A group of current Spurs players, previously drafted players and even a few unknowns will be heading to Las Vegas to begin Summer League play with the Spurs beginning on Friday.
The Spurs announced the full roster of 15 players headed to Las Vegas, including Jeff Ayres and Austin Daye, who were on the Spurs’ 2014 championship roster. Former draft picks Ryan Richards, Deshaun Thomas and Marcus Denmon will join Ayres and Daye along with recently-signed rookie Bryce Cotton and Kyle Anderson.
|No.||Player||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||DOB||Prior to NBA/Home Country||Yrs|
|7||Xavi Rey||C||6-11||252||07/13/87||CB Gran Canaria/Spain||R|
|11||Jeff Ayres||C/F||6-9||250||04/29/87||Arizona State/USA||4|
|19||Ryan Richards||C||6-11||230||04/21/91||Ikaros Chalkidas/England||R|
|28||Deshaun Thomas||F||6-7||215||08/28/91||Ohio State/USA||R|
|34||Melvin Ejim||F||6-6||220||03/04/91||Iowa State/Canada||R|
|37||Viktor Gaddefors||F||6-8||216||10/08/92||Virtus Bologna/Sweden||R|
Darius Morris was quite the NBA journeyman last season, playing with the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers. He is likely most known for his time with the Lakers though. He averaged a combined four points, 1.6 assists and one rebound per game last season. Morris also spent some time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League last season and finished his D-League stint with averages of 17 points, 6.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Morris is one of several guards on the roster, along with Cotton, the Spurs could auditioning for a training camp invite and for possible insurance with Patty Mills sitting out several months due to injury.
Xavi Rey plays center for ACB club Grand Canaria in Spain. He spent some time with the Lakers for one preseason game previously and was also a member of the Grizzlies summer league team in 2012. The 26-year-old big man, has dealt with some injuries, including the one that ended last season early for him.
McKinney-Jones is a 6-5 guard formerly of the University of Miami. He played with Fort Wayne in the D-League last season, showing off a solid jumpshot and above average rebounding numbers for his size. He seems to excel in transition and can knock down the pull-up jumper off the dribble, and has the athleticism to drive and finish inside. He averaged 14.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. McKinney-Jones is currently playing with the Miami Heat, along with Boungou-Colo in Orlando’s Pro Summer League.
Former Alabama forward JaMychal Green spent some time with the Spurs in Summer League in 2012, and was signed as an undrafted free agen shortly after thatt, but was released five days later in a move that would allow the Austin Toros to acquire him. With the Toros, Green averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He spent some time with the Clippers before the start of the season last year, but was waived and eventually signed with French team Chorale Roanne. Green is very athletic and plays aggressively around the rim, but he has yet to bridge that gap between college standout and fringe NBA player.
The Spurs squad, led by Ime Udoka, will begin play on Friday against the Sacramento Kings. The game will be broadcast on NBA TV at 9 p.m. and Project Spurs will be providing coverage throughout Summer League.