finally announced their Summer League roster for Vegas, which begins July 11th. As a warmup, the team will be hosting a scrimmage at the Target Center with Zach LaVine, Glenn Robinson III among others participating. Should be a grand ole’ time. Anyways, here is the official roster:
- LaRon Dendy | Forward | NBA Exp.: R
- Mamadi Diane | Forward | NBA Exp.: R
- Gorgui Dieng | Center | NBA Exp.: 1
- Kyrlyo Fesenko | Center | NBA Exp.: 5
- Brady Heslip | Guard | NBA Exp.: R
- Dennis Horner | Forward | NBA Exp.: 1
- D.J. Kennedy | Guard | NBA Exp.: 1
- Zach LaVine | Guard | NBA Exp.: R
- Jordan Morgan | Forward | NBA Exp.: R
- Shabazz Muhammad | Forward | NBA Exp.: 1
- Glenn Robinson III | Forward | NBA Exp.: R
- Alexey Shved | Guard | NBA Exp.: 2
- Markel Starks | Guard | NBA Exp.: R
A few quick notes on the team:
- Obviously everyone is excited to see LaVine, especially because athleticism can rule in summer league games because they’re so similar to college level basketball. But the three players that must look good no matter what are Dieng, Muhammad and Shved. Dieng and Muhammad are Flip Saunders’ guys, so they have to break that mold of recent years that the Wolves can’t develop young talent. As for Shved, he may be playing for his NBA life and a new contract. He might not even be a Timberwolf to start the season. Nonetheless, he still needs to show that he has some potential and hopefully that he built up his frame a bit this offseason.
- Morgan and Starks are nice additions to the squad. Neither are expected to make a team this season but they’ll definitely play a part during pool play and beyond.
- Fesenko is an interesting name. He’s bounced around the league because there’s not much true talent there. But you can’t teach a guy to be 7-foot-1, 270 pounds. He’s an immovable object on the glass, if only he could shore up his defense a tad and learn some type of post move. He could end up being a decent option off the bench as a final big man.
- I’ll bring it back to LaVine and Robinson III now. What we want to see out of both of them is an emphasis on team ball. Let Muhammad, Dieng and Shved shine while not completely surrendering your worth. I’m not nearly as worried about Robinson III in this regard as I am with LaVine because he played that role in college. LaVine, on the other hand, could easily let things get out of control, which could ruin his summer league experience and chip away at any confidence.