer to go to Italy and play, and I took it.