With the Las Vegas Summer League set to kick off next weekend, the Bucks announced their official roster Thursday afternoon.
The 12-man roster features some familiar names, most notably 2013 draft picks Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters, and the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, Jabari Parker. Second round pick Johnny O’Bryant is also on the squad.
It will be the summer league debut for Antetokounmpo, who did not play last season due to Greek National Team commitments.
As reported by Frank Madden of BrewHoop, 31st overall pick Damien Inglis will not participate in summer league, as he continues to recover from a broken foot.
Chris Wright, who impressed in eight games with the Bucks after signing a pair of 10-day contracts, is also on the roster. Milwaukee signed Wright to a multi-year contract in April, but the deal is largely unguaranteed.
Joining the big names are a number of accomplished college players, including two former Wisconsin teammates. Jordan Taylor, who’s spent the last two seasons in Italy after going undrafted in 2012, was a consensus Second Team All-American for the Badgers in 2011. He’s joined by Ben Brust, a senior on Wisconsin’s 2014 Final Four team and the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made. Brust averaged 12.8 points in a team-high 34.7 minutes per game last season.
In-state guys aside, this is an intriguing team with a ton of athleticism. Wright is a big-time leaper, as are JaJuan Johnson and Gilbert Brown.
Johnson is one of the more intriguing names overall. A first round pick (27th) of the Nets in 2011, the slim forward – think Hakim Warrick – was a consensus First Team All-American and was named both the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He spent two years between the Celtics and the D-League (mostly the latter) before splitting last season between Italian and Turkish pro teams.
While this roster houses plenty of talent, the Bucks probably aren’t the best landing spot for players looking to catch on with an NBA team. With 15 players already on the projected 2014-15 roster, it will be exceedingly difficult for a summer league invitee to get a serious look. Nonetheless, with the core of Antetokounmpo, Wolters and Parker, the Bucks should at least be in contention for the second annual Las Vegas Summer League tournament crown.
Per the Bucks’ official release:
Milwaukee is slated to open its Summer League campaign on Friday, July 11, at 7 p.m. CT vs. Cleveland in a matchup that will feature the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins and Parker. The Bucks will continue their opening round play with games against the Phoenix Suns (Sunday, July 13, at 9 p.m. CT) and Utah Jazz (Monday, July 14, at 9:30 p.m. CT). Following the opening three games, the participating teams will be seeded for the single-elimination tournament that will culminate in a championship game on July 21. A consolation round will be held for teams failing to advance, ensuring that each team is guaranteed to play no fewer than five games. In all, the 2014 NBA Summer League will feature 67 games scheduled over 11 days at the COX Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
So the three games set in stone right now are:
Friday, July 11: vs. Cleveland (7p.m. CT)
Sunday, July 13: vs. Phoenix (9p.m. CT)
Monday, July 14: vs. Utah (9:30p.m. CT)
For the complete Las Vegas Summer League schedule, click HERE.