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.
College / Home Country
|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|
|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|
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