Monday, July 05, 2010

FIVE RED CLAWS NAMED TO PRO SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTERS IN ORLANDO #nba #nbadl #maineredclaws #celtics #bobcats

Five current or former Red Claws players have been named to NBA Summer League Rosters in Orlando.

Alexis Ajinca will play for Charlotte, Marcus Landry from Indiana, Paul Davis for Orlando, Trey Gilder for Orlando and Paul Harris, who was unable to play last season due to injury but whose NBA D-League rights the Red Claws retain, will play for Utah. Red Claws Head Coach Austin Ainge is coaching the Celtics’ Orlando summer league team. The 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League in Orlando begins today.

Forty seven players with NBA Development League experience highlight the rosters of the eight teams playing in the 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League, tipping off in Orlando this afternoon. The event features 20 games played over five days at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando.

The Utah Jazz’ summer league roster features 10 players with NBA D-League experience, the most of any NBA team playing in Orlando, while the Orlando Magic has eight former NBA D-Leaguers on their summer league squad. Each of the other five NBA teams playing in Orlando has at least one player with NBA D-League experience on their summer league team.

Bobcats guard Antonio Anderson, a 2010 NBA D-League champion with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, headlines the list of players with NBA D-League experience. Anderson, who earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the season averaged 16.2 points, 6.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 40 games for the Vipers during the regular season and 17.9 points, 7.1 assists and 6.0 rebounds in the 2010 NBA D-League postseason.

Joining Anderson in Orlando are two other players who competed in the 2010 NBA D-League Finals: Oklahoma City forwards Latavious Williams, who became the second-ever NBA D-League player to be drafted when he was selected in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft, and his Tulsa 66ers teammate Marcus Lewis.

Of the 47 players with NBA D-League experience competing in Orlando, 10 earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA during their NBA D-League career, including Boston Celtics guard Oliver Lafayette, who was called-up from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and was a member of the Celtics squad competing in the 2010 NBA Finals. Of the Jazz’ 10 former NBA D-Leaguers on the team’s summer league roster, three players have earned GATORADE Call-Ups, including Sundiana Gaines and Othyus Jeffers, who were called-up by the Jazz during the 2009-10 season.

A number of coaches with NBA D-League experience will also be on the benches in Orlando including head coaches Austin Ainge (Maine Red Claws) and Nate Tibbetts (Tulsa 66ers) who will work with the Celtics and Thunder, respectively. Former Austin Toros head coach Quin Snyder will begin his tenure as a Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach in Orlando this week.

The following is a breakdown of players with NBA D-League experience on 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League rosters.

Boston Celtics
Oliver Lafayette*

Charlotte Bobcats
Alexis Ajinca
Alade Aminu*
Antonio Anderson*
Brandon Bowman
Nathan Jawai
Pape Sow
P.J. Tucker

Indiana Pacers
Richard Hendrix
Marcus Landry
James Mays
Josh McRoberts
Russell Robinson
Darryl Watkins
Marcus Williams*

New Jersey Nets
Connor Atchley
Brandon Heath
James Peters
Gabe Pruitt
Garret Siler
Cezary Trybanski

Oklahoma City Thunder
Marcus Lewis
Byron Mullens
Mustafa Shakur*
Kyle Weaver
DJ White
Latavious Williams

Orlando Magic
Joe Crawford*
Paul Davis
Patrick Ewing, Jr.
Trey Gilder
Yaroslav Korolev
Sean Singletary
Curtis Stinson
Donell Taylor

Philadelphia 76ers
Ndudi Ebi
Cedric Simmons

Utah Jazz
James Augustine
Rod Benson
Jermareo Davidson*
Sundiata Gaines*
Thomas Gardner
Paul Harris
Othyus Jeffers*
Kosta Koufos
Demetris Nichols*
Darian Townes

* indicates earned a GATORADE Call-Up



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