The Raptors, coached by Nick Nurse (totally not a sitcom), will play in the Vegas Summer League. The roster was announced on the official dot com. Besides first-teamers such as Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross and Quincy Acy, the notables include: Coby Karl, son of George Karl, Canadian Devoe Joseph, and new signing Julyan Stone.

Usually these are pretty token games played for the sake of playing, but this year with the Raptors above and beyond the salary cap and only able to sign minimum-salaries players, the showing here takes on greater importance.

Summer-league performances have never been an indicator of regular season throughput for any Raptor thus far (remember Smush Parker?), but I’d say of the three main Raptors here, something is to be monitored:

Jonas Valanciunas: See how his rebounding position has improved, is he working on something else on his offensive repertoire? Would love to see a drop-step added to his game so he becomes more of a post option. His passing at the top of the key is also something to keep an eye on.

Terrence Ross: Has he finally adjusted to the three-point shot and do his jumpers land within 3 feet of the rim? Can he flourish in one-on-one situations, and on the break. He’s got to be able to show more than a fledgling three-point shot to earn minutes, and needs to dominate some games to re-familiarize himself with Raptors fans.

Quincy Acy: Keep doin’ what ya doin’.

The rest will be fighting for a training camp invite, with hopes of following in the hallowed footsteps of Sonny Weems and Jamario Moon.

Roster

No.
Name
Pos.
Ht.
Wt.
Birth Date
College / Home Country
Last Season
Yrs.
1 Trevor Mbakwe F 6-8 245 1/24/1989 Minnesota / USA Minnesota (NCAA) R
2 Jordan Taylor G 6-1 195 9/30/1989 Wisconsin / USA Acea Virtus RM (Italy) R
3 Ricky Harris G 6-2 175 8/12/1987 Massachusetts / USA Biancoblu BO (Italy) R
4 Quincy Acy F 6-7 235 10/6/1990 Baylor / USA Toronto Raptors (NBA) 1
5 Julyan Stone G 6-7 200 12/7/1988 Texas-El Paso / USA Denver Nuggets (NBA) 2
6 Tywain McKee G 6-2 180 3/7/1986 Coppin State / USA Triumph (Russia) R
7 Chris Wright F 6-8 225 9/30/1988 Dayton / USA Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League) 1
8 Coby Karl G 6-5 215 6/8/1983 Boise State / USA Idaho Stampede (NBA D-League) 2
9 Alade Aminu C 6-10 225 9/14/1987 Georgia Tech / USA Karsiyaka (Turkey) R
13 Devoe Joseph G 6-4 180 6/21/1989 Oregon / Canada Khimik (Ukraine) R
17 Jonas Valanciunas C 7-0 240 5/6/1992 Lietuvos Rytas / Lithuania Toronto Raptors (NBA) 1
20 Micah Downs F 6-8 200 9/8/1986 Gonzaga / USA Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League) R
21 Gregory Echenique G 6-9 260 11/23/1990 Creighton / Venezuela Creighton (NCAA) R
31 Terrence Ross G 6-7 195 2/5/1991 Washington / USA Toronto Raptors (NBA) 1
32 Mark Lyons G 6-1 200 7/4/1989 Arizona / USA Arizona (NCAA) R

Schedule

Date Event Location Time (Local Pacific)
Wednesday, July 10 Practice De Sol High School 9-10:30 a.m. (media following)
Thursday, July 11 Practice De Sol High School 9-10:30 a.m. (media following)
Friday, July 12 Practice De Sol High School 9-10:30 a.m. (media following)
Saturday, July 13 Shootaround De Sol High School 10-11 a.m. (no media availability)
Game 1 vs. Miami Thomas & Mack 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 14 Game 2 vs. San Antonio Thomas & Mack 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 Game 3 vs. Sacramento COX Pavilion 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17 Playoffs – Round 1 TBD TBD
Thursday, July 18 Playoffs – Round 2 TBD TBD