Spurs Summer League squad features Leonard, Anderson and Ryan Richards


The San Antonio Spurs head to Las Vegas in a day or so for the 2012 Vegas Summer League and they’re taking some of the best young talent in their system with them.  According to their official release, the team will feature Kawhi Leonard, James Anderson, Cory Joseph and 2010 second round pick Ryan Richards.  Assistant Jacque Vaughn will coach the team.

Richards is obviously the big surprise here.  Project Spurs’ Paul Garcia mentioned Tuesday that Richards was in the U.S., but at the time didn’t know why.  That answer was made pretty clear with the release today.  Richards has shown flashes of skill during his time in Europe, but he’s also shown some immaturity in bouncing around from team to team and even switching nationalities so he could play for the Jamaican national team.  However, if he plays well in Summer League who cares about all that other stuff.  We’ve seen Richards torch smaller competition, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares against other big bodies trying to make the leap to the league.

James Anderson’s inclusion on the Spurs roster is also interesting.  Seeing as he didn’t get a ton of playing time last season, Summer League will be an important time for him to show that he can be a good back up for the Spurs or someone else (likely someone else considering how many guards the Spurs already have on their roster).  Anderson has skills, no one doubts that, and I won’t be surprised if he gets snatched up by a team looking for some wing help by the time the Vegas league ends. 

A few other names of note on the roster:

Alexis Ajinca – French big man has bounced around the league a little bit.  Surprising to see his name here since he normally spends his summers playing for the French national team.

Luke Zeller – Older brother of Cleveland rookie Tyler Zeller and Indiana University center Cody Zeller.  He’s seven feet tall and he’s been playing for the Toros, so he’s got that going for him.

Alexis Wangmene – The former Texas guard played college ball with Cory Joseph and is the adopted son of general manager of R.C. Buford (H/T to the Express News’ Jeff McDonald for that nugget).

Here’s the full roster courtesy of Spurs.com:

42Alexis AjincaC7-22485/6/88Strasbourg IG/France3
25James AndersonG6-62153/25/89Oklahoma State/USA2
10Dwight BuycksG6-31906/6/89Marquette/USAR
34Derrick ByarsG/F6-72204/25/84Vanderbilt/USA1
23Eric DawsonF6-92507/7/84Midwestern State (TX)/USA1
1Marcus DenmonG6-31853/20/90Missouri/USAR
17Moses EhambeG/F6-62155/22/86Oral Roberts/USAR
43Darius FosterG6-32101/12/88Wilberforce/USAR
11JaMychal GreenF6-82286/21/90Alabama/USAR
7Cedric JacksonG6-31903/5/86Cleveland State/USA1
5Cory JosephG6-31858/20/91Texas/USA1
2Kawhi LeonardF6-72256/29/91San Diego State/USA1
14Kalin LucasG6-11955/24/89Michigan State/USAR
19Ryan RichardsF6-112304/21/91CB Gran Canaria/EnglandR
30Alexis WangmeneF/C6-72413/1/89Texas/CameroonR
27Tyler WllkersonF6-82407/25/88Marshall/USAR
24L.D. WilliamsG6-42105/8/88Wake Forest/USAR
40Luke ZellerF/C6-112454/7/87Notre Dame/USAR