After a one-year hiatus, NBA Summer League has returned like it never left. With sessions being held in Utah and California before the bigger session commences in Las Vegas.
On the teams are a bunch of players looking to prove they’ve developed over the summer, league hopefuls, and guys looking to raise their stock for overseas contracts.
A little bit of everything is sprinkled on each roster, as teams across the league include members of the Oregon Ducks.
Troy Brown - Brown, 22, was traded from the Wizards to the Bulls during this past regular-season. Entering his fourth season, Summer League should be a stepping stool for him to prove his development and belonging in the league. Especially with the Bulls looking primed for a possible deep playoff run.
Brown averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in his lone season as a Duck.
Payton Pritchard - Coming off a respectable season with the Celtics, Pritchard is expected to be a key figure of their rotation this upcoming season. In his rookie season, he averaged 7.7 points in 66 games, touching just close to 20 minutes a night.
On their Summer League team, he’s one of their top players, and the key is to just see improvement.
Improving his age is something Pritchard is accustomed to, as each season he got better as a Duck. Which set him up for a senior season with averages of 20.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds.
Louis King - Very fitting for the Kings to sign a King. The jokes and easy promotion are there for the taking.
Besides the easy connection of the names, King will be entering his third NBA season. Although he only played in six games last season, he averaged 14.2 minutes and 7.3 points when given an opportunity.
While with Oregon his averages were 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Eugene Omoruyi - Although he only played one season with the Ducks, Omoruyi’s time was memorable. As he was one of the offensive leaders of the team, averaging 17.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in over 30 minutes of action.
With the Mavs, he’ll look to hopefully replicate his player during summer play to receive a training camp invite.
LJ Figeroa - Figeroa was another undrafted Duck, with a penchant for scoring. In his lone season with the team, he averaged 12.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Bol Bol - Bol is easily one of the most popular Oregon alums in recent memory. Due to his performances in high school and the potential many have raved about.
But since entering the NBA, things have been steady for him. He’s had injuries and at times struggled on the court.
Summer League, as he enters season three, is his opportunity to show the hype was real.
In just nine games with the Ducks, he averaged 21.0 points and 9.6 rebounds.
Chris Duarte - The talk of the pre-draft process was Duarte. At 24-years-old he was also one of the older prospects, but because of his game and sense of maturity, teams kept their interest in him.
The Pacers pulled the trigger on him, selecting him No. 13 overall. Making him the highest-drafted Duck since Luke Jackson went No. 10 to the Cavaliers.
In two seasons with the Ducks, Duarte put up 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds.
Anthony Mathis - The Spurs have established themselves as an organization all about development. A team recognized for that is exactly where Mathis needs to be.
In one season in Oregon, he averaged 8.5 points.
Joe Young - Young has been out of the NBA for the past three seasons, after spending his first three with the Pacers. He’s gone on to carve out a career overseas but is looking to return stateside now.
At Oregon he was one of the more efficient scorers in the country during his two seasons, averaging 19.8 points on 46.1% shooting, 38.1% from three, and 90% from the free-throw line.