Here’s a look at how some former Gators are faring in NBA summer-league play:
Marreese Speights – Off to an impressive start, averaging 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots in two games for the Philadelphia 76ers in Las Vegas. Only early downside is turnovers (three per game).
Joakim Noah – Was steady, but didn’t stand out for the Bulls last week in Orlando. Noah’s best effort was a 10-point, 12-rebound, three-assist game against the Orlando Magic. Chicago struggled late in the week after top overall pick Derrick Rose left due to shoulder injury.
Taurean Green – After struggling in his summer-league debut against the Philadelphia 76ers, Green responded with a game-high 17 points and four assists, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 90-79 win against the Toronto Raptors.
Corey Brewer – The Minneapolis Star-Tribune noted that little has changed in Brewer’s game, recalling that he “did everything in his summer-league debut a year ago except shoot well, foreshadowing his season-long shooting woes as a rookie.” On Monday night, Brewer made his first two jump shots for the Timberwolves against the Dallas Mavericks, then missed 13 of his next 16 field-goal attempts. He finished with 11 points.
Chris Richard – Scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds in his first summer league game with the Timberwolves, Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. With more frontcourt depth in Minnesota, Richard may be in a battle to keep his roster spot next season.
Anthony Roberson – While most eyes were on top pick Dino Gallinari, Roberson scored 22 points for the New York Knicks in a recent summer-league win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Las Vegas. Nine of the points came on three 3-pointers. Roberson has put up big summer and preseason scoring numbers before, but it hasn’t parlayed into a consistent NBA roster spot. Maybe the 6-foot-1 Roberson will be a good fit with the Knicks, who will look to play an up-tempo style under new coach Mike D’Antoni.
Matt Walsh – Scored six points in 12 minutes in his summer-league debut with the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas. “This could be a big summer for Matt,” his agent, Jason Levien, said last week in Orlando. Walsh played overseas last season in Spain and Belgium.
Orien Greene – Cut by the Indiana Pacers last season, the former Gator and Gainesville High standout guard is averaging 8.0 points and 1.5 assists in two games with the Charlotte Bobcats.