The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday their 15-man roster for the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Current Raptors Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross and Quincy Acy will headline this year’s squad. Assistant coach Nick Nurse will serve as the team’s head coach.
Valanciunas makes his NBA Summer League debut after being named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He averaged 8.9 points in 62 games and ranked third among all rookies in rebounds (6.0), blocks (1.26) and field goal percentage (.557). Valanciunas earned Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honours for March, posting averages of 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting .620 (67-108) from the floor in 15 contests.
Ross returns to the NBA Summer League where he averaged 14.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 27.2 minutes in five contests last year. During his rookie campaign Ross contributed 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 17.0 minutes in 73 appearances. He scored in double digits 22 times including a season-high 26 points January 2 versus Portland. Ross won the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk during All-Star Saturday Night, capturing 58 per cent of the fan votes in the final round.
Acy averaged 4.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 11.8 minutes in 29 games last season. He shot .560 (42-75) from the field and .816 (31-38) at the free throw line. Acy averaged 13.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 28.4 minutes in 13 games (10 starts) with the Bakersfield Jam. Acy will participate in the NBA Summer League for the second time after posting 6.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 22.5 minutes in two games last year.
This summer’s event will feature the debut of a tournament style schedule that will crown the first NBA Summer League Champion. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 12-16 before being seeded in a tournament running through the championship game on July 22. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.
The Raptors will make their sixth appearance at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and hold a 12-13 (.480) record overall at the event. Toronto opens play July 13 versus Miami at 7:30 p.m. PDT / 10:30 p.m. EDT
2013 TORONTO RAPTORS NBA SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER (as of July 9, 2013)
College / Home Country
|1||Trevor Mbakwe||F||6-8||245||1/24/1989||Minnesota / USA||Minnesota (NCAA)||R|
|2||Jordan Taylor||G||6-1||195||9/30/1989||Wisconsin / USA||Acea Virtus RM (Italy)||R|
|3||Ricky Harris||G||6-2||175||8/12/1987||Massachusetts / USA||Biancoblu BO (Italy)||R|
|4||Quincy Acy||F||6-7||235||10/6/1990||Baylor / USA||Toronto Raptors (NBA)||1|
|5||Julyan Stone||G||6-7||200||12/7/1988||Texas-El Paso / USA||Denver Nuggets (NBA)||2|
|6||Tywain McKee||G||6-2||180||3/7/1986||Coppin State / USA||Triumph (Russia)||R|
|7||Chris Wright||F||6-8||225||9/30/1988||Dayton / USA||Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League)||1|
|8||Coby Karl||G||6-5||215||6/8/1983||Boise State / USA||Idaho Stampede (NBA D-League)||2|
|9||Alade Aminu||C||6-10||225||9/14/1987||Georgia Tech / USA||Karsiyaka (Turkey)||R|
|13||Devoe Joseph||G||6-4||180||6/21/1989||Oregon / Canada||Khimik (Ukraine)||R|
|17||Jonas Valanciunas||C||7-0||240||5/6/1992||Lietuvos Rytas / Lithuania||Toronto Raptors (NBA)||1|
|20||Micah Downs||F||6-8||200||9/8/1986||Gonzaga / USA||Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League)||R|
|21||Gregory Echenique||G||6-9||260||11/23/1990||Creighton / Venezuela||Creighton (NCAA)||R|
|31||Terrence Ross||G||6-7||195||2/5/1991||Washington / USA||Toronto Raptors (NBA)||1|
|32||Mark Lyons||G||6-1||200||7/4/1989||Arizona / USA||Arizona (NCAA)||R|
RAPTORS NBA SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
|Date||Event||Location||Time (Local Pacific)|
|Wednesday, July 10||Practice||De Sol High School||9-10:30 a.m. (media following)|
|Thursday, July 11||Practice||De Sol High School||9-10:30 a.m. (media following)|
|Friday, July 12||Practice||De Sol High School||9-10:30 a.m. (media following)|
|Saturday, July 13||Shootaround||De Sol High School||10-11 a.m. (no media availability)|
|Game 1 vs. Miami||Thomas & Mack||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 14||Game 2 vs. San Antonio||Thomas & Mack||7:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, July 16||Game 3 vs. Sacramento||COX Pavilion||3:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, July 17||Playoffs – Round 1||TBD||TBD|
|Thursday, July 18||Playoffs – Round 2||TBD||TBD|
De Sol High School is located at 3100 East Patrick Lane, Las Vegas.