This year, the Memphis Grizzlies will be competing in the Summer League play in both Utah and Las Vegas — where all 30 teams will be in action. Yesterday, the Grizzlies announced their Summer League roster, and it’s looking like a nice squad.
Memphis Grizzlies release mini-camp summer league roster pic.twitter.com/kXkaVXd1UT— Doc Holliday (@The_DocHolliday) June 26, 2018
Obviously, rookies Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jevon Carter will be playing — giving Grizz fans a first look at their acquisitions. There’s also an abundance of players from schools around the region: Markel Crawford (Ole Miss), Dee Bost (Mississippi State), Matthew Butler (University of Tennessee-Martin), Demetrius Denzel-Dyson (Samford) and William Lee (UAB).
In addition, there are some familiar names to keep an eye on this summer. Kobi Simmons and Myke Henry — the team’s two-way players — will more than likely appear on both Summer League teams. The seldom-used Ivan Rabb will have a chance to showcase his skills, after missing last year’s Summer League with an ankle injury.
Lastly, the two most noteworthy players — aside from the rookies — on this roster are Deyonta Davis and Wayne Selden Jr. Sending Selden to Summer League seems like an interesting decision, as he turned Las Vegas into his personal playground last year. Hearing the front office and coaching staff’s thought process on him would be fascinating.
Then there’s Deyonta Davis; this might be one of his last chances to prove his worth to the Grizzlies. After drafting Jaren Jackson Jr. — someone who is better suited at his position — what does Davis’ future with the team look like? Davis’ play will be heavily critiqued this summer, especially since both Rabb and Jackson will be playing.
Between Jaren Jackson, Jevon Carter and the question marks circulating the team’s veterans, it’ll certainly be a fascinating summer to pay attention to.
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