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.


Birth Date
College / Home Country
Last Season
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

  • Slick

    Hey what channel with this game be showing on? Anyone know?
    I’ve checked raptors tv schedule on the 13th but it says to other teams are playing at 7:30 instead of the Miami vs toronto game.

    • Guest

      The game is at 10:30 not 7:30…

    • RaptorsAnalyst

      The game is at 10:30 eastern time

  • Rick

    Thanks a bunch guys!!!!!!
    Psycho t is in town. We are getting alot tougher at the bigs position.

  • Slick

    Hey guys so I’ve checked on raptors tv, for the 10:30pm game on Saturday it shows mil vs den.
    Is it gonna be in raptors nba tv or no?

    • Adrian

      Probably not, they weren’t shown until the next day, for some unknown reason. You should call NBATV Canada and ask why they don’t.

  • WhiteVegas

    Here is our 15 man roster as it stands now, guys in (brackets) are likely to be cut/amnestied.

    PG: Lowry, Stone

    SG: Derozan, Ross, (QRich)

    SF: Gay, Fields, Novak, (Kleiza)

    PF: Amir, Hansbrough, Acy

    C: Jonas, Gray, (Camby)

    So assuming we cut/amnesty the guys in brackets, we will have 3 roster spots to fill. The positions of need are PG, SG, and C. A combo SG/SF would work well since Novak and Fields are both part time SF guys. So, guys to watch on the summer league team.

    Trevor Mbakwe. PF/C. 24 years old. He’ll play PF mainly but could play some C. He’s the closest thing to a guy that should have been drafted on the roster so we’re probably giving him a serious look.

    Jordan Taylor. PG. 23 years old. After going undrafted in 2012 he played serious minutes in the Italian league. Could be an option as the 3rd PG.

    Tywain McKee. PG. 27 years old. Went undrafted in 2009 but played heavy minutes and did quite well in Eurocup last year (17.9 pts, 6.1 ast, 5.7 rbd). He’ll battle for the 3rd PG slot.

    Alade Aminu. C. 25 years old. Undrafted in 2009, he’s since been a journeyman tearing up the DLeague for 2 seasons and then playing in the French league. At 25 he’s still relatively young and will be competing for the 3rd C gig.

    Devoe Joseph. SG/PG. 24 years old. Canadian and former Oregon standout. He most recently played in Ukraine and played relatively well. He can stroke the 3 and shoots a decent FG%. He’ll compete for the 3rd SG spot and possibly the 3rd PG spot.

    Micah Downs. SG/SF. 26 years old. Went undrafted in 2009 and has bounced around Europe and most recently the DLeague. He’s got great size (6’9″) and can stroke the 3. He’ll compete for the 3rd SG slot, with bonus points since he can also man the 3.

    Mark Lyons. PG. 24 years old. Former Xavier and Arizona standout who went undrafted this year. He can score from all over the court and shoots a decent 3 ball, but isn’t the greatest passer. He has a ridiculous wingspan for his height so might be able to become a defensive specialist in addition to the scoring.

    • Slick

      Nice post good info. But do you know anything about the game being televised in nba tv?

  • ezz_bee

    It looks like they’ve got 5 guys who can play point 4 if you don’t count Stone who’s already got a contract… It looks like to me they really want to sign a 3rd stringer from this group, that would mean we’d have to get rid of one contract we currently have.