Toronto Raptors Summer League Preview

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Toronto Raptors will field a 12-man squad at the 2009 Las Vegas Summer League, which begins this Friday and runs through July 17 at the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

The Raptors, newly-named affiliates of the Erie BayHawks, will be participating in the Vegas Summer League for the third time since its inception in 2004.

Toronto Raptors 2009 Summer League Roster

DeMar DeRozan, 6'5", G/F, USC
DeRozan will be the main attraction for Raptors fans. The 9th overall pick of the draft gets his first opportunity to show what he can bring to the table. For a more in depth look at DeRozan, check out my "Better Know a Draft Pick" post on DeRozan from last week.

Roko Ukic, 6'5", PG, Croatia
As a rookie with the Raptors last season, Ukic averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 assists in 12.4 minutes per game. There's not a whole lot of information out there on Ukic, but you can check out this highlight montage on YouTube.

Quincy Douby, 6'3", G, Rutgers
The 19th pick of the 2006 NBA Draft by Sacramento, Douby had a short stint last year with the Erie BayHawks before being called up by the Raptors. He's a very capable scorer still looking to find his niche in the NBA. For more on Douby, check out my "Players in Review" post from May.

Nathan Jawai, 6'10", PF, Australia
As a rookie, Jawai played in just six games with Toronto last season. At 6'10" and 280 pounds and only 22 years old, he's an intriguing prospect. He was assigned to play with the Idaho Stampede, Toronto's 2008-09 affiliate, last February before being recalled by the Raptors. For more on Jawai's background, check out his DraftExpress profile, updated through February 2008.

Patrick O’Bryant, 7'0", C, Bradley
After leading Bradley to the Sweet 16 in 2006, O'Bryant capitalized on his high stock and entered the draft as a sophomore. He was selected by Golden State with the 9th overall selection, but has yet to find a home in the NBA, bouncing from Golden State to Boston to Toronto. If O'Bryant is going to defy the draft bust labels, he's going to have to start showing signs of improvement this summer.

Carl English, 6'5", G, Hawaii
The Canadian-born English has been a part of Canada Basketball since 2000, and was a key contributer on the national team as they tried to qualify for the 2008 Olympics. He's also had experience playing in the D-League during the 2003-04 season. For more on Carl English, check out this February 2009 interview with Hoops Addict.

Ekene Ibekwe, 6'9", PF, Maryland
According to, the former Maryland Terrapin has played in Israel, France, and now in the TIBL in Turkey where he is in the top 10-in the league in both scoring and rebounding.

David Doublas
Information about Doublas is scarce, but he reportedly was a member of Spain’s 2001 Under-20 national team.

Brent Petway, 6'8", F, Michigan
As the winner of the 2008 D-League Slam Dunk Conest, there is no question that Brent Petway can throw it down with the best of them. He's nicknamed "Air Georgia" for a reason. But the former Michigan Wolverine is determined to prove that he's more than just an explosive dunker. Petway has played the past two seasons in the D-League with the Idaho Stampede, starting 48 games and averaging 10.2 points last year.

Paul Davis, 6'11", PF/C, Michigan State
The 2002 "Mr. Basketball" in the state of Michigan, Davis has played in 80 games over three years with the Los Angeles Clippers before they waived him in January. He's also known for getting dunked on by Dwayne Wade.

Smush Parker, 6'4", G, Fordham
Parker is probably best remembered as the starting point guard on the 2006 Lakers team that was one Tim Thomas 3-ball away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs. But after starting 162 games over two years with the Lakers, Parker played in just 28 games the next two years with Miami and the L.A. Clippers. He has since played in the D-League and the Chinese Basketball Association.

Demetris Nichols, 6'8", F, Syracuse
The former Syracuse Orange has played in a total of 18 NBA games over two seasons while also seeing time with the Iowa Energy of the D-League.

Toronto 2009 Summer League Schedule

Date Opponent Time (ET)
Friday, July 10 L.A. Lakers 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 Detroit 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 13 Portland 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 15 Milwaukee 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 16 Phoenix 4:00 p.m.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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