The iconic, and recently hired, Larry Brown — who has won just about every title a coach can, except maybe Summer League Skipper of the Year — will be on the bench with his new team, the Charlotte Bobcats. Brown, who most recently coached with New York during the 2005-06 season, will have an early chance to put his stamp on top pick D.J. Augustin as well as rookies Alexis Ajinca and Kyle Weaver.
No Derrick Rose. Nor Michael Beasley for that matter. But this year's Summer League will include nine lottery picks from the recent draft as Minnesota's O.J. Mayo (third pick), Memphis' Kevin Love (fifth), New York's Danilo Gallinari (sixth), Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Gordon (seventh), Milwaukee's Joe Alexander (eighth), Charlotte's D.J. Augustin (ninth), Sacramento's Jason Thompson (12th), and Golden State's Anthony Randolph (14th) show off their skills for the first time in NBA (practice) uniforms.
Three former UNLV players are on Summer League rosters including Louis Amundson with Golden State, Romel Beck with Cleveland and Dalron Johnson with New Orleans. Four other players come from The Silver State as Nick Fazekas (L.A. Clippers), Marcelus Kemp (L.A. Lakers), Ramon Sessions (Milwaukee) and JaVale McGee (Washington) all suited up for the Wolf Pack in Reno. Bishop Gorman standout C.J. Watson will get another shot at his NBA dreams thanks to Golden State.
Off the Radar
Each year some young player comes of nowhere and makes his mark in the NBA because of a strong Summer League showing. In 2007, it was Marco Belinelli and Craig Smith. In 2006, it was John Lucas Jr. and Ryan Gomes. Who will make this year's transformation from blip to bulls-eye?