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Top pick Greg Oden will play for the Trail Blazers in Las Vegas.
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SEASON RECAP
Record (Southwest Division):
67-15 (first)

Statistical leaders:
Dirk Nowitzki (24.6 ppg)
Nowitzki (8.9 rpg)
Jason Terry (5.2 apg)

Summary: The Mavericks finished the regular season with the sixth-best all-time record in the NBA. Entering the postseason led by eventual NBA MVP Nowitzki, the Mavericks seemed poised to defend their Western Conference Championship. But the peaking Golden State Warriors dethroned the reigning Western Conference Champions in the first round, winning the series 4-2.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
Though the Mavs became the first time to win 65 games and fail to win at least one playoff series, they have a lot to look forward to in the coming season. Nowitzki returns along with All-Star Josh Howard. After winning 58+ games each of the last three seasons and proving that they can beat the NBA Champion Spurs in a playoff series (see last year’s Western Conference Finals), the Mavs should be a contender for that elusive first-ever championship.

Summers in Vegas: 3rd
Overall Record: 3-7
2006: 0-5
1st Win: 89-66 vs. NJN (July 6, 2005)

2007 DRAFT

Round 2: (34) F Nick Fazekas; (44) F Reyshawn Terry; (50) G Renaldas Seibutis
Trade: Acquired draft rights to Terry from ORL in exchange for draft rights to (60) F Milovan Rakovic.

DID YOU KNOW?: *The Mavericks have lost their last six straight Vegas summer league games dating back to 2005.
*Last season, the Mavericks failed to win a single game, losing by an average of 13.6 points an outing.
*Dallas is one of only three teams in league history to having a 0-win summer (Cleveland and Washington).
(*Despite not winning any games, rookie guard Maurice Ager earned All-League second team honors in Vegas after averaging 20.0 points and 1.0 assist in 31.0 minutes per game.)



SEASON RECAP
Record (Northwest Division):
45-37 (second)

Statistical leaders:
Carmelo Anthony (25.0 ppg)
Marcus Camby (11.7 rpg)
Allen Iverson (7.2 apg)

Summary: The Nuggets struggled in the playoffs, losing 4-1 in the first round to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs. The Nuggets experienced some adversity over the season, stemming from injuries (forward Kenyon Martin) and suspensions (forward Carmelo Anthony and guard J.R. Smith). They also madea dramatic addition to their roster, trading away guard Andre Miller to Philadelphia in exchange for guard Allen Iverson. The Nuggets finished the season by going 9-1 in the month leading up to the playoffs.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Nuggets have a lot of star power on their roster in the form of Anthony, Iverson and Camby. However, they desperately need an outside shooter to stretch the defense. And if they do not re-sign Steve Blake, they are in desperate need of a point guard. With no draft picks, the Nuggets must get their pieces through free agency. They should be better automatically with a healthy Martin and the development of Nene into a force at the four.

Summers in Vegas: 4th
Coached: George Karl
Overall Record: 8-6
2006: 4-1
1st Win: 85-75 vs. CLE (July 16, 2004)

2007 DRAFT

No picks in the 2007 Draft

DID YOU KNOW?: *Denver enters its fourth season in Las Vegas. The only other teams to play three summers in Vegas are Boston, Cleveland, Phoenix and Washington.
*Guard J.R. Smith began his NBA career in Las Vegas, as a member of the New Orleans Hornets. In 2005, Smith averaged a league-high 20.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 32.8 minutes in five games.
(*In 2004, the league's inaugural summer, Nikoloz Tskitishvili led all players in scoring, averaging 25.7 ppg in three games.)



SEASON RECAP
Record (Pacific Division):
42-40 (third)

Statistical leaders:
Baron Davis (20.1 ppg)
Andris Biedrins (9.3 rpg)
Davis (8.1 apg)

Summary: The Warriors clinched the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs on the final night of the regular season setting them up to meet Dallas in the first round. Surging late in the season, the Warriors defeated the Mavericks in six games while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from 3-point range. The Warriors eventually lost in the conference semifinals to Utah (4-1), but not before completing the biggest upset in the history of the NBA playoffs.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The young-and-gun Warriors should do more of the same this season as they welcome aboard another high-flyer in Brandan Wright. They traded away one of their franchise players in Jason Richardson, but they also were able to unload his remaining four-year, big-money contract. Two of the Warriors’ main bench players, Matt Barnes and Mickael Pietrus are free-agents. If they can keep at least one of them, plus have the continued flashes of a future star in 2006-07 Most Improved Player of the Year Monta Ellis, they should be right there again at the end of the season fighting for a playoff spot.

Summers in Vegas: 3rd
Coached: Keith Smart
Overall Record: 3-7
2006: 2-3
1st Win: 100-76 vs. PHO (July 16, 2005)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (8) F Brandan Wright, (18) G Marco Belinelli
Trades: Acquired draft rights to Wright from CHA in exchange for Jason Richardson and draft rights to (36) F Jermareo Davidson.

DID YOU KNOW?: *As the NBA’s 2007 NBA Most Improved Player, second year guard Monta Ellis averaged 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 34.3 minutes per game. Prior to his rookie campaign in 2005-06, Ellis averaged 15.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 31.2 minutes in Vegas. He earned All-League second team honors for his efforts. br> (*Golden State’s leading rebounder last season, Andris Biedrins, was in Vegas for the last two summers, averaging 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in seven games. )



SEASON RECAP
Record (Southwest Division):
52-30 (third)

Statistical leaders:
Yao Ming (25.0 ppg)
Yao (9.4 rpg)
Tracy McGrady (6.5 apg)

Summary: The Rockets returned to the playoffs this season after having five players average better than 10 points (Ming, McGrady, Rafer Alston, Luther Head and Shane Battier). The Rockets faced Utah in the first round and raced out to an early 2-0 series lead. But the Jazz persevered and knocked off the Rockets in a series that stretched to seven games.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Rockets got what they needed in the draft; speed in the form of Aaron Brooks and depth in Carl Landry. Houston also made a splash by acquiring scoring guard Mike James from the Timberwolves. James should bolster the scoring punch for the Rockets who were in desperate need for a third scorer behind McGrady and Yao. A faster style of play in new coach Rick Adelman may just be what the Rockets need in order to advance in the playoffs.

Summers in Vegas: 2nd
Ccoached: Elston Turner
Overal Record: 5-0
2006: 5-0
1st Win: 88-82 vs. POR (July 6, 2006)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (26) G Aaron Brooks
Round 2: (31) F Carl Landry; (54) F Brad Newley
Trades: Acquired draft rights to Landry from SEA in exchange for 2008 RD2 pick and cash. Acquired 54th pick overall (Newley) from ORL in exchange for cash.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Houston is one of only three teams (Cleveland and Phoenix) to enjoy a perfect summer in Vegas. Last summer, their first in the league, the Rockets finished with a 5-0 record. Cleveland went 6-0 the previous summer while Phoenix went 3-0 in 2004.
(*Last summer, guard John Lucas led the league in assists (7.6 apg). His averaged is the highest among all players to play in Vegas.)



SEASON RECAP
Record (Pacific Division):
40-42 (fourth)

Statistical leaders:
Elton Brand (20.5 ppg)
Brand (9.3 rpg)
Shaun Livingston (6.5 apg)

Summary: The Clippers narrowly missed the playoffs a year after going to the conference semifinals. The Clippers finished the last two months of the season going 12-13, but had they finished 13-12 they would have grabbed the final playoff spot from the Warriors. Livingston’s breakout season was cut short after tearing his ACL and missing the final 21 games of the season.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Clippers hope their bad luck and misfortunes are behind them and they can get back to their playoff ways of 2005-06. All-Star Elton Brand has proved himself as an automatic 20-point/10-rebound player and swingman Corey Maggette was solid coming off the bench or starting despite constant trade rumors. The team has a couple young promising players in Al Thornton and Guillermo Diaz can help the bench, but the Clippers will be looking, via free agency, to add another point guard to team with veteran Sam Cassell.

Summers in Vegas: 3rd
Coached: Mike Dunleavy
Overall Record: 4-6
2006: 2-3
1st Win: 74-68 vs. SAC (July 13, 2005)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (14) F Al Thornton
Round 2: (45) G Jared Jordan


PLAYER TO WATCH: *Al Thornton-The 14th overall pick was considered a top-10 talent for a long time, but injury concerns scared some teams off and he landed in the Clippers lap. The former Florida State Seminole could be a key figure for the Clippers’ bench next season if he can show the consistency he did in his four-plus seasons in Tallahassee.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Center Chris Kaman was named All-League second team for his efforts in 2005. In five games, the center averaged 20.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
(*Forward James Singleton led the 2005 summer league in rebounds (13.2 rpg). His average is the highest among all players in the league’s three summers.)



SEASON RECAP
Record (Pacific Division):
42-40 (second)

Statistical leaders:
Kobe Bryant (32.8 ppg)
Lamar Odom (13.0 rpg)
Kobe Bryant (4.4 apg)

Summary: The Lakers held on to the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoffs and faced the Suns in the first round. For the second consecutive season, the Lakers bowed to the Suns in the postseason. Bryant continued his historic career in a season that included four consecutive 50-plus-point outings in March.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Lakers should have a few changes to their roster this off-season. With trade rumors swirling about the possibility of bringing a superstar in or out of L.A., the team is expected to change. The addition of Georgia Tech freshman point guard Javaris Crittenton will help sure up the point guard spot. He brings an amazing leaping ability and quickness that is needed for an uptempo attack. The Lakers need to add a big-time scoring punch to help aid Bryant and could use a 3-point threat. A key piece of the triangle offense, free agent Luke Walton is staying with the team.

Summers in Vegas: 1st
Coached: Kurt Rambis and Brian Shaw
2006: 5-3 (Summer Pro League)
1st Win: NA

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (19) G Javaris Crittendon
Round 2: (40) G Sun Yue; (48) C Marc Gasol

PLAYER TO WATCH: *Jordan Farmar – The point guard appeared in 72 games last season, averaging 4.4 points.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Center Andrew Bynum, who was one of only two Lakers to appear in all regular season and playoff games (Smush Parker), averaged 14.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and a team-best 2.3 blocks in seven Pro Summer League games last July.
(*Bynum and guard Jordan Farmar were the only players to appear on both the Lakers’ summer league and playoff rosters. Last summer, Farmer averaged team-highs in points (16.1 ppg), assists (4.4 apg) and starts (7). )



SEASON RECAP
Record (Southwest Division):
22-60 (fifth)

Statistical leaders:
Pau Gasol (20.8 ppg)
Gasol (9.8 rpg)
Damon Stoudamire (4.8 apg)

Summary: The Grizzlies finished the regular season with the worst record in the West and with 27 less wins than 2005-06. Gasol missed 22 games to start the season (23 total). In his absence, the team won just five games. The Grizzlies also endured a December coaching change in which Tony Barrone replaced Mike Fratello. Rookie guard Rudy Gay, a bright spot for the franchise, was named to the T-Mobile All-Rookie First Team after averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Grizzlies didn’t have the greatest luck with ping pong balls this off-season, but they feel they have a winner in Conley. The freshman from Ohio State is considered the best point guard to come out of this draft and he fills a much-needed position for the Grizzlies. With new coach Mark Iavaroni on board and All-Star Gasol committed to being a Grizzly, better times are ahead for Memphis. Last year’s first round pick Gay got quality playing time last season and should be a bigger contributer to the team as he grows into the starting role.

Summers in Vegas: 1st
Coached: Marc Iavaroni
2006: 6-1 (Summer Pro League)
1st Win: N/A

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (4) G Mike Conley, Jr.

PLAYER TO WATCH: *Tarance Kinsey – An undrafted free agent in 2006, Kinsey caught on with the Grizzlies and played 48 games. On the season, he averaged 7.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

DID YOU KNOW?: *The Grizzlies went 6-1 in the 2006 Summer Pro League in California.
*In two games (one start), Gay – a member of the 2007 T-Mobile All-Rookie Team – averaged team-highs 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds to go with 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks and 29.0 minutes per game.
(*Fellow rookie guard Kyle Lowry contributed 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.00 steal in six games last summer.)



SEASON RECAP
Record (Northwest Division):
42-50 (third)

Statistical leaders:
Kevin Garnett (22.4 ppg)
Garnett (12.8 rpg)
Ricky Davis (4.8 apg)

Summary: In the competitive Western Conference, the Timberwolves entered All-Star break just two games under .500 at 25-27. But following the break in Las Vegas, the Wolves won just seven games to finish the season 18 games under .500. Rookie guard Randy Foye proved to be a bright spot on the roster, earning All-Rookie Team honors after averaging 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 22.9 minutes while appearing in all 82 games.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The biggest question this off-season will be if Garnett is with the team next season. Trade rumors have been rampant on the matter. The Wolves acquired Juwan Howard to shore up their frontcourt and hope that 2006 Summer League MVP Foye flourishes with more playing time this season. Former Florida Gator Corey Brewer will add toughness, a defensive stopper and a slasher to the Wolves and should be able to step in right away.

Summers in Vegas: 2nd
Coached: Randy Wittman
Overall Record: 3-2
2006: 3-2
1st Win: 91-83 vs. PHO (July 7, 2006)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (7) F Corey Brewer
Round 2: (41) F Chris Richard

PLAYER TO WATCH: *Craig Smith – Smith, a 2006 second round pick, played a major part last season for the Wolves, appearing in all 82 games. He averaged 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds his rookie season.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Foye made his NBA debut last summer in Vegas. As the League’s MVP, he averaged a league-high 24.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 32.8 minutes while shooting 53 percent (44-83 FGs) from the field in five games.



SEASON RECAP
Record (Southwest Division):
39-43 (fourth)

Statistical leaders:
David West (18.3 ppg)
Tyson Chandler (12.4 rpg)
Chris Paul (8.9 apg)

Summary: After off-season acquisitions of forward Peja Stojakovic, center Tyson Chandler, guard Bobby Jackson and guard Jannero Pargo, along with the leadership of Rookie of the Year Chris Paul, the Hornets hoped to improve on their 38 wins in 2005-06. The Hornets excelled early in the season, but injuries to their stars proved too much for the team’s’ young bench and, for the second consecutive year, the Hornets found themselves just short of a playoff berth.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
With a healthy lineup and the continued improvement of Chandler, Paul and West, the Hornets should be a contender for the 2007-08 playoffs. The Hornets feel they got a gift when Kansas’ Julian Wright fell to them at 13 in last month’s draft. If he can contribute, and if the Hornets can obtain a three-point threat in free agency, they should be a fun team to watch as they make a full-time return to New Orleans next season.

Summers in Vegas: 3rd
Coached: Kenny Gattison
Overall Record: 2-8
2006: 1-4
1st Win: 84-67 vs. NJN (July 12, 2005)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (13) F Julian Wright
Round 2: (43) G Adam Haluska

PLAYERS TO WATCH: *Milt Palacio & Anthony Roberson – Both point guards are looking to compete for the Hornets’ vacant third-string PG position after Jannero Pargo exercised his player option to become a free agent.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Paul earned All-League honors after a 2005 performance that included averages of 11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.8 spg and 34.5 mpg.
( *Hilton Armstrong, the 12th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, averaged 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds last summer in Vegas, while 15th overall pick Cedric Simmons poured in 7.4 points and 7.0 rebounds.)



SEASON RECAP
Record (Pacific Division):
61-21 (first)

Statistical leaders:
Amare Stoudemire (25.3 ppg)
Stoudemire (12.1 rpg)
Steve Nash (13.3 apg)

Summary: The Suns finished the regular season with the second-best record in the NBA. After defeating the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, the Suns lost to eventual NBA Champion San Antonio in the conference semifinals. For their efforts in the regular season, Stoudemire and Nash became the first teammates since the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal (2003-04) to be named All-NBA First Team, while guard Leandro Barbosa was voted the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Suns were so close to getting past San Antonio in the playoffs and know that they are not far from the Larry O’Brien trophy. They added a nice role player in Alando Tucker in the draft who should be able to help the bench with his polished game, but trade rumors have been the biggest part of the off-season thus far. Rumors of superstars coming and going have been circulating, but nothing has happened yet. With their vaunted threesome of Nash, Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, the run-and-gun Suns will be a favorite entering the 2007-08 season.

Summers in Vegas: 4th
Coached: Phil Webber
Overall Record: 9-5
2006: 3-2
1st Win: 92-88 vs. WAS (July 13, 2004)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (29) F Alando Tucker
Round 2: (59) G D.J. Strawberry
Trade: Acquired cash considerations from POR in exchange for the 24th overall pick (Fernandez).

DID YOU KNOW?: *Phoenix enters its fourth summer in Vegas.
*In 2004, the Suns finished with a perfect 3-0 record in the six-team league. Phoenix was the first of only three teams (Cleveland and Houston) to have a perfect record.
(*The Suns’ leading scorer and rebounder last season, Stoudemire, played in Vegas last summer as part of injury rehabilitation. He averaged 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. He was named All-League First Team. )



SEASON RECAP
Record (Northwest Division):
32-50 (fourth)

Statistical leaders:
Zach Randolph (23.6 ppg)
Randolph (10.1 rpg)
Jarrett Jack (5.2 apg)

Summary: With the sixth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, the Blazers acquired guard Brandon Roy. After averaging 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and a team-high 1.1 steals per game, Roy was named the NBA’s T-Mobile Rookie of the Year. Fellow rookie center LaMarcus Aldridge was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie team with averages of 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.16 blocks and 22.2 minutes in 63 games.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Blazers have a lot to look forward in the coming season. Not only was Lady Luck on their side in the lottery, landing them first overall selection, but they also picked up quite a few other nice, young players on draft night. In addition, they drafted numerous other players that will either improve their bench (McRoberts, Green) or play in Europe for a year or two (Koponen) before coming to Portland. To envision the line-up of Oden, Aldridge, Frye, Rookie of the Year Roy and Jack together has to make Blazers fans excited for the 2007-08 season.

Summers in Vegas: 3rd
Coached: Dean Demopoulos
Overall Record: 6-5
2006: 3-2
1st Win: 93-89 vs. NYK (July 6, 2005)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (1) C Greg Oden; (24) Rudy Fernandez; (30) G Petteri Koponen
Round 2: (37) F Josh McRoberts; (53) G Taurean Green
Trades: Acquired Steve Francis, Channing Frye and a 2008 RD2 pick from NY in exchange for Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau, Fred Jones and the draft rights to (53) Demetris Nichols. Acquired draft rights to Koponen from PHI in exchange for draft rights to (42) Derrick Byars. Acquired the 24th overall pick (Fernandez) from PHO in exchange for cash.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Roy averaged 19.0 points and 3.4 rebounds and shot 64.7 percent (33-51 FGs) from the field last summer.
(*Over the last two seasons, five members of Blazers’ summer league rosters have played for the team in the regular season: Aldridge, forward Travis Outlaw, Roy, guard Sebastian Telfair and guard/forward Martell Webster.)



SEASON RECAP
Record (Pacific Division):
32-49 (fifth)

Statistical leaders:
Kevin Martin (20.2 ppg)
Ron Artest (6.5 rpg)
Mike Bibby (4.7 apg)

Summary: After making the playoffs in 2006, the Kings, led by first year head coach Eric Musselman, finished 2007 by going 17-34 in the Western Conference – better than only the Grizzlies. Guard Kevin Martin, in his third NBA season, had a breakout year as he nearly doubled his scoring output from a year ago. Forward Ron Artest and guard Mike Bibby were the other Kings to finish in double figures in scoring, adding 18.8 points and 17.1 points, respectively, per game.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
New head coach Reggie Theus hopes to bring excitement back to ARCO Arena after a couple of non-playoff seasons. Point guard Bibby is still capable of taking over games and the maturity of Martin into a rising NBA-star makes the Kings a tough foe. Hawes (19 years old) will get great experience learning from Brad Miller as he hopes to become the next great big man for the Kings. The off-season will be big for Francisco Garcia as he hopes to have a break-out summer like Martin did in last year’s summer league.

Summers in Vegas: 3rd
Coached: Reggie Theus
Overall Record: 6-4
2006: 4-1
1st Win: 71-60 vs. NJN (July 9, 2005)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (10) C Spencer Hawes

DID YOU KNOW?: *En route to being named All-League First Team, Kevin Martin averaged 22.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 30.8 minutes in four games last summer. For his two-year Vegas career, Martin averages 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 35.4 minutes.
*Joining Martin on the First Team was guard Ronnie Price who added 15.2 points per game.
(*Eight-year NBA veteran Ron Artest played in two games for the Kings in 2006. In 21.0 minutes, he delivered 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a team-best 2.5 steals per game.)



SEASON RECAP
Record (Southwest Division):
58-24 (second)

Statistical leaders:
Tim Duncan (22.2 ppg)
Duncan (11.5 rpg)
Tony Parker (5.8 apg)

Summary: : The Spurs vaulted to their third NBA Championship in five years, and fourth in nine years, after defeating Denver, Phoenix and Utah in the West and then sweeping Cleveland in the Finals. Forward Duncan and guard Parker led the Spurs through both the regular season and the playoffs. Parker became the first European player to win the MVP award at the Finals by leading the Spurs with 24.5 points on 56.8 percent (42-74 FGs) shooting from the field.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
Not too much needs change in the Spurs line-up after capturing their fourth championship in the last nine years last month. Team officials hope to re-sign free-agents Jacque Vaughn, Fabricio Oberto and Matt Bonner and possibly add an athletic guard who can shoot the three. They drafted Marcus Williams who is a long, high energy forward with good size. Another intriguing prospect is James White, who was the first pick in the second round last season by the Blazers before being cut and picked up by the Spurs. Center Jackie Butler needs to show the team that he is in shape and ready to compete with Oberto for playing time at the center spot.

Summers in Vegas: 1st
Coached: Don Newman
2006: 3-3 (Rocky Mtn. Revue, Salt Lake)
1st Win: N/A

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (28) F Tiago Splitter
Round 2: (33) F Marcus Williams

PLAYER TO WATCH: *Marcus Wlliams – The early second round pick comes to the Spurs from Arizona where he earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a sophomore. He ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.6 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (6.7 rpg).

DID YOU KNOW?: *The Spurs have had a team in the Rocky Mountain Revue since its inception in 2003. After rounding out their schedule in Las Vegas this summer, the Spurs will travel to Salt Lake to once again participate in the Revue.



SEASON RECAP
Record (Northwest Division):
31-51 (fifth)

Statistical leaders:
Ray Allen (26.4 ppg)
Nick Collison (8.1 rpg)
Earl Watson (5.7 apg)

Summary: With injuries holding Allen and Rashard Lewis to just 55 and 60 games, respectively, on the season, the Sonics finished at the bottom of the Northwest Division. The Sonics won just 10 games with Allen – who played for the last time on Mar. 18 – out of the lineup. Taking away the duo’s collective offense, Chris Wilcox became the Sonics’ leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Sonics will have a “new era” when the 2007-08 season begins. Gone is Allen, a seven-time All-Star and the team’s leading scorer since the 2002-03 season. Allen was traded on draft night. Rookies Kevin Durant and Jeff Green will be the new faces of the Pacific Northwest franchise. Newly appointed GM Sam Presti hoped to re-sign Lewis, but Orlando pried him away. Still, the Sonics have a nice collection of young players for the coming years with hopefully a couple superstars in waiting for new head coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Summers in Vegas: 1st
Coached: Ralph Lewis, Bryan Gates
2006: 2-4 (Rocky Mountain Revue)
1st Win: N/A

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (2) Kevin Durant; (5) F Jeff Green
Trades: Acquired Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West, draft rights to Green and BOS’s or POR’s 2008 RD2 pick (whichever is higher) from BOS in exchange for Ray Allen and draft rights to (35) Glen Davis. Acquired a future RD2 pick and cash from HOU in exchange for draft rights to (31) Carl Landry.

DID YOU KNOW?: *The Sonics played in the Rocky Mountain Revue for the last three summers before making the move to Las Vegas for 2007.
(*A duo of Sonics led the Revue in blocks last summer. Centers Mouhamed Sene (3.75 bpg) and Robert Swift (3.67 bpg) averaged nearly 2.5 blocks per game more each than the league’s third-leading blocker Atlanta’s Shelden Williams (1.33 bpg).)