Posted by Art Garcia
LAS VEGAS — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh won’t be among those dripping sweat at the NBA Summer League over the next 10 days. They’re too busy basking in their self-generated glow to mess with the Vegas sun.
But you can find a good chunk of the Three Kings’ supporting cast mixing it up on the campus of UNLV. Two of Miami’s three second-round picks — Dexter Pittman and Jarvis Varnado — headline the Heat’s summer squad, which debuts Sunday night against New Orleans. (The other second-rounder, Da’Sean Butler, is recovering from an injury.)
There’s also a chance some of the other 17 rookies making up the Heat team also find their way to training camp come October. Miami does have roster spots to fill and not much cash to go around.
Among the other notables to keep an eye on in Vegas:
- John Wall debuts Sunday as Washington takes on Golden State. After a nightmare season, the Wizards are pinning their hopes on the playmaking No. 1 pick out of Kentucky.
- Minnesota’s squad welcomes back two rookies from last season in Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington. Joining their experienced teammates are two new rookies, No. 4 pick Wesley Johnson and No. 30 Lazar Hayward.
- Some contend DeMarcus Cousins slipped to No. 5, where he was promptly snatched up by Sacramento. The Kings roster also includes rookie Hassan Whiteside (No. 33), one of last year’s promising rookies in Omri Casspi and center Jason Thompson. Notable omission: Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans.
- Considering San Antonio’s fortune in the Draft that last few years, don’t sleep on first-round pick James Anderson. Last season’s Big 12 Player of the Year hopes to join George Hill and DeJuan Blain as Draft Day “hits” for the Spurs.
- In all, 22 NBA teams will compete in Las Vegas. Also returning is the NBA Development League Select team. The 58-game schedule tips off today with Dallas-Denver.
- NBA TV is airing a full schedule of games. Games are also available on NBA.com through Summer League Broadband.