Are you ready to see the first time Kevin Durant drives the lane as a pro? How about the first pass Corey Brewer dishes to Randy Foye? With the draft out of the way, it's time for action in the 2007 NBA summer league, which tips off Friday with a slate of four games in Las Vegas. From July 6-15, a total of 29 games will be televised on NBA TV. is providing live webcasts of every NBA Summer League contest.

But before it all happens, we trolled the league asking teams what they had to offer this year. Most teams responded so check out what to look for from Las Vegas this summer.

Click on a team to find out their thoughts on the 2007 NBA Summer League.

Denver | Golden State | Houston | L.A. Clippers | L.A. Lakers | Memphis | Minnesota | New Orleans | Phoenix | San Antonio | Seattle

EASTERN CONFERENCE: | Boston | Milwaukee | Washington

Dan Tolzman,


Von Wafer: After signing with the Nuggets as a free agent on April 13, Wafer has been referred to by Mark Warkentien, Nuggets VP of Basketball Operations, as Denver’s 2007 draft pick due to the team’s lack of a selection in this year’s draft. Wafer ranked second in the D-League in both scoring (21.0 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (.453, 120-265) for the Colorado 14ers during the 2006-07 season. He currently holds an average of 1.2 ppg in 17 career NBA games with the Lakers and Clippers.
Nikoloz Tskitishvili: A first-round selection of the Nuggets in the 2002 NBA Draft (fifth overall), he has posted averages of 2.9 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 172 career NBA games with Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix. He spent the previous season playing for CSF Sevilla in the ACB League in Spain.
Axel Hervelle: Drafted by the Nuggets in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft, Hervelle has spent the last two seasons playing for Real Madrid in the ACB League in Spain. He averaged 8.7 ppg, and 5.3 rpg in 30 games for Madrid during the 2006-07 season.
Ruben Douglas: Despite leading the nation in scoring (28.0 ppg) as a senior at New Mexico in 2002-03, Douglas went undrafted in the 2003 NBA Draft and has since taken his offensive arsenal overseas. Douglas was named MVP of the 2006 ULEB Cup as he helped lead Dynamo Moscow to its first-ever European title in the club’s 83-year history. He was a member of the Phoenix Suns’ entry in the 2006 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 12.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 2.6 apg in five games.

Denver vs. L.A. Clippers, Sunday, July 8: The Nuggets kick off their 2007 NBA Summer League against a Clipper team featuring rookie forward Al Thornton (the 14th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft). Thornton is the only Lottery pick from this year’s draft that the Nuggets will be facing in Vegas. During his senior season at Florida State, Thornton drew comparisons to Denver’s Carmelo Anthony because of his impressive athletic abilities and offensive skill set for his daunting size (6-8, 220).

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS… … can undoubtedly lead to an NBA roster spot. Nuggets guard/forward Yakhouba Diawara earned himself a free agent contract after averaging 11.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.8 apg in 23.0 minutes, while shooting .553 from the field in Denver’s five summer league games in 2006. Prior to playing with the Nuggets last summer, Diawara had spent the 2005-06 season playing in both France and Italy, including a stint with Climamio Bologna during the 2006 Euroleague. With seven players on this year’s Nuggets summer league entry with no previous NBA experience, the competition is sure to be intense as one of them looks to follow in Diawara’s footsteps.

Kevin Cote,


Brandan Wright: The Warriors made a big draft day trade to acquire the 19-year-old big man, sending team veteran Jason Richardson to Charlotte to complete the deal. Fans will be anxious to see what the highly-touted prospect brings to the table when he takes the floor in Vegas.
Marco Belinelli: Golden State selected Belinelli with the 18th overall pick in the 2007 Draft. A 6-5 guard from Italy, many fans may be unfamiliar with the 21-year-old, other than his array of highlights on YouTube, that is. Seeing him play for the Warriors Summer League team is something fans are definitely looking forward to.
Patrick O’Bryant: The Warriors’ first round pick in 2006, O’Bryant saw limited playing time on a team that made a memorable run into the second round of the playoffs. Still just 21 years old, the seven-footer will look to make big strides this season – beginning with playing big minutes in Vegas.
Kelenna Azubuike: Signed as a free agent in January 2007, Azubuike made the most of his shot with the Warriors, averaging 7.1 points and shooting 43 percent from three-point range. The Kentucky product will likely see a lot of playing time during Summer League as he continues to prove that he can be a valuable asset for Golden State in 2007-08.
Stephane Lasme: Lasme was the Warriors’ third and final pick in this year’s draft (No. 46 overall). Selected out of UMass, Lasme ranked second in the NCAA in blocked shots last season. With teams always in need of a shot-blocking presence, all eyes will be on Lasme’s effect on the defensive end of the floor.

Golden State vs. Seattle, Friday, July 13: The Warriors’ fourth game will see the team go up against the new-look SuperSonics. Seattle made a big splash on draft day by selecting Kevin Durant with the second overall selection, and then trading for the draft rights to Jeff Green, the fifth overall selection. The two young players are expected to be the cornerstone of Seattle’s future, with an immense amount of hype surrounding their arrival. Warrior fans will get to see exactly what all the hype is about when the two teams square off on July 13.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS… … will be covered with exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage on Fans can stay up to date on the team’s activity both on and off the court with our all-access Summer League Blog. Keith Smart, who will be serving as the Warriors Summer League Head Coach, will also check in throughout the team’s stay in Las Vegas with audio updates, analysis and more. And don’t forget, all NBA Summer League games can be seen live on, so Warriors fans won’t have to miss any of the action!

Damien Pierce,


Aaron Brooks: The Rockets were expected to get more size with their first-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Instead, they nabbed one of the smallest players available. Brooks, a 6-foot, 160-pound point guard, will get his first opportunity to show fans why the Rockets chose him with the No. 26 overall pick. The former Oregon star has already impressed the Rockets’ scouts, showcasing his jet-like speed in college and predraft workouts.
Steve Novak: The kid nicknamed “Bomber” can shoot. No one would argue that, especially after Tracy McGrady said the forward was the best pure shooter that he had ever seen. But in order to get more playing time, Novak must continue to develop his all-around game. The forward, who appeared in 35 games last season, could work his way into Rick Adelman’s rotation by adding more muscle and improving his defense.
John Lucas III: The reserve point guard earned himself a roster spot during last summer’s trip to Sin City, averaging 23 points and 7.6 assists in five games. So how could he top that? By continuing to develop his point guard skills. Lucas III has never been shy about attacking the paint, but the key for him this summer is to prove that he can be a floor general as well.
Lior Eliyahu: Eliyahu, a 2006 second-round pick who could potentially become the first Israeli-born player in the NBA, is essentially going to Las Vegas for a tryout. The Rockets are trying to determine if the 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward will be able to make their roster. Eliyahu has a ton of athleticism, but is still developing his shooting touch.
Carl Landry: The former Purdue star, a second-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, has a chance of working his way into Adelman’s rotation since the Rockets need more depth at power forward. He has good touch around the basket and was a solid rebounder in college. Despite his 6-foot-7, 245-pound frame, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey says the forward plays bigger.

Houston vs. L.A. Clippers, Tuesday, July 10: The summer-league opener will stage the debut of Aaron Brooks, Lior Eliyahu and Carl Landry. Landry, though, should have the most interesting night of the trio. He could make his first case for minutes next season by squaring off against L.A.’s Al Thornton, a first-round pick out of Florida State.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS ... ... could be the turning point for a young player. John Lucas III earned himself a contract with the Rockets thanks to his impressive play in Sin City last summer, while Chuck Hayes showed that he was capable of becoming a rotational player. Having improved his conditioning, the once seldom-used power forward showed that he could provide a jolt with his hustle. He gave opponents problems with his low-post defense and showed a willingness to scrap for offensive rebounds. Nearly three months later, Hayes was starting alongside Yao Ming in the Rockets’ frontcourt.

L.A. Clippers:
Dena Beth Krischer,


Paul Davis: Davis saw action in only 31 games last season, averaging 1.6 ppg and 1.4 rpg. Davis’ best game last season included 15 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes vs. San Antonio on Dec. 11. The sophomore center hopes to show he’s big and strong enough to play backup to Chris Kaman in the center spot during the 2007-08 season.
Guillermo Diaz: The Clippers’ 2006 second-round pick spent the last season playing overseas for CEZ Nymburk (Czech Republic), and is a hopeful at the point guard position for the 2007-08 season. Diaz shined last summer during Summer League, averaging 7.0 ppg and 1.3 apg. Al Thornton: The Clippers chose the 6-8 forward from Florida State with their first-round selection instead of a guard, but the versatile scorer will be working hard to show Clipper Nation what he’s got. Thornton averaged 23.5 points per game in ACC play as a senior and played in all 35 games for Florida State, shooting 53 percent from the field.
Jared Jordan: The 6-2 point guard will show off his passing abilities and playmaking skills in Vegas. Jordan led the NCAA in assists in 2006-07 as a senior at Marist, averaging 8.7 assists per game and finishing his career as Marist’s all-time assist leader. Jordan became the first Division I player since Avery Johnson (1986-1988) to lead the nation in assists twice.

L.A. Clippers vs. Memphis, Saturday, July 13: Clippers fans taking their Vegas vacation that weekend will get to see No. 14 pick Al Thornton go up against Memphis’ No. 4 selection Mike Conley, Jr. This game will be broadcast on NBATV for fans not going to Sin City for the weekend.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS... … may or may not stay in Vegas. With Shaun Livingston out until midseason at best, the Clippers are in need of a starting and/or backup point guard. LA’s 2007 second-round pick Jared Jordan, 2006-07 midseason pickup Will Conroy and 2006 second-round pick Guillermo Diaz will all be competing to fill that role. Each will have to prove their ballhandling skills are superior, their vision on the court is impeccable and their playmaking is second to none if they have any hopes to make the 2007-08 Clippers roster. Are any of them starting point guard caliber? That remains to be seen. How these young guards perform in Vegas will have a direct impact on the types of roster moves the Clippers make during free agency.

L.A. Lakers:
Nick Kioski,


Jordan Farmar: The Lakers’ first round pick in 2006 (No. 26) had an up-and-down first season. Coming off the bench, he played valuable minutes early in the Lakers season and then hit the wall. He bounced back with some D-League time (becoming the first player to play in the D-League and NBA on the same day) to start in the playoffs against Phoenix. Jordan is confident bordering on cocky and will surely be looking to cement his place given the Lakers’ drafting of another point guard in the first round this year.
Javaris Crittenton: The Lakers weren’t looking for another young guard, but wouldn’t pass up Crittenton, the freshman from Georgia Tech, with their No. 19 pick in the 2007 draft, whom they had rated much higher. Javaris is a longer guard, more in the Phil Jackson mold, and a fierce competitor. He will be looking to get minutes for the point guard-thin Lakers. The normal learning curve with the triangle offense should be partially offset since Javaris played in the triangle offense all four years in high school (SACA Atlanta).
Sun Yue: The second-round pick at No. 40 (pronounced SOON you-AH) in this year’s draft will be playing with the Chinese National Team (with Yi Jianlian), which is also in the NBA Summer League. Sun is a 6-9 point guard. He has athleticism and vision, but defers to a fault. He is currently the backup point guard on the Chinese National Team and plays for Beijing Aoshen, the team banished to the ABA (playing here in L.A.) from the Chinese domestic league for not releasing him for the national team.

L.A. Lakers vs. Detroit, Saturday, July 14: This game should feature four young guards in Farmar, Crittenton, Rodney Stuckey and Aaron Afflalo. In addition, Farmar and Afflalo formed UCLA’s starting backcourt in their run to the NCAA championship game where they lost to Florida. This is the final game of the Summer League and all four players will be looking to leave on a high note going into the summer and training camp.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS... … The Lakers’ roster is pretty full, so there aren’t likely to be additional signings based on summer league play. That means all the focus will be on Farmar vs. Crittenton and who will be the starter or first guy off the bench (should the Lakers acquire veteran help) for the Lakers next season. Both players are confident, but still evidence their youth, so whoever can demonstrate a steady hand will likely get the nod.

Graham Kendrick,


Mike Conley, Jr.: Conley was the fourth player taken in last week’s draft, and summer league will be the first chance Grizzlies fans have to see him in action. New Head Coach Marc Iavaroni has promised an attacking style of play, and Conley will be the linchpin of that offense. Everyone’s eager to see how quickly he can adapt to the NBA game, and summer league will be the first opportunity to gauge his readiness for the pro game.
Kyle Lowry: Not to be overlooked is last year’s first-round pick. The lightning-quick point guard became a fan favorite in just 10 games last season before going down for the rest of the season with a broken wrist. Summer league will mark his return to action, and fans are anxious to see if he’s back to 100 percent, and if he and Conley can play together in the backcourt.
Rudy Gay: After a slow start last season, Gay came on strong after the All-Star break, when he averaged 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game through the end of the season. Not only are bigger things expected from him in 2007-08, but along with Conley and Lowry, Gay is a major part of the team’s future. The trio will be looking to run their opponents off the floor in Vegas.
Sergei Lishouk: The Grizzlies’ second round pick in 2004, Lishouk played for the team in summer league last year, but like Austin Powers, he remains an international man of mystery. He’s posted respectable numbers in the Ukrainian Superleague, but fans in the U.S. are exposed to about as much of that action as they are to VHS nowadays. Listed at 6-11, 232 pounds, can he be the big body to play alongside Pau Gasol the team has been waiting for?

Memphis vs. Team China, Friday, July 6: Not only is it the first game of summer league and a chance for fans to get their Grizzlies fix, it’s an intriguing matchup against the Chinese national team. The Grizzlies will get their first look at much-hyped but little-seen sixth overall draft pick Yi Jianlian, as well as Sun Yue, drafted by the Lakers in the second round. It will be a good test early on for the Grizzlies.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS… … could get you to Memphis in October. Last year undrafted free agent Tarence Kinsey parlayed an outstanding summer league showing into a training camp invite. Despite suffering an injury that kept him sidelined through much of preseason, he’d impressed coaches enough to make the team. By the end of the season he was starting, and even took home Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for April. Will there be another Tarence Kinsey among this year’s free agents?

Mike Trudell,


Randy Foye: Remember who won the MVP of last year’s Summer League behind his 24.8 ppg? His name starts with an R and ends with an andy Foye. Foye was impressive as a rookie, and according to assistant coaches like Rex Kalamian who’ve been working with him this offseason, the Villanova star has responded very well to additional coaching in workouts this summer. His numbers were comparable to Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy’s in terms of productions vs. minutes played, and perhaps most impressively, he scored 48 percent of his 10.1 ppg in the fourth quarter (398 points). Don’t be surprised if Foye goes MVP like Gretzky yet again in Vegas.
Craig Smith: Smith surprised everyone but himself with a terrific rookie campaign, averaging 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in five starts at the end of the season. He ranked fourth among rookies in scoring (7.4 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.1 rpg), and Minnesota nabbed him at a discount price with the 36th overall selection in the 2006 draft. Smith, like Paris Hilton’s AX black card in Beverly Hills, is far from satisfied. He’s been taking Pilates classes religiously, and he’s trimmed down; his body is much stronger. The Wolves’ brass is excited to see that translate onto the Vegas floor.
Rashad McCants: Vegas holds utmost importance to McCants, who actually requested that he be allowed to play (rare for first-round picks heading into their third season). After showing a great deal of promise as a rookie when his minutes were extended in the spring, Rashad spent the 2006-07 season recovering from major knee surgery. Like Foye and Smith, his face is one that Wolves employees have become accustomed to seeing in the practice facility on a daily basis. Will his explosiveness be where it was? ’Shaddy seems about as hungry as a bear coming out of hibernation to prove it, a fact that could spell trouble for Vegas defenders.
Corey Brewer: Minnesota’s No. 7 overall pick in last week’s draft has already shown himself to be a winner on the floor (Final Four MVPs are chill), but we’re also excited for other people to interview him. He’s hilarious. Seriously ... talk to him. But of course, fans should be excited to see him playing five-on-five against NBA competition. His game flourishes in the open court on offense, and he may be among the top defenders in Nevada. Seeing him operate with the three aforementioned young guns is equally appealing, as we literally be watching the future of the franchise together for the first time under the Vegas lights.

Minnesota vs. New Orleans, Monday, July 9: We’re currently negotiating with CP3 to make sure he’s there when the Wolves take on the Hornets in the first Summer League contest. Here in Minnesota, everyone wants to see how much Randy Foye has improved, and what better way to judge than to go against Chris Paul? Chances are CP3 won’t be there, but it’ll still be fun to watch Corey Brewer go against Julian Wright, whom the Hornets were quite pleased to grab at No. 13. The two worked out against each other here in Minnesota in 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 sessions, but both are better in the open court. Another fun one comes to you on NBA TV on July 14, when the Wolves face Memphis, and new Grizz point guard Mike Conley, Jr. gets to see Foye up close and personal.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS… … didn’t stay in Vegas in our case, as the skills Randy Foye previewed in his MVP performance leaked out during the regular season. He hit a few game-winners (like his runner against the Bulls in January) and showed feats of stupid athleticism (like jumping over a Phoenix Sun’s back for a crucial OT tip in February), but saw only 23 minutes per game of hardwood. The point is, he’s going to get a lot better. This year in Vegas, Foye will have more talent around him this year – with McCants, Smith and Brewer wanting the rock too – so expect his assist numbers to climb as he runs the Wolves’ show.

New Orleans:
Jim Eichenhofer,


Julian Wright: The Hornets were ecstatic when the Kansas sophomore slipped to the No. 13 overall pick, after they’d ranked Wright as the sixth-best prospect in the draft. In summer league, head coach Byron Scott wants to see the 6-foot-8 forward display his multi-dimensional skills. Wright’s all-around game caused Scott to liken the 20-year-old to Dallas jack-of-all-trades Josh Howard.
Marcus Vinicius: A second-round pick in 2006, the Brazilian is a popular choice among team observers as the Hornet most likely to be the club’s most improved player in 2007-08. Summer league is important for the 6-8 forward, particularly after he appeared in just 13 NBA games as a rookie. The 23-year-old gained confidence after an excellent D-League stint (16.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and the language barrier became less of an issue.
Hilton Armstrong: The 2006 lottery pick from Connecticut hopes to build off an encouraging close to his rookie season. His playing time and aggressiveness increased in April, when he averaged 18 minutes and shot 63 percent from the field. Pay close attention to his offense, an area where he has more potential than many realize – he was often a fifth option in college on some ultra-talented UConn teams. Fellow 2006 first-round pick Cedric Simmons will miss summer league after sustaining an ankle injury in practice Tuesday.
Adam Haluska: The Iowa guard quietly was the Big Ten’s leading scorer in 2006-07 (20.5 points per game) and could help fill the Hornets’ need for more accurate perimeter shooting. The 6-foot-5 second-round pick is also an underrated athlete. Scott raves about the four-year college player’s intensity.

New Orleans vs. Golden State, Saturday, July 7: Hornets fans making the trip to Las Vegas will get their initial glimpse at first-round pick Julian Wright in action during the team’s summer-league opener, against the always-entertaining Warriors. All five Hornets games in Las Vegas will be broadcast online via webcasts.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS... … can have a permanent impact on a player’s career. Former Hornets guard Kirk Snyder was traded to Houston midway through summer league in 2006 after a couple shaky performances. The other noteworthy Hornets development from 2006: Peja Stojakovic officially signed his free-agent deal in Las Vegas, shortly after one of the Hornets’ summer-league games.

Brad G. Faye,


Alando Tucker: Heading into the 2007 offseason, among the Suns’ priorities was adding a defender who could guard the perimeter. In his career as a Wisconsin Badger, the guard proved he could do that and a whole lot more. With a knack for getting to the free throw line, look for the Big Ten Player of the Year to also provide the Summer Suns with some offensive punch.
D.J. Strawberry: After seeing an increase in production in each of his four seasons at Maryland, and testing as the best athlete at the Orlando Pre-Draft camp in early June, many didn’t expect the guard to fall to the 59th overall pick in the 2007 Draft. Phoenix is hoping the son of former Major League Baseball All-Star Darryl Strawberry can prove those teams who passed on him were wrong, a process which will begin this summer under the tutelage of Suns assistant coach Phil Weber.
Marcus Banks: After playing just 45 games for Phoenix during the 2006-07 season, Banks is looking to play a bigger role with the Suns during the 2007-08 campaign. The fourth-year pro showed signs of comfort in the offense last season, including a season-high 21-point performance in Seattle on Feb. 14. Banks could be looking to emerge as more of a leader via the Summer League, as he enters competition among the few veterans on the Phoenix roster.

Phoenix vs. Portland, Saturday, July 14: The 29th and 59th overall picks for the Suns go up against the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Greg Oden. For the Blazers, the contest will give their up-and-coming roster a shot at a team which has had their number the past several seasons – the three-time defending Pacific Division champion Suns. Fans in the Valley may want to take advantage of the Saturday affair and make the drive up to Vegas for Phoenix’s second-to-last contest of the summer.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS… … After missing most of the 2005-06 campaign with two separate knee surgeries, All-Star center Amaré Stoudemire used the 2006 summer league to begin his comeback tour. Playing in three of Phoenix’s five Vegas contests, the 6-10 big man finished with averages of 20.7 points and six rebounds on his way to earning First Team all-league honors. STAT’s regular season that followed was highlighted by an All-Star appearance and All-NBA First Team selection.

San Antonio:
Ben Hunt,


Marcus Williams: The only Spurs draft pick expected to be at the NBA Summer League will bring high energy to the team’s perimeter. At the collegiate level, Williams produced double-digit scoring efforts in 49 of his 63 games for the Arizona Wildcats, while scoring 16 or more points and grabbing seven or more rebounds in 31 of those games. The 2007 second-round pick’s versatility extends to the offensive and defensive ends of the court. He has displayed an impressive mid-range game and has the ability to beat defenders off the dribble. Over the past couple of seasons in Tucson, Williams was known as a tireless worker and the best-conditioned player on the Wildcats’ roster.
James White: A long perimeter player who makes high-energy plays. White can score in bunches and make his way to the hoop off the dribble. He appeared in six games with the Spurs during the course of the 2006-07 season, scoring a career-high 17 points at Memphis on April 16. White made a couple of trips back and forth between San Antonio and Austin where he played in the D-League with the Austin Toros. White appeared in 15 games (11 starts) with the Toros, averaging 16.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.67 steals in 34.4 minutes. He was selected to the 2007 NBA Development League All-Star Game, but did not play due to being called up by the Spurs.
Jackie Butler: Entering his fourth season in the NBA, Butler has appeared in 69 games over the course of his career, including 11 last season for the Spurs. Butler will more than likely be the Spurs’ post presence in their 2007 Summer League games. Last season, the 6-foot-10 center had his best game statistically against the Grizzlies with 12 points and 10 rebounds on April 16.

San Antonio vs. Cleveland, Saturday, July 7: Spurs fans making the trip to Las Vegas will get a glimpse at the Spurs’ summer league squad against the defending Eastern Conference champions in a rematch of the NBA Finals.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS... … doesn’t always translate to what happens in San Antonio. The Spurs’ roster has been one of the most consistent over the past few years with very minimal player movement. In 2006, the Spurs announced the signing of backup point guard Jacque Vaughn in the week prior to summer league play.

Kevin Pelton,


Kevin Durant: As the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, Durant needs no introduction. After a year of terrorizing opponents in the Big 12 as the consensus NCAA Player of the Year, Durant will make his professional debut in Las Vegas. Along with Portland’s Greg Oden, Durant will be one of the most-watched players in the league.
Jeff Green: Had he not been selected alongside Durant, Green would be a huge deal in his own right. The Big East Player of the Year, Green was selected fifth overall by the Boston Celtics and traded to the Sonics on Draft night in a deal that sent All-Star Ray Allen Eastward. Green and Durant should be playing together for years to come, and the two Maryland natives will get their first chance in Vegas. Mouhamed Sene: A year ago, Sene showed flashes of brilliance in the Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League. The 10th pick of the 2006 Draft, Sene played 28 games as a rookie, starting three. He has tremendous potential as a shot-blocker, but remains very raw. This summer will give the organization and fans an idea of Sene’s development.
Mickaël Gelabale: The French swingman, a second-round pick in 2005, was a regular for the Sonics during much of his rookie season. A glue-type player, Gelabale isn’t likely to put up big numbers during the NBA Summer League. The big questions are how he will fit in alongside Durant and Green and how his three-point range is coming along.
Johan Petro: Gelabale’s fellow Frenchman has been able to work out in Seattle for much of the off-season. During his sophomore campaign, Petro developed into a very effective scorer from the high post. It’s defense and decision-making that are the areas of focus for Petro.

Seattle vs. Portland, Sunday, July 15: The NBA Summer League will close with its most anticipated game, Durant and Oden squaring off for the first of countless times over the next two decades. The game will be televised on NBA TV as well as locally in Seattle on FSN Northwest.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS... … will be happening for the first time. The Sonics spent the last three years playing in the Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League and will head to Utah for three games after completing their schedule in Las Vegas. Thanks to the presence of Durant and a second top-five pick in Green, the Sonics will be closely scrutinized during the summer. Three of their five games will be on NBA TV. Also look for complete coverage from SUPERSONICS.COM.

Peter Stringer,


Rookies Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Gabe Pruitt are worth keeping an eye on. With such a young roster, the Celtics will have some tough choices to make with regard to their 15-man roster this October. And for fans hoping to see Allan Ray play alongside Ray Allen in 2007-08, Vegas could have an impact on where the second-year man ends up this season. Ray spent some time in the D-League but got a decent look when the injuries mounted at the end of last season, but he’ll likely be competing for a spot with Pruitt. Leon Powe and Davis may have a similar position battle on their hands as well. Of the non-roster players on the Celtics’ summer squad, Torin Francis has good size at 6-11 and 252 pounds, so he’ll likely get a long look from the C’s as well.

Boston vs. Team China, Wednesday, July 11: While the Celtics open up their summer slate against Greg Oden and the Trail Blazers on Friday, July 6, we think this is the game you can’t miss. Yi Jianlian got a long look from the Celtics around the draft, and given his current status with the Milwaukee Bucks, he’ll be getting plenty of attention throughout summer league. Should we believe the hype or will Yi be a bust? Only time will tell but fans will get an early look at the Asian sensation in Vegas.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS… … will be broadcast live on Fox Sports New England and covered by, so you won’t miss a minute of the action. And it’s worth paying attention. Ryan Gomes and Gerald Green were especially impressive last summer, foreshadowing some of their regular season development. Green showed off his new three-point range last summer and started the NBA season off strong behind the arc. Meanwhile, Gomes has been working on adding the three to his game since the spring, so you may see him stepping out deeper on the perimeter in Vegas. Finally, Rajon Rondo hopes to build off his end-of-the-season momentum as he heads into his sophomore campaign.

Matt Wessel,


Ramon Sessions: The 6-3 guard from Nevada will look to make a name for himself down in Las Vegas. With Milwaukee’s point guard position uncertain due to free agency, this is a perfect opportunity for a guy like Sessions to show the Bucks staff what he can do. He averaged 12.3 points last season as a college junior, improved his three-point shooting, but also tallied 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds. Basketball minds have commented on his ability to take care of the ball and set up his teammates, both factors that would go a long way on a team with a scoring machine like Michael Redd.
Lynn Greer: Coming off of his first full NBA season, Greer is looking for bigger and better things in 2007-08. After spending a good portion of the beginning of last season on the inactive list, Greer came off the bench in 41 games. He averaged 8.1 points over the final 10 games of the season, including a career-high 19 against the Hornets on April 3. He’s been working out with the team’s assistant coaches at the Bucks’ training center this summer and is hoping to display even more next season, including a shooting touch that had him average 22.6 points per game in Italy in 2005-06. And like Sessions, he’s a guard with a big opportunity to use Vegas as a forum to show off his skill sets.
David Noel: The former Tar Heel came off the bench in 68 games for the Bucks last season. The 6-6 forward was often used as a defensive specialist late in games, something he carried over from his college days when he was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team his senior year. He averaged 7.1 points over the final 10 games of last season after his playing time went up. The former slam dunk champion is as athletic as they come and the Bucks are hoping to see him improve his overall game.
Chris McCray: Remember him? He was a member of the Bucks roster for the first two months of last season. He was waived on Jan. 4 after appearing in only five games. The 6-5 guard from Maryland can be a pretty talented scorer. He averaged 15.2 points his senior year of college, shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 89.7 percent from the free throw line.

Milwaukee vs. Seattle, Wednesday, July 11: This one is kind of an easy one. Bucks fans hanging out in the Vegas area will have a chance to watch Kevin Durant, the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, along with the rest of the Sonics summer squad. For those who aren’t in Vegas, you can watch the last two games of the Milwaukee summer slate on NBA TV: July 13 (vs. Boston, 5 p.m. PT) and July 15 (vs. Washington, 1 p.m. PT).

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Nick Young: Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld was pleasantly surprised to see Nick Young available at the 16th pick. The former USC guard will look to show off his athleticism and scoring prowess that made him a household name at USC. An early-entry candidate in the 2007 NBA Draft, Young was a First Team All-Pac 10 selection in his sophomore and junior seasons. Young ranked among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring (17.5 ppg, 2nd), three-point field goal percentage(.440, 2nd) and field goal percentage (.525, 5th) last season. He has an excellent mid-range game and a fluid jump shot that will make him a viable scoring option and exciting player to watch in his summer league debut.
Oleksiy Pecherov: Washington’s 2006 first round pick averaged 12.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and 7.6 rebounds for the Wizards’ summer league team last year. At 7-0, Pecherov is a tough rebounder and possesses exceptional range that stretches beyond the three-point arc. A native of Ukraine, Pecherov averaged 12 points and eight rebounds for BC Kyiv last season. Pecherov, 21, added 10 pounds of muscle to his frame as he prepares for his first season in the NBA.
Dominic McGuire: Selected in the second round by the Wizards (47th overall), McGuire will bring his length and excellent rebounding and shot blocking skills to Washington. He ranked fifth in the nation in blocked shots (3.6 bpg) during the 2006-07 season. While at Fresno State, McGuire recorded a triple-double (14 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks) in a game vs. San Diego.

Washington vs. Sacramento, Tuesday, July, 10: This will be the first opportunity for Wizards fans to catch a glimpse of 2007 first round draft pick Nick Young and the return of 2006 first-rounder Oleksiy Pecherov. For the first time, Wizards summer league games will be shown locally on Comcast Sportsnet. Log on to for more information regarding the airing of Washington Wizards summer league games.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS… … In last year’s summer league, Wizards forward Andray Blatche, a then-second year forward, averaged 16.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. During the 2006-07 campaign, Blatche made 13 starts and averaged 6.9 points (50 percent from the field), 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.