With just over a week to go before play starts at the 2014 Samsung Las Vegas Summer League, the New Orleans Pelicans have officially released their roster for the ten-day event.
Like all summer league teams the list includes players on the Pelicans roster (Luke Babbitt, James Southerland and Jeff Withey), the Pelicans 2014 draft pick (Russ Smith) and a combination of young players and NBA veterans trying to catch on with a team based off a strong performance.
The most intriguing non-Pelican member of the team is probably Patric Young, an undrafted center out of the university of Florida. Young went undrafted thanks to very little projected upside but thanks to high energy, an NBA ready body and good quickness he should be able to catch on with some team as a bench big man.
The roster also includes four players who last played in the NBADL in Josh Howard, Abdul Gaddy, DeQuan Jones and Courtney Fells. Howard and Samuels have both been useful NBA players at some point in their careers, though not exactly recently. Howard’s best years came with the Dallas Mavericks from 2005 to 2007 including an appearance in the NBA All-Star game. Samuels meanwhile played with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2010 until 2013 but was never much more than a rotation level big.
In general the Pelicans went with a more experienced group for the summer with just four players coming straight out of college and all four of those players were four-year college players. In addition to Young and Smith the college players on the roster include Cameron Ayers, the 2014 Patriot League Player of the Year from Bucknell and Drew Crawford of Northwestern.
The team will host a minicamp at the Pelicans practice facility from July 7-10 before heading to Las Vegas to start play on July 11 against the D-League Select Team. Pelican Debrief will have coverage of all Summer League Games so make sure to stay tuned here for more.