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

  • rudy tesoro

    Too many guards. Lacking in height. Could have included Henry Sims and other long and young rookies.

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

    Sims is playing for the Jazz Summer League team in Orlando right now, but I would’ve liked to see him with SA as well

  • grego

    Bummed that Malcolm Thomas (Kawhi’s former teammate) isn’t on the roster. He’s playing with Chicago’s summer league team

  • 00

    Corey Joseph is from Canada not USA.

  • bigfundenmental

    all eyes on Richards!!! can’t wait.

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

    Huh, look at that. I actually copied-and-pasted that roster from the Spurs press release, so I’m innocent. I’ll go ahead and change it, though.

  • GoSpursGo

    What is the scoop on JaMychal Green. Looking at DraftExpress, he looks like a good prospect. 6-9 and athletic is good enough to play some D and fill the lane on breaks. Are the Spurs looking at him for reals?

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

    Honestly, don’t know much about him. With only one roster spot really available, I think they’ve got to take a hard look at anyone they can bring in for cheap. Especially if they’re a big who can defend the PnR. I’ll keep an eye on him in Vegas.

  • ThatBigGuy

    Outside of NBATV, how does one watch these games? Is there a live video feed on some website?

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

    I believe you can watch them online for the low low price of $5. If I come across a link for that, I’ll post it here.

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

    That was quick, here you go: https://account.nba.com/summerleaguebroadband

  • STIJL

    Me too. Question about Anderson on the team. What’s his contract status if he plays on the summer team? Isn’t he officially unsigned as of the end of this past season?

  • Titletown99030507d

    It’s now or never RR this is your shot make it count. 3 point shooter, good FT shooter, ball handler, athletic, defensive wait… I’m glad you’ll be there.

  • Tyler

    In other news, Ian Mahinmi got $16M.

    No, seriously……

  • grego

    the guy just turned 21 years old. Even if he has a good showing, he’s likely still very raw and needs a few more years.

  • grego

    and then Indy traded for him… what?!

  • Titletown99030507d

    That’s why he needs to have a good showing so that Pop doesn’t completely drop him like a hot potato. If he has a good showing Toro land is where he’ll be. I even said one solid year with the Toros would do him good.

  • grego

    I’m not sure of all the rules, but if he plays with the Toros under no contract, anyone can go after him, I believe. Only if he’s under contract with the Spurs, will he actually be under their full control.

    The team isn’t losing any money on him, so it’s not now or never for him. If he were around 25-26, might be a different story.

  • grego

    He can be a unrestricted free agent and play. He’s just “an invite” to the team. That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less. He could be signed by Cuban tomorrow, for all we know.

  • Titletown99030507d

    That’s Splitter pay and minutes, but less scoring output and rebs. I still say Splitter is a bargain. And by the way Splitter is playing for a new contract this coming season.

  • Titletown99030507d

    So why the tease from the FO if they have no intentions of signing him even for DLeague ? By the way what is the minimum a player signed like RR in the D-League go for these days? And how long can they be signed as a Toro? And does it count as a roster spot against the Spurs?

  • grego

    There’s better competition overseas than there is in the DLeague. Sadly, Richards hasn’t even been in the toughest leagues…

    The only advantage to the Toros is they’d have coaches specifically focusing on them (since they own the team) and they could run plays for him.
    They are very close to the luxury tax for this year, so roster spots are limited, especially just to watch a guy who isn’t ready, in Austin.
    If the player is assigned by the Spurs (and no one else can take him), he has to be under contract. This is the case with Corey Joseph. They have to pay for him and account for him on their 15 man roster.
    Players under contract I think can do 2-3 years at max in the NBDL, I believe.

  • Clair Talbothays

    Area between USA and Alaska hahahah

  • DorieStreet

    One week – 5 – games – 18 players?

  • DorieStreet

    I have to believe Kawhi’s inclusion in the summer league is part Spurs’ culture in play.
    NBA All Rookie First Team – 1/2 season & playoff starter for WCF finalist – USA Team Select member practicing and scrimmaging against the Olympic Squad for a week – yet remaining in Vegas with 1st-year players who spent most of that time in the DLeague and the rookie draftees and undrafted hopefuls.

  • STIJL

    Can Alexis Ajinca make the team? Former 1st round 20th pick hasn’t done much his nba career except ride pine. And then there’s the 3 point bombing Zeller…another player in the line of Bonner but taller. Out of the bigs…”veteran” Eric Dawson probably has the best shot (weak as that may be) to possibly making the Spurs roster. He was the D-Legues “most improved player of the year last year” and did look comfortable in the Spurs roster the couple of stints he played for them.

  • STIJL

    Remember Hill also did the same though he was far and away better than his other summer league participants. Perhaps a chance for Kawhi to put in some “practice time” in certain areas of his game?

  • STIJL

    4 years at 16mil. I wouldn’t call that outrageous in today’s nba for a back up big man.

  • Maverick 4 life

    Yes he will

  • grego

    He will be the go-to player. They will likely run offense around him. He’ll get to be the leader. Would not be surprised to see him as one of the captains.

  • grego

    exactly

  • SAJKinBigD

    Cuban would be welcome to have Mr. Anderson. Serve him right – the potser.

  • GoSpursGo

    I don’t know what Kawhi’s physical ceiling is, but you have to love his workman like attitude. He has the same personality that Duncan has, basically very high work ethic, very professional and calm, and almost no ego. I don’t think he can be a foundational superstar, but he sure is a nice complementary piece. Would love it if they developed a few more plays for him, would really open the floor up for everyone else.

  • Tyler

    Indy gave up Collison and Dahntay Jones just to have the right to pay Ian $16M over the next 4 years. That’s an awful, awful deal. I find it hard to believe that Collison couldn’t have fetched more.

    Regardless, what Ian gives you isn’t worth $4M/year. Tiago is twice the player at the same price.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Don’t look now but Houston is thinking of amnestying Scola to make room for D Howard? Wow.

  • SAJKinBigD

    Serious? Holy Schlamoly!!!
    It’d be a real coup to get him back, but I doubt the Silver & Black would have the best bid, even if they can make one.
    Is there anyone around that can explain the Amnesty process better than:
    All teams under cap can bid, highest bid wins contract.
    Spurs aren’t under the cap – they’re under the luxury tax threshold.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N2KCK76SIPFKN6GFPEBLIIPBSY EricW

    JaMychal Green is going to be a good player in the NBA. I hope the Spurs see that and pick him up

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N2KCK76SIPFKN6GFPEBLIIPBSY EricW

    I don’t like the fact that Alexis Wangmene is on the team. Its obvious that the only reason dude is on the team is because he is RC adopted son. He is a scrub

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N2KCK76SIPFKN6GFPEBLIIPBSY EricW

    Dude had one double double in 4 years

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  • Titletown99030507d

    Don’t know much about amnesty rules either but I think your close to what is allowed. He would be perfect to take Bonner’s place.

  • Titletown99030507d

    I’ve heard many arguments here at 48moh that D-leaguers (US College kids) are better than Euro players in general. How do you feel about that?

  • Titletown99030507d

    Don’t know but it’s only $5.00 to watch the summer league if you got broadband. Gonna connect my laptop with an HDMI cord and connect it to my 65 wide flatscreen.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Is he better than James Anderson?

  • DorieStreet

    And Minnesota waived Darko to make an offer to Batum…..

  • DorieStreet

    if Bird was still with the Pacers I don’t think that deal is made.

  • Tyler

    Agreed, that was one of the first things I thought as well. This and reaching for Miles Plumlee in the draft are two questionable moves. From the outside looking in, seems they’re reaching just to try and fill a position of need. IMO, neither player really helps, which means they still have a need…

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

    My interested has been officially piqued by this JaMychal Green fellow after reading his DraftExpress profile and Kevin Arnovitz’ Summer League preview on TrueHoop.

  • STIJL

    C’est la vie. At least it’s not a Spurs problem. Not sure why the caring about what Indy is doing to get a player who, in your opinion, isn’t worth the money. But worth it or not…using the term loosely…that’s about the going rate in this league for “experienced” big men with about the same to even less talent playing a back up role.

  • STIJL

    A bit more agile with the same type of game as Blair?