Thursday, July 10, 2008

Updated Summer League Roster - Leaving for Las Vegas

There were some last minute changes to the Grizzlies summer league roster. Here is the final roster according to the Grizzlies.

#15 Alan Anderson: A 6-6 G/F who played collegiately at Michigan St and last season played with Vitrus Bologna in Italy

#00 Darrell Arthur: The second Grizzlies first round draft pick and first draft pick acquired from the Pau Gasol trade. Arthur, a 6-9 power forward, played on the national champion Kansas Jayhawks last season

#5 Malick Badiene: Malick's rights were acquired in a draft deadline trade involving New Orleans and Houston. The 6-10 Senegalese center/forward has some impressive athletic ability but lacks the skills needed at this time to be a force in the NBA. Last year Badiene played at St Vallier in France.

#6 Steve Burtt, Jr.: Burtt, a 6-1 point guard, is the son of a former NBA player (Steve Burtt Sr) and followed his dad to Iona for college. An impressive scorer in college Burtt will need to show he possess true PG skills to make it in the NBA. Last season Burtt played at Ashkelon in Israel.

#34 Brian Butch: A last second replacement for Aaron Pettway who came up injured, Butch was impressive enough in his workout with the Grizzlies to be invited in to play for the summer league team. A decent perimeter shooter Butch will need to show the physicality top play in the NBA. Last season Butch started for the Wisconsin Badgers who made the NCAA tournament.

#11 Mike Conley: The #4 pick in the 2007 draft, Conley is back for his second summer league with the Grizzlies after starting 46 games last season with the Grizzlies. Battling injuries for most of the 1st half of the season, Conley is showing off improved upper body strength while hoping to maintain his quickness this summer.

#3 Javaris Crittenton: The first player to appear in a game with the Grizzlies after the Gasol trade Javaris is hoping to show enough his point guard skills in summer league to enter the discussion for backing up Conley. Last season Crittenton may have been the best perimeter defender on the Grizzlies and that should hold him in good standing with new defensive assistant coach Kevin O'Neill.

#7 Marcus Dove: A 6-9 G/F from Oklahoma St, Dove is the 2nd surprise name to make the roster. Dove is razor thin and at 23 will have to show he is capable of putting on weight to make an NBA roster. Dove is considered a force on defense with improving offensive skills. He will need to show both to make the Grizzlies.

#25 Ebi Ere: No player impressed me more with his shooting at the summer league practice than Ere. Perhaps he is motivated by the fact that his former team in Brisbane Australia folded so he has no fall back position at this time. Ere has a great shot and can get it off extremely quickly.

#32 O J Mayo: Does anyone really need to read any more about OJ? He has shown in practice the ability to be a playmaker from both the PG and SG positions, can hit the big shots, understands when to take players inside and when to shoot over the top instead. Basically he is nearly a complete offensive guard. The one problem that reared its head when I watched was turnovers. At just over 6-3 in sneakers OJ will have to cut down the turnovers if he wants to be a point guard in the NBA.

#23 Brent Petway: The reigning NBDL Slam Dunk Champion Petway, 6-8, is actually considered more of a defensive player than offensive force. The former Michigan Wolverine is a team player who is not comfortable creating in the offensive flow of the game despite his incredible athleticism. Petway is probably headed back to the Idaho Stampede unless a perfect situation opens up for a defensive player with no offensive skills.

#55 David Simon: Simon is a 6-10 PF/C who played last season in Dijon France. Simon had two knee injuries in college (IPFW) which slowed his development but has worked through these setbacks to garner an professional career. Whether that career will extend up to the NBA has yet to be determined.

#1 P J Tucker: PJ has been one of the more impressive players in camp so far but his effort has been overshadowed in part by his lack of size. The 6-5 F from Texas struggles with quick SF's and is overmatched by taller SF's and almost every PF. Still his heart keeps him involved and he makes plays despite his height limitations.

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