Vegas Summer League
First-rounders Arron Afflalo and Rodney Stuckey will play for the Pistons in Vegas.
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Record (Atlantic Division):
24-58 (fifth)

Statistical leaders:
Paul Pierce (25.0 ppg)
Al Jefferson (11.0 rpg)
Delonte West (4.4 apg)

Summary: The Celtics endured a disappointing season, winning just 12 games each at home and on the road. Injuries to his elbow and left foot inhibited star guard Paul Pierce, who played in just 47 games on the season. April saw just one win – 98-96 vs. CLE on April 1. The Celtics finished the season by losing their final nine games by an average of 4.8 points.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Celtics are banking on their “big three” of sharpshooter Paul Pierce, big man Al Jefferson and newly acquired seven-time All-Star Ray Allen to lead them back to their historic winning ways. Gone is promising guard Delonte West, but second-year player Rajon Rondo’s development should increase, as will his assist totals. Expert opinion differs on what it will be like with Allen and Pierce on the court together, but one thing is for sure, GM Danny Ainge is trying to make moves to get the team back to Eastern Conference playoff contention.

Summers in Vegas: 4th
Coached: Glenn "Doc" Rivers
Overall Record: 9-7
2006: 3-2
1st Win: 111-103 vs. DEN (July 13, 2004)

2007 DRAFT

Round 2: (32) G Gabe Pruitt, (35) F Glen Davis
Trade:Acquired Ray Allen and draft rights to Davis from SEA in exchange for Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and draft rights to (5) F Jeff Green.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Al Jefferson and former Celtic Delonte West who led the team in rebounds and assists, respectively, last season, were members of the Celtics’ first Vegas summer league team.
*Boston is one of five teams entering its fourth summer in Las Vegas.
(*Jefferson averaged 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game. Jefferson also participated in 2006, averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds in five games. .)

Record (Central Division):
50-32 (second)

Statistical leaders:
LeBron James (27.3 ppg)
Drew Gooden (8.5 rpg)
James (6.0 apg)

Summary: For the second consecutive season, the Cavaliers finished with 50 wins under the leadership of All-Star James. Second year coach Mike Brown and his Cavaliers represented the Eastern Conference in the 2007 NBA Finals after knocking off Washington, New Jersey and perennial power Detroit in the first three rounds of the playoffs. The Cavs met their match in the Finals, bowing to San Antonio 4-0 in June.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
Not many people expected James to lead the Cavs to the finals, but now they will expect to get there. To do that, they must address the need for another scorer and a true point guard. With no draft picks, the Cavs will hit the free agent market to fill their needs. They are hopeful Larry Hughes will be 100% healthy and get back to being the player they signed in free agency two seasons ago. A 2006 second round pick, Daniel Gibson was a bright spot in the playoffs hitting multiple clutch shots and averaging 8.3 points per game in the postseason.

Summers in Vegas: 4th
Ccoached: Melvin Hunt
Overal Record: 9-7
2006: 3-2
1st Win: 76-73 vs. NO (July 7, 2005)

2007 DRAFT

No picks in the 2007 Draft

PLAYER TO WATCH: *Shannon Brown – The 25th overall pick in 2006, Brown will be under watchful eye as the team did not have any draft picks this year. Brown appeared in only 23 games for the Cavs last season, but showed promise when given the opportunity, scoring in double figures twice.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Cleveland is one of only five teams entering its fourth summer in Las Vegas.
*In 2004, the Cavs went 0-5.
*Since 2005, the Cavaliers own the best record of any team to participate in the Vegas Summer League (9-2).
*In 2005, the Cavs finished with a perfect 6-0 record. They are one of only three teams (Houston and Phoenix) to finish a summer with a perfect record.
(*Over the last two summers, the Cavs have held their opponents to just 69.0 points per game, while scoring 73.8 points per game as a team.)

Record (Central Division):
53-29 (first)

Statistical leaders:
Richard Hamilton (18.8 ppg)
Rasheed Wallace (7.7 rpg)
Chauncey Billups (5.7 apg)

Summary: The Pistons entered the postseason as the top seed in the Eastern Conference. After a first round sweep of Orlando and a six-game series with Chicago, the Pistons faced the Cavs in the Conference Finals. The Cavs, led by LeBron James, got the better of a veteran Pistons team. A notable addition to the Pistons’ roster (after the notable exit of center Ben Wallace to CHI last summer) was center Chris Webber - who signed as a free agent on Jan. 16, 2007.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Pistons’ main goal is to re-sign All-Star Chauncey Billups. If they succeed, they could be back atop the Eastern Conference next season. The Pistons got a much needed dose of youth in this year’s draft with athletic swingman Rodney Stuckey from Eastern Washington and UCLA’s Arron Afflalo. Both should strengthen the bench for next season, along with third-year big man Jason Maxiell.

Summers in Vegas: 3rd
Coached: Terry Porter
Overall Record: 5-5
2006: 2-3
1st Win: 73-69 vs. LAC (July 11, 2005)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (15) G Rodney Stuckey, (27) G Arron Afflalo
Round 2: (57) G Sammy Meija

PLAYER TO WATCH:*Cheick Samb – The Pistons traded away Maurice Evans for Samb’s draft rights in last year’s draft. Samb averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds last summer in the league. He played professionally in Spain this past season and added about 30 pounds since last summer. If he plays well, he could be on the roster next season.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Guard Rodney Billups, brother of All-Star guard Chauncey Billups, played for the Pistons’ 2006 summer league team. He averaged 1.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 9.3 minutes in three games last summer.

Record (Central Division):
28-54 (fifth)

Statistical leaders:
Michael Redd (26.7 ppg)
Andrew Bogut (8.8 rpg)
Maurice Williams (6.1 apg)

Summary: The Bucks won just 12 games in 2007 – one more than they won in the month of December – and finished 14th in the East. Injuries plagued the Bucks throughout the season, with Redd appearing in just 53 games. Also inhibited by injuries were Mo Williams (17.3 ppg, 6.1 agp in 63 games), and second year players Andrew Bogut (12.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.0 apg in 66 games) and Charlie Villanueva (11.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg in 39 games).

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Bucks have the talent to compete in the East, they just need the “injury bug” to stay away. With a healthy Bobby Simmons (who missed all of last season), Villanueva and Redd the Bucks have every reason to think that they wont have to worry about ping pong balls next June. If they can agree to terms with Yi, they should have a nice collection of young players and veterans.

Summers in Vegas: 1st
Coached: Tony Brown
2006: N/A
1st Win: N/A

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (6) F Yi Jianlian
Round 2: (56) G Ramon Sessions

DID YOU KNOW?:*The Bucks did not have a team compete in any summer league last year.
(*Forward/guard David Noel played for Dallas’ entry in the Summer Pro League where he averaged 10.0 points in five games. In the team’s final game vs. WAS, he scored 26 points (12-19 FGs, 1-3 3FGs). In the regular season for the Bucks, he contributed 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 68 appearances. )

Record (Atlantic Division):
33-49 (fourth)

Statistical leaders:
Eddy Curry (19.5 ppg)
David Lee (10.4 rpg)

Summary: The Knicks made a 10-game improvement in the win column from the previous season during the 2005-06 season and were in playoff contention for most of the season. They lost 15 of their last 19 games to close the season and miss the playoffs. Curry was a big success for the Knicks, showing the promise they expected when they acquired him from the Bulls.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
Even though the Knicks’ original first round selection (ninth overall) in this year’s draft was the Chicago Bulls’ possession as part of the Eddy Curry trade, New York fans had plenty of reason to cheer on draft night. They were able to snag an athletic forward in Wilson Chandler and pick up a legit 20-point/10-rebound power forward in Zach Randolph from the Blazers in a trade. Randolph will make the Knicks instantly better and will give them to big low-post scorers as he teams with Curry. At the same time they were able to unload the contract of Steve Francis, but had to part with talented youngster Channing Frye. President and Head Coach Isiah Thomas said that the Knicks are one great player away from competing for a championship, so Randolph just may be that piece they think they needed.

Summers in Vegas: 3rd
Coached: Dave Hanners
Overall Record: 8-2
2006: 4-1
1st Win: 90-87 vs. ORL (July 7, 2005)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (23) F Wilson Chandler
Round 2: (53) F Demitris Nichols
Trade:Acquired Zach Randolph, Fred Jones, Dan Dickau and Nichols from POR in exchange for Steve Francis, Channing Frye and a 2008 RD2 pick.

PLAYER TO WATCH: *Renaldo Balkman – The 2006 first-round pick showed his athleticism over 68 games last season, averaging 4.9 points. He hit for 10+ points in four of the last five games in which he appeared at the end of the season.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Over the past two summers, forward David Lee has averaged 13.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game.

Record (Atlantic Division):
35-47 (third)

Statistical leaders:
Andre Iguodala (18.2 ppg)
Samuel Dalembert (8.9 rpg)
Andre Miller (7.3 apg)

Summary: Most notable for the Sixers was the December departure of guard Allen Iverson, who was traded along with Ivan McFarlin to the Nuggets for guard Andre Miller, forward Joe Smith and two 2007 first round picks. Miller made an impact, becoming the team’s leading assist man while chipping in 13.6 points in 57 games (56 starts). Smith also added 9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 25.1 minutes upon his arrival in Philly.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Sixers’ youth movement got a boost with talented players in this year’s draft. The Sixers got an athletic forward in Young, a soft shooting big man in Smith and a deadly long distance shooter in Byars. Igoudala proved that he is becoming the star of the team last season and his leadership will grow next season as the Sixers try to improve from their 35 wins a season ago.

Summers in Vegas: 1st
Coached: Bernard Smith
2006: 4-2 (Rocky Mtn. Revue, Salt Lake)
1st Win: N/A

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (12) F Thaddeus Young; (20) F Jason Smith
Round 2: (42) G/F Derrick Byars; (55) F/C Herbert Hill
Trades: Acquired draft rights to Smith from MIA in exchange for draft rights to (21) G Daequan Cook, a 2009 RD2 pick and cash. Acquired draft rights to Byars and cash from POR in exchange for draft rights to (30) Petteri Koponen. Acquired draft rights to Hill and draft considerations from UTA in exchange for draft rights to (38) Kyrylo Fesenko.

DID YOU KNOW?: *The Sixers’ 4-2 record in the 2006 Rocky Mountain Revue was tops among the six participating teams.
(*In addition to playing in the NBA Summer League, the Sixers will play in Salt Lake City.)

Record (Southeast Division):
41-41 (second)

Statistical leaders:
Gilbert Arenas (28.4 ppg)
Antawn Jamison (8.0 rpg)
Arenas (6.0 apg)

Summary: The Wizards owned a 29-21 record entering February’s break, while Eddie Jordan and his staff coached the Eastern Conference All-Stars. Things turned for the Wizards as injuries forced Arenas to win miss the final nine games of the season and forward Caron Butler to miss 19. The injuries essentially took 47 points per game from the Wizards, as well as their postseason hopes. Playing without Arenas and Butler, the Wizards were swept by the Bulls in the first round.

2007-08 OUTLOOK
The Wizards had a sour ending to a great season and hope that their “big three” of Arenas, Jamison and Butler stays healthy and they are able to compete at full strength come playoff-time. The addition of shooting guard Young should space the floor as he is able to hit the NBA-three with consistency. The All-NBA Second Team Arenas is always entertaining to watch and should continue to help the Wizards climb up the ranks in the Eastern Conference.

Summers in Vegas: 4th
Coached: Mike O'Koren
Overall Record: 6-10
2006: 0-5
1st Win: 111-94 vs. ORL (July 15, 2004)

2007 DRAFT

Round 1: (16) G/F Nick Young
Round 2: (47) F Dominic McGuire

DID YOU KNOW?: *Washington enters its fourth summer in Vegas along with Boston, Cleveland, Denver and Phoenix.
*While the Wizards did not win any games last summer, forward Andray Blatche earned All-League second team honors with averages of 16.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.8 minutes per game.
(*Last summer, along with the Mavericks, the Wizards went winless in Vegas. Washington is one of four teams (Cleveland, Dallas and New Jersey) to record zero-win summers. )

Statistical leaders ('06 FIBA Worlds) :
Yao Ming (25.3 ppg)
Yao (9.0 rpg)
Liu Wei (4.5 apg)

Summary: Team China has won more FIBA Asian Championships (14) than any other nation, including the last four straight and nine of the last 10. In last summer’s FIBA World Championship, Team China fell in the round of 16 to eventual silver medalist, Greece. The team finished 15th among 24 competitors. The team’s most notable participant is, of course, Houston’s Yao Ming. Yao averaged a Championship-best 25.3 points in six games.

Summers in Vegas: 1st
Coached: Jonas Kauslaukas

2007 DRAFT

PLAYER TO WATCH: Liu Wei – Averaged team-high 4.5 apg in the 2006 FIBA Word Championships.

DID YOU KNOW?: *Team China is the first international competitor to play in Las Vegas. The team joins the league after playing an exhibition game in Dallas against the Mavericks’ summer league roster on July 3 on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
*Two members of Team China, forward Yi Jianlian and guard Sun Yue, were drafted by NBA teams in late June. Jianlian was selected by MIL with the sixth overall pick, while Yue was selected by LAL with the 40th overall pick.
(*Jianlian averaged 6.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in last year’s FIBA World Championships. )