July 18 / Day 9
Name: DeAndre Jordan
Team: Clippers
Last seen in the summer: Played last year as a rookie.
Reason for return: The Texas A&M product has endless athleticism and a desire to improve. Though teammate Blake Griffin is hogging the Summer League spotlight, the 6-foot-11 center has produced his share of “wow” moments, including a devastating alley-oop slam late in Saturday’s loss to Washington. Jordan has averaged 13.3 points and 8.3 rebounds so far. “I want to show that I am getting better and working on other aspects of my game besides tip-dunks and lob plays,” said Jordan, who averaged 4.3 points and 4.5 boards as a rookie. “I’m working on a jump-hook and off-the-glass jump shot. I just haven’t shot any of those yet, but they’re coming along.”

-- Art Garcia

July 17 / Day 8
Name: Morris Almond
Team: Knicks
Last seen in the summer: Played with Utah last year in the now dormant Rocky Mountain Revue
Reason for return: Trying to make the roster. The free agent swingman spent the last two seasons with the Jazz, including considerable stints in the D-League, after being a first-round pick. Has only 34 NBA games under his belt, averaging 3.1 points. Averaging 12.7 points in three games so far, reaching double figures each time. Going from Utah’s regimented offense to New York’s wide-open system has been a welcome change. “As a young player, every summer is a big summer,” the 24 year old said. “I’m just trying to show what I can do. They want me to play in the rhythm of the offense. If I got an open look, take it, stop my man and run the floor. It’s pretty simple.”

-- Art Garcia

July 16 / Day 7
Name: Joe Alexander
Team: Bucks
Last seen in the Vegas: Averaged 9.2 points as a Summer League rookie a year ago.
Reason for return: Is he the heir apparent at small forward with Richard Jefferson gone? The 6-foot-8 second-year man out of West Virginia is being given every opportunity to showcase skills for a team undergoing a youth makeover under Scott Skiles.
Finished up a solid summer with 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists Thursday against Toronto. For the five-game set, Alexander averaged 16.6 points and 6.4 boards. Only shot 39.7 percent for the session, which is a disappointment.

-- Art Garcia

July 15 / Day 6
Name: Jerryd Bayless
Team: Blazers
Last seen in the Vegas: MVP of the 2008 Summer League as a rookie, averaging 29.8 points.
Reason for return: The potential point guard of the future needs all the seasoning he can get. Wasn’t a consistent part of the rotation last season, playing about 12 minutes per game. Has all the tools. The emphasis here is making the right plays and showing he can run the team. “I need to be a leader,” Bayless said. “If the shot is open, I’ve got to take it. Last year I knew I could score 30 if I wanted to. Now I’m trying to put people in the right spots.”

-- Art Garcia

July 14 / Day 5
Name: George Hill
Team: Spurs
Last seen in the Vegas: As a rookie first-round pick, Hill shot just 2-of-25 last season.
Reason for return: Continue his work as a floor general and probable Tony Parker backup at point guard. Hill’s playing time cooled some after a strong start to his rookie year, as Gregg Popovich went more with veterans down the stretch. The athletically-gifted Hill is looking to improve the intangibles this season. “I’m just doing what they ask,” said Hill, averaging 20.5 points through two games. “They want me to hustle, be aggressive, play with confidence out there and be a leader. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

-- Art Garcia

July 13 / Day 4
Name: Julian Wright
Team: Hornets
Last seen in the Vegas: The third-year pro is back for his third Summer League stint.
Reason for return: Wright needs to show he belongs after two seasons of limited returns. The 6-foot-8 forward holds career averages of 4.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 12.7 minutes in 111 games (20 starts). He wants to at least double those numbers this season. The athleticism is there for Wright and, up to this point, so is the inconsistency. Now it’s up to the former lottery pick to put it together and emerge as a valuable part of the rotation.

-- Art Garcia

July 12 / Day 3
Name: Russell Westbrook
Team: Thunder
Last seen in the summer: Played in Orlando last year and last week. The second-year point guard wanted to play one game in Vegas before returning to his offseason home in Los Angeles.
Reason for Return: With so many of the Thunder’s Summer League players expected on the regular season roster, it made sense for Westbrook to get some extra work in with his teammates. Oklahoma City’s staff had only planned on the All-Rookie selection leaving the squad after the five-game stint in Orlando. Westbrook is one of the franchise cornerstones along with Kevin Durant. Volunteering to play another game instead of calling it a summer illustrates his commitment to the team and growing sense of leadership.

-- Art Garcia

July 11 / Day 2
Name: Adam Morrison
Team: L.A. Lakers
Last seen in the summer:Charlotte’s No. 3 pick in 2006 suited up that summer in Orlando. An ACL injury kept him out the next two summers.
Reason for Return: Going into the last year of his rookie deal, the Lakers need to find out if Morrison is a keeper. The small forward quickly became an afterthought after being shipped to L.A. during last season, and spent the postseason title run in street clothes. Morrison is using this summer to better learn the triangle offense and prove he belongs in the league. He’s off to a promising start, averaging 23 points, 4.5 rebounds and 32.5 minutes in the first two games.

-- Art Garcia

July 10 / Day 1
Name: Acie Law IV
Team: Golden State
Last seen in Vegas: Law was back as a second-year vet with the Hawks last summer. The former 2007 lottery pick out of Texas A&M was trying to improve on a sub-par rookie season and establish himself as Atlanta’s point guard of the future. Law actually regressed as a sophomore, playing less even less behind Mike Bibby. Law became expendable and was eventually included in the trade that sent Jamal Crawford to Atlanta.
Reason for Return: Now with the Warriors, Law is trying to find a home on a team with four point guards, including No. 7 pick Stephen Curry. The odds may be stacked against him against the left-hander with an off knuckleball jumper. The Warriors could have a decision to make with Law come training camp if he doesn’t overwhelm during Summer League. The front office is high on third-string point C.J. Watson, who is a restricted free agent. Assuming Watson’s return, Law could be traded again or possibly cut.

-- Art Garcia