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2017 Orlando Pro Summer League Rosters

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The 2017 Orlando Pro Summer League will kick off on July 1 and run through July 6 and will feature eight NBA teams.

The 20-game, six-day event will feature a team from the Orlando Magic, along with the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

All summer league games will be aired live on NBA TV.

Here are the rosters (subject to change):

Charlotte Hornets

Player Position Height Weight From
Dwayne Bacon G/F 6’7 221 Florida State
Tyrell Corbin G 6’1 185 CSU-Bakersfield
Anthony Gill F 6’8 230 Virginia
Treveon Graham G/F 6’5 219 VCU
Kris Joseph F 6’7 210 Syracuse/Canada
Przemek Karnowski C 7’1 300 Gonzaga/Poland
Mangok Mathiang F/C 6’10 230 Louisville/Australia
Malik Monk G 6’3 200 Kentucky
Johnny O’Bryant F 6’9 257 LSU
Quinton Stephens F 6’9 196 Georgia Tech
Rasheed Sulaimon G 6’4 194 Maryland
Briante Weber G 6’2 165 VCU
Tai Webster G 6’4 195 Nebraska/New Zealand
Devin Williams F 6’9 255 West Virginia
Gabe York G 6’3 190 Arizona

Dallas Mavericks

Player Position Height Weight From
Jaime Smith G 6’3 185 Alabama-Huntsville
Keith Hornsby G 6’4 210 LSU
Ding Yanyuhang F 6’7 200 Shandong/China
Cat Barber G 6’1 173 NC State
Dwight Buycks G 6’3 190 Marquette
Ismael Bako C 6’10 210 Stella Artois Leuven Bears/Belgium
Brandon Ashley F 6’9 230 Arizona
Christian Wood F 6’11 220 UNLV
Jameel Warney F 6’7 259 Stony Brook
Brandon Paul G 6’4 200 Illinois
Luis Montero G 6’7 200 Westchester CC (NY)/Dominican Republic
Satnam Singh C 7’2 290 IMG Academy (FL)/India
Jonathan Motley F 6’10 230 Baylor

Detroit Pistons

Player Position Height Weight From
Lorenzo Brown G 6’5 189 North Carolina State
Will Davis II F 6’8 220 UC Irvine
Henry Ellenson F 6’11 245 Marquette
Trey Freeman G 6’2 185 Old Dominion
Michael Gbinije G/F 6’7 200 Syracuse
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F 6’6 215 Temple
Pierre Jackson G 5’10 180 Baylor
Luke Kennard G 6’6 206 Duke
Markus Kennedy F 6’9 245 Southern Methodist
Eric Moreland C 6’10 238 Oregon State
Landry Nnoko C 6’10 255 Clemson/Cameroon
Marcus Simmons G 6’6 220 USC
Hollis Thompson F 6’8 206 Georgetown
Mike Tobey C 7’0 260 Virginia
Dez Wells G 6’5 213 Maryland
Derek Willis F 6’9 228 Kentucky

Indiana Pacers

Player Position Height Weight From
Rakeem Christmas F 6’9 255 Syracuse
Isaac Hamilton G 6’4 194 UCLA
Chris Johnson F 6’6 206 Dayton
T.J. Leaf F 6’10 225 UCLA
Travis Leslie G 6’4 205 Georgia
Augusto Cesar Lima F 6’10 234 Brazil
Naz Long G 6’4 209 Iowa State
Jordan Loyd G 6’4 210 University of Indianapolis
Trey McKinney-Jones G 6’5 220 Miami (FL)
Ben Moore F 6’8 205 Southern Methodist
Georges Niang F 6’8 235 Iowa State
Bubu Palo G 6’1 181 Iowa State
Jarnell Stokes F 6’9 255 Tennessee
Joe Young G 6’2 185 Oregon

Miami HEAT

Player Position Height Weight From
Bam Adebayo C/F 6’10 245 Kentucky
Zach Auguste F/C 6’10 240 Notre Dame
Gian Clavell G 6’4 185 Colorado State/Puerto Rico
Zak Irvin F 6’6 215 Michigan
Eric Mika C 6’10 230 BYU
Lamond Murray Jr. F 6’5 200 Pepperdine
Jake Odum G 6’4 180 Indiana State
Norvel Pelle C 6’11 210 Varese (Italy)/Antigua
London Perrantes G 6’2 197 Virginia
Justin Robinson G 5’8 175 Monmouth
Sebastian Saiz F 6’9 240 Ole Miss/Spain
Shavon Shields+ F/G 6’7 225 Nebraska
Okaro White F 6’8 215 Florida State
Matt Williams G 6’5 210 Central Florida

New York Knicks

Player Position Height Weight From
Jamel Artis F 6’7 213 Pittsburgh
Canyon Barry G 6’6 215 Florida
Damyean Dotson G 6’6 205 Houston
Nigel Hayes F 6’8 254 Wisconsin
Ognjen Jaramaz G 6’4 181 Mega Leks/Serbia
Dominique Jones G 6’4 215 USF
Luke Kornet F 7’1 250 Vanderbilt
Louis Labeyrie F 6’10 200 Paris Levallois
Maurice Ndour F 6’9 200 New York/NBA
Frank Ntilikina G 6’5 190 Strasbourg/France
Marshall Plumlee C 7’0 250 New York/NBA
Chasson Randle G 6’2 185 New York/NBA
Xavier Rathan-Mayes G 6’4 208 FSU

Oklahoma City Thunder

Player Position Height Weight From
Markel Brown G 6’3 190 Oklahoma State
Semaj Christon G 6’3 190 Xavier
Dylan Ennis G 6’2 195 Oregon
Terrance Ferguson G 6’7 184 Australia
Daniel Hamilton G/F 6’6 200 Connecticut
Malcolm Hill G 6’6 220 Illinois
Shaquille Hines F 6’7 195 UTRGV
Josh Huestis F 6’7 230 Stanford
Vince Hunter C 6’9 210 UTEP
Dakari Johnson C 7’0 250 Kentucky
Yannis Morin C 6’10 210 France
Marcus Paige G 6’2 175 North Carolina
Domantas Sabonis F 6’10 240 Gonzaga
Rashawn Thomas F 6’8 230 Texas A&M-CC
Marcus Thornton G 6’4 190 William & Mary

Orlando Magic

Player Position Height Weight From
Reggie Cameron 6’7 F 225 Georgetown
Matt Costello 6’9 F 245 Michigan State
Kellen Dunham 6’4 G 205 Butler
Patricio Garino 6’7 G/F 203 Orlando/NBA
Marcus Georges-Hunt 6’6 G 220 Orlando/NBA
Josh Gray 6’1 G 175 LSU
Tyler Harvey 6’4 G 185 FIAT Torino (Italy)
Jonathan Isaac 6’10 F 210 Florida State
Wesley Iwundu 6’7 F 195 Kansas State
Stefan Jankovic 6’11 F 235 Serbia
Jalen Jones 6’7 F 220 Texas A&M
Kalin Lucas 6’1 G 195 Michigan State
Hassan Martin 6’7 F 235 Rhode Island
Oriol Pauli 6’7 F 185 Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain)
Levi Randolph 6’5 F 208 Scandone Avellino (Italy)
Shevon Thompson 7’0 C 225 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
Derrick Walton Jr. 6’1 G 190 Michigan
Stephen Zimmerman 6’11 C 234 Orlando/NBA

Saturday, July 1, 2017

1st game – 11:00 a.m.       Charlotte @ Miami

2nd game – 1:00 p.m.         Orlando @ Indiana

3rd game – 3:00 p.m.         New York @ Dallas

4th game – 5:00 p.m.         OKC @ Detroit

Sunday, July 2, 2017

1st gam – 1:00 p.m.         New York @  Detroit

2nd game – 3:00 p.m.         Orlando @ Miami

3rd game – 5:00 p.m.         Indiana @ Charlotte

Monday, July 3, 2017

1st game – 1:00 p.m.         New York @ OKC

2nd game – 3:00 p.m.         Orlando @ Dallas

3rd game – 5:00 p.m.         Indiana @ Miami

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

1st game – 1:00 p.m.         Charlotte @ OKC

2nd game – 3:00 p.m.         Indiana @ Dallas

3rd game – 5:00 p.m.         Miami @ Detroit

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

1st game – 1:00 p.m.         Dallas @ OKC

2nd game – 3:00 p.m.         Charlotte @ Detroit

3rd game – 5:00 p.m.         Orlando @ New York

Thursday, July 6, 2017 *Championship Day*

1st game – 8:00 a.m.         8th place @ 7th place

2nd game – 10:00 a.m.       6th place @ 5th place

3rd game – 12:00 p.m.       4th place @ 3rd place

4th game – 2:00 p.m.         2nd place @ 1st place

Basketball Insiders will be reporting from Orlando throughout the week with interviews, insight and updates throughout the day.


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NBA Saturday: Kuzma Is The Main Attraction In Los Angeles

Kyle Kuzma, not Lonzo Ball, is the rookie in L.A. that is turning heads around the NBA.

Dennis Chambers



Out in Los Angeles, there is a dynamite rookie first-round pick lighting it up for the Lakers, invoking memories of the days when the purple and gold had homegrown stars.

That’s Kyle Kuzma. He was the 27th pick in the NBA Draft. Twenty-five picks after Lonzo Ball, the rookie that first sentence would have presumably been about had it been written three months ago.

Ball’s early season struggles are well-noted. He’s missing shots at an all-time bad clip for a rookie, his psyche seems a bit rattled, and he isn’t having the impact most Lakers fans would have hoped he would from the jump.

All of that has barely mattered, though, in large part to the show Kuzma has been putting on just 16 games into the 2017-18 season. In Friday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns, Kuzma put up 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, the most by an NBA freshman so far this year. That performance was Kuzma’s sixth 20-point game of the young season, another rookie best. And to top it all off, Kuzma was the first rookie to reach the 30-point, 10-rebound plateau since none other than Magic Johnson, back in February of 1980.

Kuzma’s path to the NBA was much different than Johnson’s, though, along with his rookie counterpart Ball. Those two prospects were highly-touted “superstar potential” guys coming out of the college ranks. Kuzma? Well, he was a 21-year-old junior out of Utah who didn’t make the NCAA Tournament his last year and was a career 30 percent three-point shooter as an amateur.

The knocks on Kuzma began to change during the NBA Draft process and came to a head for the Lakers when long-time scout Bill Bertka raved about his potential.

“He got all wide-eyed,” Lakers director of scouting Jesse Buss told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “And he said, ‘If this guy isn’t an NBA player, then I don’t know what the f— I’m looking at.'”

The Lakers took a chance on the 6-foot-9 forward who had a rare combination of a sweet shooting stroke to accompany his low-post moves that seemed to be reminiscent of players 20 years his senior.

Fast forward from draft night to the Las Vegas Summer League, and everyone could see with their own two eyes the type of player Los Angeles drafted. The numbers were startling: 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.1 steals, and 48 percent from beyond the arc out in Sin City for Kuzma, all capped off by a Summer League championship game MVP.

Summer League stats should be taken with a grain of salt, but what Kuzma did in July was proved he belonged.

Through the first month of Kuzma’s rookie campaign, when the games are actually counting for something, all he’s continued to do is prove that his exhibition numbers in Vegas were no fluke.

After his 30-point outburst, Kuzma now leads all rookies in total points scored (yet still second in scoring average), is fourth in rebounds per game, third in minutes, and third in field goal percentage.

By all accounts, Kuzma is outperforming just about every highly-touted prospect that was taken before him last June, and sans a Ben Simmons broken foot in September of 2016, he would be in line for the Rookie of the Year award if the season ended today.

Following Wednesday night’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, head coach Brett Brown had more than a few nice things to say about Kuzma.

“He’s a hell of a rookie,” Brown told NBC Philly’s Jessica Camerato. “That was a great pick by them.”

Brown went on to commend Kuzma for being “excellent” Wednesday night, when prior to his game Friday against the Suns, Kuzma set a career-high by scoring 24 points.

For all of the praise and the scoring numbers Kuzma is bringing to the Staples Center, his Lakers team sits at just 6-10 on the season, and has been on the wrong end of a number of close games so far this year.

While that’s good for second in the Pacific division right now, behind only the Golden State Warriors, it isn’t likely that type of success (or lack thereof) will get the Lakers to the playoffs. So, despite all of the numbers and attention, Kuzma isn’t fulfilling his rookie year the way he had hoped.

“It is cool, but I’m a winner,” Kuzma told Lakers Nation’s Serena Winters. “I like to win, stats don’t really matter to me. I just try to play hard and I want to win.”

Few projected the type of impact Kuzma would have this early on in his career, and even fewer would have assumed he’d be outperforming the Lakers’ prized draft pick in Ball. But surprising people with his game is nothing new to Kuzma.

From Flint, Michigan, to Utah, to Los Angeles, Kuzma has been turning heads of those that overlooked him the entire time.

With one month in the books as the Los Angeles Lakers’ most promising rookie, Kuzma has all the attention he could’ve asked for now.

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Kelly Olynyk Strengthens the HEAT Bench

David Yapkowitz speaks to Kelly Olynyk about his early showing in Miami.

David Yapkowitz



The past few years, Kelly Olynyk carved out a nice role for himself as an important player off the Boston Celtics bench. He was a fan favorite at TD Garden, with his most memorable moment in Celtic green coming in last season’s playoffs against the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

With Boston pushed to the limit and finding themselves forced into a Game 7, Olynyk rose to the occasion and dropped a playoff career-high 26 points off the bench on 10-14 shooting from the field in a Celtics win. He scored 14 of those points in the fourth quarter to hold Washington off.

He was a free agent at the end of the season, and instead of coming back to the Celtics, he became a casualty of their roster turnover following Gordon Hayward’s decision to sign in Boston. Once he hit the open market he had no shortage of suitors, but he quickly agreed to a deal with the Miami HEAT, an easy decision for him.

“It’s awesome, they got a real good culture here,” Olynyk told Basketball Insiders. “The organization is great, the city is great, the staff from the top down they do a good job here.”

Olynyk was initially the HEAT’s starting power forward to begin the season. In their opening night game, a 116-109 loss to the Orlando Magic, he scored ten points, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out three assists.

The very next game, however, he found himself back in his familiar role as first big man off the bench. In that game, a win over the Indiana Pacers, Olynyk had an even stronger game with 13 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, including 60 percent from three-point range, eight rebounds, and four assists.

Throughout the first eight games of the season, Olynyk was thriving with his new team. During that stretch, he was averaging a career-high 11.4 points per game on a career-high 55 percent shooting from the field and 60. 8 percent from downtown.

“I’m just playing, I’m just playing basketball,” Olynyk told Basketball Insiders. “They’re kind of letting me just play. They kind of let us all just play. They put us in positions to succeed and just go out there and let out skills show.”

For a HEAT team that may not be as talented on paper as some of the other teams in the Eastern Conference, they definitely play hard and gritty and are a sum of their parts. Night in and night out, in each of their wins, they’ve done it off the contributions from each player in the rotation and Olynyk has been a big part of that. Through Nov. 16, the HEAT bench was seventh in the league in points per game with 36.6.

In a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 5, Olynyk was part of a bench unit including James Johnson, Tyler Johnson, and Wayne Ellington that came into the game late in the first quarter. The score at that point was 18-14 in Miami’s favor. That unit closed the quarter on a 16-6 run to put the HEAT up double digits. After that game, head coach Erik Spoelstra recognized the strength of the HEAT bench.

“Our guys are very resilient, that’s the one thing you’ve got to give everybody in that locker room, they’re tough,” Spoelstra said. “This is all about everybody in that locker room contributing to put yourself in a position, the best chance to win. It’s not about first unit, second unit, third unit, we’re all in this together.”

In Boston, Olynyk was part of a similar group that won games off of team play and production from every guy that got in the game. They were also a tough, gritty team and Olynyk has recognized that same sort of fire in the HEAT locker room.

“It’s a group of hard-nosed guys that can really grind it out and play tough-nosed basketball,” Olynyk told Basketball Insiders. “We can go a lot of places. We just got to stick together and keep doing what we do. We can compete with anybody and we just got to bring it every single night.”

At 7-8, the HEAT currently sit outside the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Olynyk has seen a bit of a decrease in playing time, and likewise in production. He’s right at his career average in points per game with 9.5, but he’s still shooting career-highs from the field (54 percent) and from three-point range (47.4).

It’s still very early, though, and only one game separates the 11th place HEAT from the 8th place Magic. The HEAT are definitely tough enough to fight for a playoff spot, especially with Olynyk around helping to strengthen their bench.

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Defensive Player Of The Year Watch – 11/17/17

Spencer Davies updates the list of names to keep an eye on and who’s in contention for DPOY.

Spencer Davies



We’re exactly one month into the season now, as the NBA standings have started to take shape headed into winter.

A couple of weeks ago, Basketball Insiders released its first Defensive Player of the Year Watch article to go in-depth on players that could compete for the prestigious award. Since then, there have been injuries keeping most of the household names out of the picture.

Guys like Rudy Gobert (knee) and Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) have been or will be sidelined for weeks. Kawhi Leonard has yet to make his season debut recovering from a bothersome right quad.

While that isn’t the best news for fans and the league at the moment, it’s likely that those players will be just fine and return with the same impact they’ve always made. In the meantime, there are opportunities for others to throw their names in the hat as elite defenders. With new names and mainstays, here’s a look at six healthy candidates.

6) Joel Embiid

Trusting the Process in Philadelphia was worth the wait. As polished as the seven-footer is with the ball in his hands on offense, he might be even more dangerous as an interior defensive presence.

One of ten players in the NBA averaging at least a block and a steal per game, Embiid makes a world of a difference for in limiting opponents. Through 14 games, the Philadelphia 76ers are allowing just 96.4 points per 100 possessions with him playing. Furthering that, he’s the only one on the floor who dips the team’s defensive rating below 100 and has the second-highest Defensive Real Plus-Minus rating (3.03) in the NBA.

5) Kristaps Porzingis

Like Embiid, it’s been an incredible season for the one called The Unicorn. Before the season started, Porzingis stated it was a goal of his to accomplish three things—an All-Star game appearance, Most Improved Player, and Defensive Player of the Year.

So far, he’s on the right track. Outside of being the league’s third-highest scorer (28.9 points per game), the Latvian big man is hounding and deterring shot attempts nearly every time inside. According to SportVU data, Porzingis is allowing his opponents to only convert 35.1 percent of their attempts at the rim, which is the lowest by far among his peers seeing at least four tries per game. Oh, and when he’s off the floor, the Knicks have a 112.4 defensive rating, which is 9.3 more points per 100 possessions than with him on.

4) Nikola Jokic

At the beginning of the season, it looked like the same old story with the Denver Nuggets defense, but their intensity has stepped up on that end of the floor for the past couple of weeks. Playing next to new running mate Paul Millsap has taken some getting used to, but it seems like the two frontcourt partners have started to mesh well.

Though it might not have been the case a season ago, the Denver Nuggets are a net -12.4 per 100 possessions defensively without Jokic on the court as opposed to a team-best 100.1 defensive rating with him on. A huge knock on the Serbian sensation last year and before then was his inability to defend. He’s still got things to work on as a rim protector with his timing, but the progress is coming. He’s seventh in the league in total contested shots (168) and has been forcing turnovers like a madman. Averaging 1.6 steals per game, Jokic has recorded at least one takeaway in all but two games.

3) Draymond Green

In the first DPOY watch article, the Golden State Warriors had been better off defensively with Green sitting. That right there should tell you how much we can really put into data in small sample sizes. It’s changed dramatically since that point in time.

Without Green playing, the Golden State Warriors have a defensive rating of 105.4 as opposed to 98.4 on the same scale with him on the floor. His matchups are starting to grow weary of driving on him again, as he’s seen less than four attempts at the basket. Currently, in DRPM, he ranks eighth with a 2.60 rating.

2) Al Horford

The Boston Celtics are still the number one team in the NBA in defensive rating. Horford is still the straw that stirs the drink for Brad Stevens. If you didn’t see that watching that knockdown, drag-it-out game against the Warriors on Thursday, go back and watch it.

He has the highest net rating on the team among starters and is leading the team by altering shots and grabbing rebounds with aggressiveness we haven’t seen since he played for the Atlanta Hawks. Ranking fourth in Defensive Box Plus-Minus and in DRPM, Horford is continuing to make his presence felt.

1) DeMarcus Cousins

Dominance is the word to describe Cousins’ game. With a month-long absence of Gobert, he has a real chance to show fans and voters that his defensive side of him is no façade.

Next to his partner Anthony Davis, Boogie has kept up the physicality and technique of locking up assignments. The third and final member of this list averaging at least a block and steal per game, Cousins is at the top of the mountain in DRPM with a 3.13 rating.

The New Orleans Pelicans significantly benefit with him on the hardwood (102.3 DRTG) as opposed to him on the bench (112.7 DTRG). He’s one of six players in the league seeing more than six attempts at the rim, and he’s allowed the lowest success percentage among that group. He’s also contested 193 shots, which is the second-most in the NBA.

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