Spurs roster for Las Vegas Summer League announced

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The Spurs officially announced their roster for the Las Vegas Summer League and, wait for it, RYAN RICHARDS IS PLAYING. That’s the biggest news I think Spurs fans will take from this announcement. Richards has been a mystery for Spurs fans since being drafted in 2010.

He’s hopped from club team to club team in the lower levels of European basketball and even jumped from the Great Britain national team program to try and join the Jamaican National Team. At 6’11” with a good shooting touch, he’s an intriguing prospect. Here’s to hoping he performs well enough in Vegas to earn a contract with the Spurs and some development time in Austin this season.

The other big news regarding the summer league roster is that Kawhi Leonard will be on it. I was curious if the Spurs felt Leonard had outgrown the Las Vegas Summer League already, but with not having a summer league or training camp last season, the Spurs felt it important that Kawhi participate. I’m excited to see Kawhi play on a team in the Spurs system when Leonard is The Man on offense and not just a third, fourth or fifth option. And he’s already out there training with the Team USA Select group anyway.

In a curious move, James Anderson is on the Spurs Summer League roster. Anderson, technically a free agent, will be looking to show his skills off to the other teams in attendance. Anderson has only played in the Spurs system in his professional career, so trying to join another summer league team and develop a working knowledge of their plays in a matter of days probably wouldn’t ideal to improve his free agent stock. Best case was probably to stick with what you know and do what you can to earn a new deal.

Spurs second-year point guard Cory Joseph is on the roster, likely running the show for the team. Joseph will probably spend the vast majority of next season in Austin again, save for injury trouble in San Antonio, and he falls into the same boat as Kawhi when it comes to last year. I’m interested to see how Joseph has developed since last season ended.

Some other notable names on the Spurs summer league roster: Derrick Byars (currently signed to an unguaranteed deal with the Spurs), Eric Dawson (with Toros and Spurs last season), Marcus Denmon (Spurs’ second round draft pick), Alexis Wangmene (RC Buford’s adopted son, former Texas Longhorn) and Luke Zeller (with Toros last season).

Jacque Vaughn will coach the Spurs’ summer league team and Austin Toros assistants Alex Lloyd and Taylor Jenkins will be among the coaching staff.

 

NO. PLAYER POS. HT. WT. DOB PRIOR TO NBA/COUNTRY

NBA EXP.

42 Alexis Ajinca C 7-2 248 05/06/88 Strasbourg IG/France

3

25 James Anderson G 6-6 215 03/25/89 Oklahoma State/USA

2

10 Dwight Buycks G 6-3 190 06/06/89 Marquette/USA

R

34 Derrick Byars G/F 6-7 220 04/25/84 Vanderbilt/USA

1

23 Eric Dawson F 6-9 250 07/07/84 Midwestern State (TX)/USA

1

1 Marcus Denmon G 6-3 185 03/20/90 Missouri/USA

R

17 Moses Ehambe G/F 6-6 215 05/22/86 Oral Roberts/USA

R

43 Darius Foster G 6-3 210 01/12/88 Wilberforce/USA

R

11 JaMychal Green F 6-8 228 06/21/90 Alabama/USA

R

7 Cedric Jackson G 6-3 190 03/05/86 Cleveland State/USA

1

5 Cory Joseph G 6-3 185 08/20/91 Texas/Area between USA and Alaska

1

2 Kawhi Leonard F 6-7 225 06/29/91 San Diego State/USA

1

14 Kalin Lucas G 6-1 195 05/24/89 Michigan State/USA

R

19 Ryan Richards F 6-11 230 04/21/91 CB Gran Canaria/England

R

30 Alexis Wangmene F/C 6-7 241 03/01/89 Texas/Cameroon

R

27 Tyler Wilkerson F 6-8 240 07/25/88 Marshall/USA

R

24 L.D. Williams G 6-4 210 05/08/88 Wake Forest/USA

R

40 Luke Zeller F/C 6-11 245 04/07/87 Notre Dame/USA

R

HEAD COACH: Jacque Vaughn

ASSISTANT COACHES:  Bret Brielmaier, Will Hardy, Taylor Jenkins, Alex Lloyd,

Christos Marmarinos, Lele Molin, Darko Rajakovic

TRAINER:  Dice Yamaguchi

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    A couple inches taller with a longer wingspan, I believe. I don’t think he’s as active of a rebounder, though. Not to say he’s a bad rebounder, but I don’t think he has the reputation as a force on the boards like Blair coming out of college.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    I’m going to keep an eye on how he handles the pick-and-roll in Vegas, because you all know that’s what keeps me up at night.

  • Titletown99030507d

    And all we can do is sit on the sidelines a watch. Frustrating.

  • SAJKinBigD

    Agreed. Here in Dallas, they’re pretty happy to have Collison and Jones and it’s confusing why they traded except to get out from under a little more cash as Mahinmi was an UNrestricted FA. Could’ve just signed him on their own. I’m a little irked that the Mavs now have something resembling a Point Guard, though, and Matrix gets some defensive assistance in Jones.

  • SAJKinBigD

    WAIVED means he can sign with whomever he wants, right? He wasn’t Amnestied? I hope this is the case and the Spurs have already called him and his agent.

  • DorieStreet

    Nobody’s caring; just commentary on a former (draft & stash) Spurs player who didn’t do much in 3 seasons, didn’t do much in 2 seasons with the Mavericks, and will get ridiculously paid but not do much with the Pacers (just my opinion).

  • NYC

    Sorry, guys. Darko wasn’t waived, he was amnestied.

    Let’s say he went unclaimed through bidding and became UFA. How much money can the Spurs offer to a FA? Anyone now?

  • NYC

    *know

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    I could be wrong (I don’t pretend to know my way around the new CBA), but I think they would only be able to offer the minimum.

  • STIJL

    Good for Indy.

  • Tim in Surrey

    I’m a Vanderbilt alum, so I’ve seen quite a bit of him over the years. He really regressed this year, for essentially off-court reasons as well as a new coach. He and their other frontcourt star Tony Mitchell were suspended mid-season for a while (Mitchell was never allowed back), which ruined what was expected to be a big season for both. Not sure what the story was.

    Green actually is a very tough rebounder–he was sharing duties with Mitchell, so his numbers don’t always reflect it. He’s longer than he looks and a good defender and post-up player. But although skilled, he was never the most cerebral of players. He overpowered a lot of guys in college, so I always wondered how well he would translate to the NBA. I always thought the worst-case scenario was a solid backup 4, with best-case being a solid starter, kind of like an Antoine Carr with less length. But he seemed like a borderline first-rounder until this year. The real question with Green is not whether he is capable of playing in the league (he is), but rather just what it was that happened this year. Some first-year coaches go a little Napoleonish, so it might not be something that will hang over him. But some players also feel like they own the program and new coaches can run into a buzz-saw, in which case it might be a sign of a very serious problem. Given that his co-conspirator was Mitchell (something of a knucklehead), it’s a worry. But the good sign is that, unlike Mitchell, Green was allowed back on the team, served his time as a sub by playing hard, and contributed, so I’m optimistic.

    Don’t want anyone to be too optimistic–there’s a reason he wasn’t drafted–but he could be a really good fit.

    P.S. – Of course, as a Vandy grad I’m most excited to see Derrick Byars get some playing time. One of my all-time favorites.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    DraftExpress has his “best case” as Brandon Bass. I would be okay with that as a fourth or fifth big.

  • Tim in Surrey

    They were very similarly effective players at the same position in the SEC, with similar concerns about their ability to extend it in the NBA (length for the 4, a tendency to over-rely on an athleticism advantage that’s unlikely to translate, etc.). For my money, Green was a better player in the SEC, but I have a few more concerns about his ability to translate that effectiveness. But it’s a pretty solid comparison.

  • GoSpursGo

    Hey may be too thin to play PF, the question I have is if there is any way he can agile enough to guard big 3’s or stretch 4’s. I think back to the days of the great Bo Outlaw everytime I see a player with this mold.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Some words on Andray Blatche from our friends at Truth About It for those who are interested: http://www.truthaboutit.net/2012/07/should-the-wizards-amnesty-andray-blatche.html

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Darko went unclaimed on amnesty waivers, per Marc Stein. He’s an unrestricted free agent now. We’ll see what happens.

  • NYC

    I saw that too. I didn’t really think it would happen. Holy cow. This has been an eventful free agency period this year.

    What do you think? Should Spurs give Darko a shot? Do we even have a roster spot for him? (Maybe that’s why Spurs have made it known they are shopping Blair for a pick?) Would he be willing to sign with us for a minimum contract? Does any other team still want him? Does he still want to continue in the NBA or make good on his threat to go back to Europe? So many questions…

  • DorieStreet

    If he performs well, Spurs need to go at him. Blatche may be too jaded to take that chance.

  • STIJL

    With all the negativity of the comments by respectable media…3 coaches later…and an ever going self destructive professional and personal decision process…one would think the Spurs won’t even attempt contact with Andray if he is amnestied. His positives (limited as that may be) on the court does not justify wanting him in a Spurs uniform. He’s the definition of the anti-Spur. I just can’t imagine it’s 100% the other guy’s fault in this situation. But then…look at the chance the Spurs took with Diaw.

  • DorieStreet

    Diaw is a 9-year vet who put in a fairly decent career–did ok his first 3 seasons as a Bobcat. You might fault him for the weight gain and perhaps lack of leadership that atrocious season that just ended. But I bet he is not the first player who’s game drifted once they endured a few seasons with that franchise.
    8 seasons in existence: only 1 winning season (and 1 playoff berth – swept 1st round ’10); highest division finish – 4th, 7 times; highest conference finish – 7th (winning season in ’10); all other finishes – 10th and worse; 4 coaches (the 5th one will start season no. 9 this fall), and who knows how many players have gone throught there.
    Only one longtime notable player – Emeka Okafor ROY in inaugural season (’04-05), 5 seasons with the team.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Stephen Jackson fits the bill of “lost focus when on a bad team” like Diaw, except Jack didn’t run into the weight gain and French-ness, Jack just played hero ball all the time.

  • ryan

    we really should sign one of these big guys, we need a tall and big presence especially with splitters injury, ryan richards could be a very good role player, or alexis ajinca would be the biggest player for us and is not without experience in the nba, what do you think??

  • ryan

    @aamcneill:disqus any thoughts? ryan richards his a good touch and bangs down low as well although we havent seen much from him but he could be very useful

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