The Las Vegas Summer League starts Friday, July 12th. Be sure to check out nba.com for all the details, but here is the schedule:
Dallas has already started to fill out their summer league roster. As mentioned here, Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo are expected to be in action, and they may be joined by Temple guard Khalif Wyatt:
Per his agent, former Temple Owl Khalif Wyatt will play for the Dallas #Mavericks in the Vegas Summer League.— Nick Menta (@cnmenta) June 28, 2013
Wyatt just wrapped up his senior season with the Owls, where he won Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. The 6'4 off guard is described as an old-school type of player, who shoots well and uses craftiness and guile to score. Given his ball skills, I am curious if an attempt will be made to try him at the point, though the Sixers may be more likely to consider that than Dallas.
Joining Khalif may be another accomplished undrafted senior prospect, Indiana's Christian Watford:
Per the Inquirer and CSN, Khalif Wyatt will play for the 76ers' summer-league team in Orlando and with Dallas in the Vegas summer league.— OwlScoop.com (@OwlScoop_com) June 28, 2013
Watford is a pretty intriguing guy. The 6'9 forward played mainly at the 4 with the Hoosiers. I had thought, along with others, that he was capable of making the move to the small forward spot, but doubt over that has clearly driven his draft stock down. Watford has one very obvious skill: he can spot up and drill it. Converting a white hot 48% of his threes last year, Watford might be able to be a smallball four on the right team, if he can put on weight, but ideally he just stays on the perimeter, where his size and rebounding become assets rather than detriments. I'll be looking to see just how athletic he is.
Oh, speaking of athletes, here's the best one in college basketball:
Now, I'm hearing some conflicting stuff on this, so stay tuned for updates, but I really hope D.J. can make it to Vegas with Dallas. He, of the reported 46 inch vertical(!), is a stathead favorite known for outrageous dunks and a raw offensive game. I'll admit, I've only seen him play a few times(he was a 20 minute a night guy for Memphis), but his rate stats are great.
For a 6'5 1/2 guy, his rebound and block rates are absolutely disgusting, and he also got a good share of steals. With a 7'0 wingspan, the aforementioned vertical, and great speed, I think Stephens could easily be a defensive specialist at the next level. His offensive game is still raw, but improving. He shot a respectable 36% from three(he took about one a game), and 66% from the line. Shooting clearly isn't his strong suit, but that's not awful. He also had a respectable assist/turnover ratio for someone who rarely had plays run for him. Long story short: I love him.
And while we're talking about Smithee-favorites, I'll give the predictable Nick Calathes(or, as Kirk rightly calls him, Nick CATHARSIS) update:
Nick Calathes coukd join Dallas NBA summer league team in Vegas after leaving UF for pro career in Greece. #gators— David Jones (@DaveJonesUFbeat) June 29, 2013
Not a lot to go on, but after hearing about Nick the Greek's recent visit to Dallas, I'll take it as a good sign that the talk on the former Mav 2nd round pick going to Vegas hasn't subsided. I am unsure of what Shane Larkin's presence means for his future, though with Nick's size, and breadth of skills, it isn't impossible to imagine a summer league backcourt with both Mavs picks on the floor. It is pretty hard to imagine Dallas heading into next year with two rookie point guards, but with the position so wide open, Dallas has no excuse for not exploring any and all options.