2013 Vegas Summer League Prospects to Watch

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With one exciting Summer League in Orlando down, another one wraps up this week in Las Vegas. With 22 teams participating, here are some players from team to team that I've been keeping a close eye on.

Atlanta Hawks

John Jenkins, SG (6'4, 215), Hawks – A good scorer off the bench who averaged 6 points per game in 61 appearances this past season for the Hawks

Shelvin Mack, G (6'3, 210), Hawks – Played with the Wizards, 76ers, and Hawks for a total of 31 games in his second NBA season in '12

Dennis Schröder, G (6'1, 168), Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany) – A good scorer who can also play defense. The question is whether or not he is NBA ready and his summer league play should show us

Charlotte Bobcats

Bismack Biyombo, F-C (6'9, 245), Bobcats – FG% and PPG dropped off in 2nd NBA season but he can still rebound and block shots

Jerome Dyson, G (6'9, 180) – Hapoel Holon (Israel) – Played in 9 games with the Hornets in 2012 averaging over 7 points per. Was a big time scorer in college at Uconn, now looking for another shot at the NBA after finishing last season overseas

Patrick Ewing Jr, F (6'8, 235), CB Valladolid (Spain) – Yes, the son of NBA legend Patrick Ewing Sr. Unlike his father, he's struggled to find a home in the NBA. Only NBA experience is when he played in 7 games for the Hornets in 2011. At 29 years old, this summer could be Ewing Jr's last shot at an NBA career

Abdul Gaddy, G (6'3, 195), Washington – Averaged 11 points and 5 assists as a senior at UW

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F (6'7, 232), Bobcats – The 2nd overall pick of 2012's draft averaged just 9 points per game through 77 starts

Rodney McGruder, G/F (6'4, 205), Kansas State – Solid player at Kansas State during his 4 years there. Finished #2 in career offensive rebounds in the Big 12 with 254. Looking forward to what this kid can do because I believe he has future in the NBA

Jeff Taylor, F (6'7, 225), Bobcats – 2nd round pick from 2012 who played significant minutes for the Bobcats his rookie season

Brandon Triche, G (6'4, 210), Syracuse – Undrafted in this past draft but has tremendous upside. A 4-year starter at 'Cuse averaged over 10 points per game for his career. I think he can make this Bobcats final roster

Deron Washington, F (6'8, 210), Berak Netanya (Israel) – Fantastic defensive player throughout his 4 years at Virginia Tech. Was the 59th overall pick to the Pistons of the 2008 NBA draft. That didn't pan out and he ended up in the D-League for a few seasons before ending up in Israel last year

Cody Zeller, F/C (7'0, 240), Indiana – Good shooter who averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds as a senior on a good Indiana team. The Bobcats drafted him with the #4 pick of the '13 draft

Chicago Bulls

Charles Boozer, G (6'3, 205), Iowa State – The brother of Bulls F Carlos Boozer doesn't have nearly the talent Carlos does, but could impress some international scouts with a good showing

Matthew Bryan-Amaning, PF (6'9, 240), KK Radnički Kragujevas (Serbia) – Great rebounder at Washington but shooting skills weren't sharp enough to land an NBA spot

Andy Rautins, G (6'4, 190), Tulsa 66ers (D-League) – Had a brief stint with the Knicks. 3 point shapshooter at Syracuse

Tony Snell, G/F (6'7, 230), New Mexico – The 20th pick of the 2013 NBA draft was a good all-around player at NM

Cleveland Cavaliers

Justin Harper, F (6'10, 225), Idaho Stampede (D-League) – 14 appearances for the Magic in 2012. Not many guys with his size that shoot the 3 as good as he can

Cory Higgins, G (6'1, 181), Erie Bayhawks (D-League) – Versatile guard who played in 44 games over the past 2 seasons with the Bobcats. Ended last year in the D-League

Kevin Jones, F (6'8, 250), Cavaliers – Appeared in 32 games this past season. Decent size, and good kid who can provide quality minutes

Kenny Kadji, F/C (6'10, 242), Miami (Fl) – Can rebound, shoot the 3, and play defense. Would be surprised if he doesn't at least play 2013 in the D-League

Jermaine Taylor, SG (6'5, 205), Maine Red Claws (D-League) – Former Rocket and King has bounced around the globe the past few years. At 26, attempting comeback to the NBA

Dion Waiters, G/F (6'4, 215), Cavaliers – Terrific rookie season last year averaging nearly 15 points a game

Tyler Zeller, C (7'0, 250), North Carolina – 6 boards and 8 point per game in 77 games last year as a rookie

Dallas Mavericks

Jae Crowder, SF (6'6, 235), Mavericks – Provided high-energy and athleticism off the bench for Dallas as a rookie last year

Shane Larkin, G (5'11, 176), Miami (Fl) – Mavericks 18th overall pick averaged 15 points per game as just a sophomore last year at Miami. Anything near those numbers and Mark Cuban will be happy

Ricky Ledo, G/F (6'7, 195), Providence – Never actually played an NCAA game at Providence due to eligiblity issues but from what I've heard, kid has some real talent. Curious to see how he performs in Las Vegas

Hamady N'Diaye, C (7'0, 235), Tianjin Ronggang (China) – 19 games over 2 seasons with the Wizards a few years back. Has the size to still be a big man to come off the bench and rebound

Christian Watford, F (6'9, 232), Indiana – Big man who could see time in the NBA eventually, but not this season

Denver Nuggets

Joel Barkers, SF (6'6, 225), London Lions (United Kingdom) – Got to see this kid play at the University of Hartford. Big kid who can rebound. At 26, the NBA is a long shot at this point but with a good summer, could end up in the D-League

Luke Harangody, F (6'8, 240), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) – 70 career games with the Celtics and Cavaliers. Recently in the D-League. I think he still has a place in the NBA

Jordan Hamilton, F (6'7, 220), Nuggets – Spent the past 2 seasons in Denver. Can shoot the 3 ball fairly well

Darius Johnson-Odom, SG (6'2, 215), Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia) – 4 Career NBA appearances with the Lakers this past season. Averaged 10 points per game for the Boston Celtics in the Orlando summer league where he looked sharp

Quincy Miller, F (6'9, 210), Nuggets – I was a huge fan of Miller in High School and at Baylor. Still needs some work before he's an everyday NBA man

Ben Uzoh, PG (6'3, 205), Springfield Armor (D-League) – Played for the Nets, Cavaliers, and Raptors over a short NBA career. I see him back in the D-League or overseas in 2013

Golden State Warriors

DJ Cooper, SG (6'0, 176), Ohio – Was exciting player who was heart and sole of an Ohio team. Long shot to make team but possible D-League player. Played for Philly 76ers summer league team in Orlando

Draymond Green, F (6'7, 230), Warriors – Played in 79 games as rookie. Didn't provide much

Scott Machado, G (6'1, 205), Warriors – Only played in 5 games as a rookie. Was a brilliant scorer in college at Iona

Gary McGhee, C (6'11, 250), Medi Bayreuth (Germany) – Wasn't a scorer but was a rebounder in college at Pittsburgh. Not sure if the skills are there for him to see NBA action in 2013

James Southerland, F (6'8, 210), Syracuse – Good player in college at Syracuse. Averaged 7 points per game playing for the 76ers summer league team in Orlando

Mouphtaou Yarou, PF (6'10, 255), Villanova – Played significant time over his 4 years at Villanova. Averaged nearly 10 points and 8 rebounds as a senior last year. I think he has the talent to play in the NBA eventually, but as for now, a D-League player

Los Angeles Clippers

Brandon Davies, F (6'9, 235), BYU – 18 points 8 rebounds per game as a senior. Certainly has the physical capabilities of a being an NBA star

Jonny Flynn, PG (6'0 185), Melbourne Tigers (Australia) – Started 81 games as a rookie for Minnesota in 2009. Would play for 3 teams in the next 3 years before ending up in Australia this past year. Underperformed for the Pacers summer league team in Orlando

JaMychal Green, PF (6'8, 228), Austin Toros (D-League) – Was on the 2013 NBA D-League All-Rookie Second Team

JaJuan Johnson, PF (6'10, 221), Idaho Stampede (D-League) – Played for the Celtics for a while before bouncing around throughout the D-League. Big kid who can rebound and block shots

Derrick Low, PG (6'2, 186), Azovmash (Ukraine) – Former Cougar of Washington St knows hot to run an offense. At 27, could be past his prime

Vernon Macklin, PF (6'10, 227), Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (Philipinnes) – Former 52nd overall pick to the Pistons of the 2011 NBA draft. Has the talent to provide in the D-League

Jerome Randle, PG (5'10, 172), Spirou Charleroi (Belgium) – Has bounced around in Turkey, Israel, Ukraine, China, and Belgium. Showed glimpses of promise years ago at Cal Berkeley

Samardo Samuels, PF (6'9, 260), Reno Bighorns (D-League) – Had a promising rookie season with Cleveland in 2010. Hasn't done much since

DaJuan Summers, F (6'8. 240), Clippers– Has played on a NBA team each of the past 4 seasons. Appeared in 2 games with the Clippers last year. Exciting swing-man with ideal size

Maalik Wayns, PG (6'1, 195), Clippers – Very fun player to watch at Villanova. Undrafted in 2012 but spotted a contract with the 76ers. Performed in 6 games with LA last year averaging 3 points per game

Los Angeles Lakers

Chris Douglas-Roberts, G/F (6'7, 210), Mavericks – I thought he was a good player with New Jersey a few years back. Struggled to find playing time last year but a good summer could see him back on an NBA roster

Lazar Hayward, G/F (6'6, 225), Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) – Former Marquette star has had stints with Minnesota and Oklahoma. Not sure if he's in the best shape of his life

Ryan Kelly, F (6'11, 230), Duke – Not sure if he's NBA ready. Could be playing for D-League minutes

Robert Sacre, C (7'0, 260), Lakers – LA just re-signed Sacre with the departure of D12 to Houston. Not sure if Sacre can perform like Dwight but at least LA has another big man who knows the system

Josh Selby, G (6'2, 183), Maine Red Claws (D-League) – Selby was drafted by the Grizzlies in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft. I like his skill and am just waiting for a breakout year

Renaldo Woolridge (aka 'Swiperboy'), F (6'9, 220), USC – Not sure if he can ball but as a sophomore at Tennessee he came out with a kickass music video sponsoring then Tennessee safety Eric Berry for Heisman (below)

Memphis Grizzlies

Vander Blue, SG (6'4, 220), Marquette – Undrafted guard from Marquette. Interesting player whose numbers got better with experience. Scored 23 points in 2 games with the Rockets in the Orlando summer league

Jack Cooley, PF (6'9 246), Notre Dame – Big kid who was replica of former Notre Dame F Luke Harangody. Averaged 9 rebounds as a senior at Notre Dame. Put up 7 points and 8 rebounds per game also playing on the Rockets summer league team in Orlando

Donte Green, PF (6'11, 226), Grizzlies – Donte played a key role on the Kings bench for 4 seasons before bizarrely ending up in Puerto Rico. He's only 25 but will be in Las Vegas to salvage his NBA career

Darington Hobson, G/F (6'7, 210), Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) – Was the 37th pick of the 2010 NBA draft to the Bucks before ending up down in the D-League

Matt Howard, PF (6'8, 230), Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany) – Former Butler Bulldog was a key part of both of Butlers back to back NCAA Championship appearances

Jon Leur, F (6'10, 228), Grizzlies – Kid could flat out shoot in college at Wisconsin. Bounced around 3 NBA teams in 3 professional seasons

Miami Heat

Dwight Buycks, G (6'3 190), BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France) – Has NBA ties to the Phoenix Suns but most recently played in the D-League. Exciting player at Marquette. Averaged 10 points and 6 assists playing for the Thunder' summer league team in Orlando

Vincent Council, G, (6'2 180), Providence – Was banged up this past winter with Providence but still managed to put up decent numbers

Larry Drew II, G (6'2 180), UCLA – Started career at North Carolina, ended at UCLA. Holds the record for most assists in a single season at UCLA. Didn't play see any action for the Heat in Orlando

Scotty Hopson, SG (6'6 204), Hapoel Eilat (Israel)– Fun player to watch at Tennessee. Spent recent years in Greece. Averaged 11 points per game for the Heat in Orlando

Myck Kabongo, PG (6'1 180), Texas – Entered draft early but was not drafted. Heat could use a point guard but won't come easy with 4 other good guards on this Summer League roster. Looked raw in Orlando. D-League in 2013?

DJ Kennedy, SF (6'6 215), Rio Grande Valley (D-League) – Limited NBA experience with Cavs. Won a D-League championship and was a D-League all star this past season

Jarvis Varnado, PF (6'9 210), Heat– All he does is block shots. Has bounced around a lot in his career but ended this past season on the Miami Heat roster winning a championship ring

Damion James, PF (6'7 225), Bakersfield Jam (D-League) – Started career with Nets and played in Orlando for them where he averaged 10 points and 5 boards

Milwaukee Bucks

Kenny Frease, C (6'11, 265), Walter Tigers (Germany) – Saw this kid play in college at

Xavier. Huge body who can rebound. 265 is definitely cutting him some slack

Dominque Jones, SG (6'5, 215), Springfield Armor (D-League) – Has been up and down between the Mavericks and D-League in his first 3 NBA seasons. I believe he will eventually be in the NBA to stay

DeShawn Sims, PF (6'8, 225), Hekmeh (France) – Former Michigan star who impressed me playing for the Celtics in the 2010 summer league. He impressed scouts overseas where he's played since

Ish Smith, PG (6'0, 175), Bucks – Ish has played on 5 different teams since 2010. Needs to work on shooting before he can find a permanent home

Minnesota Timberwolves

Marqus Blakely, SF (6'5, 225), San Mig Coffee Mixers (Philippines) – Former UVM star has ties to the Houston Rockets. Spent recent years in Germany and the Philippines

Gorgui Dieng, C (6'11, 245), Timberwolves - 21st overall pick of the 2013 draft will primarily contribute on defense

John Holland, G/F (6'5, 205), CB Sevilla (Spain) – Was the America East Player of the Year in 2011 playing for Boston University. A good shooter in college could impress some scouts

Robbie Hummel, F (6'8, 215), Obradoiro CAB (Spain) – Originally drafted by the Timberwolves in 2011 spent last season in Spain. Kid does have some game

Demetri McCamey, G (6'3, 200), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) – Chicago kid who went undrafted in 2011 and went to play in Europe before venturing back into the US

Shabazz Muhammed, G/F (6'6, 225), UCLA – 14th pick of the draft to the T-Wolves. In his lone season at UCLA he averaged 18 points per game. The kid has the game, but there are some personal issues surrounding Shabazz

Brandon Paul, SG (6'4, 200), Illinois – Paul, surprisingly, went undrafted in 2013 after being an off and on 4 year starter at Illinois where he averaged 17 point per game his senior season

NBA D-League Select Team

Mickell Gladness, C (6'11, 230), Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) – Played in 26 games for the Heat and Warriors during the 2011-2012 season where he showed glimpses of potential

Darnell Jackson, PF (6'8, 241), Reno Bighorns (D-League) – Been a bench player his whole career. Hasn't played in the NBA since 2011. At 27, he looks to return

Kyle Weaver, G/F (6'6, 200), Canton Charge (D-League) – Weaver played a significant role for the Thunder in his rookie season during the 2008-2009 season

New Orleans Pelicans

Jon Brockman, PF (6'7, 255), Limoges CSP (France) – Needs to become a more reliable rebounder before he'll be back in the NBA

Austin Rivers, SG (6'4, 200), Hornets/Pelicans – The son of new Clippers coach, Doc Rivers, only averaged 6 points in just a mediocre rookie year

Lance Thomas, F (6'8, 225), Hornets/Pelicans – Versatile player who at 6'8 can, if necessary, be played a 2, 3, or 4. That versatility should see him in the NBA again this coming year

New York Knicks

J'Covan Brown, PG (6'1, 197), AGOR (Greece) – Brown went undrafted out of Texas in 2012. When overseas to play in Europe. Long shot for Knicks opening day roster

Tim Hardaway Jr, SG (6'6, 205), Michigan – Played a key role on Michigans run to the NCAA Championship this past season. Son of Knick great Tim Hardaway Sr

Terrence Jennings, PF (6'10, 230), Erie Bayhawks (D-League) – Highly touted recruit out of highschool entering Louisville where he was a dynamic athlete. There's a spot for him somewhere in the NBA

Eloy Vargas, F/C (6'11, 244), Caneros LR (Dominican Republic) – Stood out at the University of Florida before transferring to Kentucky which I think hurt his draft stock

Iman Shumpert, G/F (6'5, 220), Knicks – Looking for Shump to make that next step to becoming an All-Star caliber player. He's primarily on this list because of his well-crafted high-top fade

Phoenix Suns

Archie Goodwin, SG (6'5, 189), Kentucky - 29th overall pick to the Suns out of Kentucky where, in his 1 season there, he averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds per game

Marcus Morris, F (6'9, 235), Suns – Coming off a promising sophomore season in the NBA. Traded from Houston midseason to play with his brother Markeiff

Markeiff Morris, F (6'10, 245) Suns – Was re-united with identical twin brother, Marcus, last season. Played in all 82 games for the Suns averaging 8 points and 5 rebounds per game

Arinze Onuaku, PF (6'9, 275), Canton Charge (D-League) – May need to slim down to around 260 before he sees legitimate time in the NBA. Was a star rebounder in college at Syracuse

Alex Oriakhi, PF (6'9, 256), Missouri – Won a national championship with Uconn in 2011. A good defender who if he can work on his offense, has a future in the NBA

Portland Trail Blazers

Cedric Jackson, G (6'3 200), New Zealand Breakers (Austrailasia) – Spent time with the Cavs, Spurs, and Wizards before playing in Europe for the New Zealand Breakers where he lead the team to 3 consecutive championship wins and most recently won MVP. Played on the Miami Heat summer league team in Orlando where he finished second in the league in assists per game with 7. There's definitely a spot somewhere in the NBA for Ced

Dallas Lauderdale, F/C (6'8, 260), Idaho Stampede (D-League) – Has ties to the Blazers organization though never playing in an NBA game. Pure shot blocker and rebounder at Ohio State

Damian Lillard, G (6'3, 195), Trail Blazers – Curious to see how much the 2013 Rookie of the Year has improved after averaging 19 points per game last year

CJ McCollum, G (6'3, 197), Lehigh – Finishes 4 year career at Lehigh averaging 21.3 points per game. A back court with him and Lillard could be lethal

Dexter Strickland, G (6'3, 177), North Carolina – Averaged 7 points as a sophomore, then 7 again as a junior, then 7 again as a senior. Never could seem to take that next step which is why he went undrafted

Sacramento Kings

Jorge Gutierrez, PG (6'3, 195), Canton Charge (D-League) – Was on NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team and All-Rookie First Team last year with Canton

David Lighty, G (6'6, 216), JSF Nanterre (France) – Former Buckeye was excellent shooter in college. Averaged 8 points per game playing for the Nets summer league team in Orlando. Could find place in D-League

Trevor Mbakwe, PF (6'8 245), Minnesota – Big time shot blocker and rebounder at Minnesota. Could turn frustration from not being drafted into a big summer. Also listed on Raptors Las Vegas roster

Ray McCallum Jr, G (6'3, 190), Detroit – Electrifying guard at Detroit where he averaged 16 points per game for his 3 year career there

Ben McLemore, SG (6'5, 195), Kansas – The 7th overall pick of this past draft will be trying to show coaches he deserves and has the ability to be a starter for the Kings

San Antonio Spurs

James Mays, PF (6'9, 230), Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) – Played with 10 professional teams since 2008, none of which being an NBA team

Dexter Pittman, C (6'11, 285), Grizzlies – Played with Memphis and Miami in 2013. Should drop some lbs before being a starter

Cory Joseph, G (6'3, 185), Spurs – Played in 57 games and started 10 of them for the Spurs over his 2 year NBA career

Deshaun Thomas, SF (6'7, 220), Ohio State – 2nd round pick by the Spurs in this past draft. Averaged 20 points per game as a senior at OSU

Chris Wright, G (6'1 200), Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico) – Undrafted in 2011, played in the D-League for a little while. Only known NBA player to suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. Played in 3 games with the Mavs last year. Appeared in all 4 summer league games with the Nets in Orlando averaging 11 points

Toronto Raptors

Quincy Acy, F (6'7, 225), Raptors – Only appeared in 29 games last year as a rookie averaging just 4 point per game. Acy has breakout potential, might we see it in Las Vegas? Of note, he has a James Harden-like beard

Trevor Mbakwe, PF (6'8 245), Minnesota – Big time shot blocker and rebounder at Minnesota. Could turn frustration from not being drafted into a big summer. Also listed on Kings Las Vegas roster

Washington Wizards

Otto Porter, SF (6'9, 205), Georgetown – 3rd overall pick for the Wizards in this past draft, averaged 16 points per game as a sophomore this past year

Chris Singleton, F (6'8, 230), Wizards – Has played a key role in 2 seasons with Washington. Numbers are spectacular and if he can bump them up, he could be a star

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