Posted Jul 9 2012 9:26AM
ORLANDO -- It's an endless stream of fast breaks, 1-on-1 matchups, 3-point shots, blocked shots and often dazzling, if errant, passes.
The AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League tips off Monday with some familiar names from the 2012 Draft and plenty of other hopefuls trying to crack an NBA roster.
Seven first-round draft picks -- led by No. 9 pick Andre Drummond and No. 28 pick Perry Jones III -- will take part in the five days of competition on the Magic's practice court at Orlando's Amway Center. The games are not open to the public and will only be attended by media and league personnel. All 20 games will be shown on NBA TV.
Here's a quick look at roster highlights of the eight teams that will participate:
Boston Celtics -- While much of the offseason focus has been on trying to keep the elder core of the team together, the Celtics are hoping that back-to-back first round picks forward Jared Sullinger (No. 21) and center Fab Melo (No. 22) will be able to team with second round choice Kris Joseph (No. 51) to give Boston the best front court trio in the competition. Last year's draftees JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore will also return.
Brooklyn Nets -- After dropping a bundle in salary to bring in All-Star Joe Johnson and to re-sign All-Star Deron Williams, the Nets will likely to be looking to fill out their roster with some of the unheralded names, particularly the pair of second-round picks that was acquired on draft night. Tyshawn Taylor (No. 41) came in a deal with Portland and Tornike Shengelia (No. 54) was dealt from Philadelphia. Former lottery picks Al Thornton, Julian Wright and Adam Morrison will also be in the lineup.
Detroit Pistons -- The Pistons will be showing off three of their last four first-round draft choices with 2011 pick Brandon Knight running the break and tossing passes to 2012 pick Drummond and 2009 pick Austin Daye (Greg Monroe, the team's top pick from 2010, won't be attending). The 6-foot-11 Drummond will be the highest pick from this year to take part. The No. 33 from 2011 Kyle Singler will be making his NBA debut after playing last year in Spain.
Indiana Pacers -- A pair of veterans in Jeff Pendergraph and Lance Stephenson will lace them up for the Pacers in an attempt to solidify their spots on bench in the 2012-13 NBA. They'll be joined by rookies Miles Plumlee (No. 26) and Orlando Johnson (No. 33). An interesting name to watch will be guard Ben Hansbrough, a former Notre Dame standout and the brother of Pacers' reserve forward Tyler Hansbrough.
Oklahoma City Thunder -- The Thunder will definitely have the most scrutinized player in the summer in Jones, the big man with lottery level talent who tumbled down the board on draft night as teams became wary of a possible bad knee and questionable attitude. If Jones can live up to his potential, there could be 27 teams that passed on him regretting it. OKC youngsters Cole Aldrich, Darnell Jackson and Lazar Hayward will be in Orlando, as will former Jazz first-round pick Morris Almond, who is also on the Thunder's squad.
Orlando Magic -- Of course, the offseason focus of fans in the Magic kingdom has been on the eventual destination of disenchanted center Dwight Howard. But the summer league host team will begin to pick up the pieces and start a new era by getting their first look at this year's top draft pick forward Andrew Nicholson (No. 18), who has a widely diverse bag of skills. Second round picks Kyle O'Quinn and DeAndre Liggins will also play, along with veteran point guard Ish Smith.
Philadelphia 76ers -- Headed in a new direction after letting go last year's leading scorer Lou Williams to free agency, the Sixers will run out this year's No. 15 pick Moe Harkless and last year's top draft pick Nic Vucevic. The undrafted Jon Scheyer has played the past two seasons overseas and in the NBA D League. Guard Jacob Pullen spent last season playing in Italy.
Utah Jazz -- The Jazz will be looking to get more grooming and experience for last year's pair of first-round picks, who were dropped right into fray without a full training camp following the lockout and logged significant playing time as rookies. The No. 3 pick from the 2011 draft Enes Kanter will get long runs along with Alec Burks (No. 12), as will third-year forward DeMarre Carroll. The Jazz will also get their first look at their only pick from the 2012 draft guard Kevin Murphy (No. 47). And, in a bit of family ties news for the Jazz, John Millsap (brother of current Jazz power forward Paul Millsap) and Michael Stockton (son of Jazz legend John Stockton) help round out Utah's roster.
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