While NBA Summer League is typically a time to get to know the young players, this summer for the Portland Trail Blazers could be a bit different from the norm.
Tuesday, as the Blazers Summer League squad tipped off summer practice ahead of leaving for Las Vegas, the Blazers shared some fun videos with some familiar NBA veterans.
As Rip City gets set to watch the 'Summer Blazers', the roster will feature rookie forwards Greg Brown and Trendon Watford along with third-year forward Nassir Little and second-year guard CJ Elleby.
But after watching Tuesday’s practice, it’s also going to be really fun to see the NBA veterans that have found a spot on the roster.
Enter 32-year-old Michael Beasley, 31-year-old Kenneth Faried, and 25-year-old Emmanuel Mudiay.
With so many veterans who have had their career take different paths, it seems there could be the hope of making the regular season roster.
As Trail Blazers fans have been showing love for the Summer League squad on social media, Beasley and Faried have shown their gratitude for the Blazers.
Beasley last played in the NBA in 2019 for the Los Angeles Lakers. In 26 games, he averaged 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists.
The former No. 2 overall pick holds career averages of 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists and was named to the All-NBA Rookie First Team in 2008. As for another lottery pick, Mudiay, the seventh overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, is looking to revive his career. The 25-year old's career has gone downhill since earning a spot on the second-team All-Rookie squad in 2016, after averaging 12.8 points and 5.5 assists in 68 games, including 66 starts.
In the last two seasons he has played a combined 113 regular season games for the Knicks (2018-19) and the Jazz (2019-20).
After watching Faried tear it up in a Nuggets jersey from the 2011-12 season to 2018, it’s crazy to see him in a Blazers practice jersey.
As an All-Rookie First Team member in 2012, Faried last played in the league in 2018-19 with the Houston Rockets.
Here’s how the entire 2021 Blazers Summer League roster shakes out:
No. Name Pos.
50 Michael Beasley F
52 Antonio Blakeney G
4 Greg Brown III F
60 Jordon Crawford G
46 Milton Doyle G
16 CJ Elleby G
35 Kenneth Faried F/C
38 George King F
9 Nassir Little F
48 Erik McCree F
58 Emmanuel Mudiay G
42 Kobi Simmons G
54 Mark Vital F
2 Trendon Watford F
40 Kaleb Wesson C
Assistant coach Roy Rogers will be the Blazers Summer League head coach.
Tipping off on Aug. 8, the Blazers will face the Hornets, Clippers, Pacers, and Suns in this year’s Summer League action:
- 8/8 vs. Charlotte at 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
- 8/10 vs. Clippers at 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
- 8/12 vs. Pacers at 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
- 8/14 vs. Suns at 6 p.m. (NBA TV)