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2009 Vegas Summer League Preview

The Vegas Summer Pro League kicks starts today at 3PM CST. This is much larger and higher profile than the Orlando SPL. Unfortunately you can’t watch this one for free. You can watch all games online here for a fee of $14.99. The video quality should be much better than the Orlando SPL but that price is a little steep for SPL. Don’t worry though, the Pub will do our best to keep you updated on the action.

The Games from July 10-19 click here for the complete schedule

Teams (Click for Roster)

Chicago Bulls

Who we’re watching: Bryan Mullins: Mullins is a personal favorite of mine just because I really enjoyed watching him run the point at SIU for 4 years. It’s unlikely that he’ll ever make an NBA roster but he should have a lengthy career overseas.

Juilus Hodge: Hodge was a prolific scorer during his brief career in the NBA. Many beleived the kid would be a star in the NBA.

James Johnson & Taj Gibson: These guys were 1st round picks for the Bulls so they will be make the team regardless of their performance. Johnson could be a sleeper for ROY.
Cleveland Cavaliers

Danny Green: Green was a 2nd round pick for the Cavs and I really like his upside. He is a freakish athlete that has developed a reliable jumper. When it’s all said and done I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned out to be the best UNC alum in this draft class.

Christian Eyenga: The Cavs drafted this 6’5″ swingman from the Congo with last pick of the 1st round. Guess we’ll see if he has the skills or upside to warrant a 1st rd selection.

Dallas Mavericks

Nick Calathes: Calathes was a 2nd round selection by the Mavs and he’s reportedly going to play the next season or 2 in Greeece but it still should be interesting to see how he performs in Vegas.

Ahmad Nivins: Nivins was beast in post during his days at St. Joe’s. It’s unlikely that he’ll make an NBA roster but he could develop into a solid role player for an NBAin the future.

Denver Nuggets

Ty Lawson: Critics saw Lawson is too short and too injury prone to succede in the NBA. I think the Nuggets were smart to trade for him shortly after Minnesota drafted him in the 1st rd. He should devlop into an excellent PG backing up Billups.

Detroit Pistons

Michael Bramos: Bramos will prboably never make it the NBA but I really enjoyed watching him in college.

DaJaun Summers: Summers has a lot of upside but it may take a season or 2 of development before he turns into a reliable NBA player.

Austin Daye: The Pistons 1st rd pick and former Gonzaga Bulldog needs to add about 20lbs but I thought the same thing about Tayshaun Prince. I doubt he’ll ever be a starter in ther NBA but who knows.

Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry: All eyes will be on Curry. Will he tear up opposing defenses running the point or simply end up as a 3pt specialist?

Houston Rockets
Chase Budinger: Budinger could develop into the greatest ginger the NBA has seen since the days of Bill Walton. He can flat out jump out the gym and has a solid offensive repertoire.

James White: Coming out of High School White was touted as a can’t miss NBA prospect. Things didn’t quite pan out for Mr. White but it’ll be interesting to see if he can work his way onto an NBA roster.

Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin: Not much of a question here. The #1 pick will be good. It’s just a matter of how good. Will he develop into a superstar or be a solid 18-10 guy?

Eric Gordon: The combo of Gordon and Griffin may just make the Clippers the team to beat. Wow did I just say the LA Clips are the team to beat? Yep it’s summer pro league.
Los Angeles Lakers

Mustafa Shakur: Shakur had an excellent college career. He may not ever pan out to be a productive PG in the NBA but I’ll still watch every time he plays just because I enjoyed his collegiate career.

Memphis Grizzlies

Hasheem Thabeet: There no question about whether or not Thabeet can play defense. It’s all a matter of how he develops his offensive game. Even without offense Thabeet should have a long NBA career as a defensive big man.

SamYoung: Young was amazing for Pittsburgh. It’ll be interesting to see how his NBA career pans out.

Donta Smith: The former Hawk was a 2nd round pick out of SE Illinois CC in 2004. He was viewed as a player with a lot of upside but his NBA career ended up being brief as he has ended up playing pro ball in Europe.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are loaded with players to watch. Brandon Jennings, Joe Alexander, Jodie Meeks, Dominic James and Salim Stoudamire are players to keep an eye on.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Gerald Henderson & Wayne Ellington:

NBA D-League Select

Curtis Stinson: OK he probably doesn’t have what it takes to play in the NBA. However he’s another one of the guys that I enjoyed watching in college.

New Orleans Hornets

Luke Nevill:

Darren Collison:

Julian Wright:
New York Knicks

Wink Adams:

Toney Douglas:

Patrick Ewing Jr.:

Jordan Hill:

Nikoloz Tskitishvili:

Oklahoma City Thunder

James Harden:

Shaun Livingston:

Byron Mullens:

Serge Ibaka:

Phoenix Suns

Robin Lopez:

Micah Downs:

Earl Clark:

Portland Trail Blazers

Patrick Mills:

Pooh Jeter:

Sacramento Kings

Tyreke Evans:

Jon Brockman:

Jason Thompson:

San Antonio Spurs

DeJuan Blair:

Jack McClinton:

George Hill:
Toronto Raptors

DeMar Derozan:

Patrick O’Bryant

Smush Parker:

Washington Wizards

Tyrese Rice:

Josh Heytvelt:

JaVale McGee:

Nick Young:

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