The NBA's Orlando iteration of Summer League in full swing, but a number of teams including the 76ers have Las Vegas on the brain. Courtesy of an announcement via the team's official website, the mini-camp invitees and several likely roster members have been made known to the public.
Here are the parties in question, with some notes on a few notable names:
- Brandon Davies -- Exciting news for Michael Levin, who may or may not be plotting the kidnapping of Davies, in a real, bizarro recreation of Celtic Pride
- Adonis Thomas
- Garrick Sherman
- Scottie Wilbekin
- Devon Saddler -- Giving credit to the University of Delaware is tough for a West Chester graduate, but local love always plays around these parts. Saddler has a long wingspan and improved his shooting stroke to a respectable 36 percent from deep during his final year at UDel, so perhaps he can stick around for a bit.
- Elijah Millsap -- Younger brother of Paul Milsap, the versatile forward currently tearing it up with the Atlanta Hawks. Little bro has been plying his trade overseas, where he once lost his spot on the Shanghai Sharks in favor of Gilbert Arenas.
- Tyreek Duren -- One of many undersized scoring guards you'll see at Summer League, Duren is best remembered for his role in the Lasalle Explorers NCAA Tournament run in 2013. Hopefully he puts on a show.
- Tim Frazier
- Drew Gordon
- Elijah Johnson
- Jamelle Hagins
- Sean Kilpatrick
- Rhahlir Hollis-Jefferson -- When "R. Hollis-Jefferson" flashed across Twitter, I thought I had missed major news on Chester product Rondae Hollis-Jefferson jumping to the league post draft. Turns out it was older brother Rhahlir, who just finished up his senior season at Temple in 2013. This has to be a problem in the Hollis-Jefferson household as well.
- Jordan McRae -- The Sixers second round pick was an all-around scorer in college, who the Sixers will hope can develop into more of a knockdown shooter... sound familiar?
@PatrickWall_NFL Noel, McDaniels, and Grant are expected to be in Vegas, they're just not at mini-camp, since they're down in Orlando now— Max Rappaport (@MaxRappaport) July 7, 2014
That means you should be getting double the pleasure from K.J. McDaniels, Jerami Grant and wunderkind Nerlens Noel, which should help shine up a roster filled with guys fighting to make their way into the league. Any viewing of Noel is welcome around these parts, particularly after having to wait a year for his services.
Beyond my natural instinct for booing Penn State and Notre Dame guys (sorry, Tim and Garrick) this should be a fun group. If there's any LOCAL GUYS or unheralded players you feel deserve to be there instead, shout it out in the comments.