Vegas Summer League has 17 First Rounders

Posted Jul 3, 2006

The Toshiba Vegas Summer League features a 16-team, 40-game format that stretches over nine days (through July 14). Basketball action begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 6th with the Blazers taking on the Wizards. NBATV will broadcast 22 games via tape delay. Seventeen of the 30 NBA first round picks will play in the summer league.

Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors) and LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), the first and second overall picks, respectively, in the 2006 NBA Draft, are scheduled to participate in the Toshiba Vegas Summer League. In addition, All-Star Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns is slated to take part as he continues his rehab, while Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest is said to be actively campaigning to be included on the Kings summer league roster.

The participating summer league teams are the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, New York Knicks, Suns, Blazers, Kings, Raptors and Washington Wizards.

Five of the top 10 draft picks (#1 Bargnani-Raptors, #2 Aldridge-Blazers, #6 Brandon Roy-Blazers, #7 Randy Foye-Minnesota Timberwolves, #9 Patrick O'Bryant-Golden State Warriors) will be in uniform for their respective teams.

Other rookies scheduled to appear include J.J. Redick of the Magic, Hilton Armstrong and Cedric Simmons of the Hornets, Olexsiv Pecherov of the Wizards, Quincy Douby of the Kings, Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins of the Knicks, Rajon Rondo of the Celtics, Shannon Brown of the Cavaliers, Maurice Ager of the Mavericks and Sergio Rodriguez and Joel Freeland of the Blazers.

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