First-Round Draft Picks To Play In NBA Summer League
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ Allen Iverson, the NBA’s No. 1 pick by the Philadelphia 76ers last month, is among several first-round draft choices scheduled to take part in the annual Doral Arrowwood Summer League which tips off Friday at the Westchester County Center.
Six teams, including the 76ers and host New York Knicks, will participate in a six-game round-robin format with rosters featuring first- and second-round draft picks, rookie free agents and assorted veterans. The other teams are Orlando, New Jersey, Boston and Toronto.
Kerry Kittles, the Nets’ top draft pick, and John Wallace, the Knicks’ top choice, are also expected to play.
Boston’s top pick, Kentucky forward Antoine Walker, was in training camp this week and was rated ``maybe″ for Doral Arrowwood.
Orlando’s top choice, Brian Evans from Indiana, will play.
Marcus Camby, the NBA’s No. 2 overall choice out of Massachusetts, participated in the Raptors’ mini-camp which ended Wednesday but will not compete in the summer league.
New York’s Walter McCarty, who is finishing college classes at Kentucky, is not expected to play, while Dontae’ Jones of Mississippi State, the Knicks’ third first-round choice who underwent recent surgery, also won’t participate.
Players with previous pro experience expected to play include: Corey Gaines, John Strickland, Adrian Autry and Jean Prioleau of New York; LeRon Ellis, Joe Courtney, Brooks Thompson and Darrell Armstrong of Orlando; Alaa Abdelnaby, Yinka Dare, Shelton Jones and Ed O’Bannon of New Jersey; Rex Walters of Philadelphia; and Dan O’Sullivan of Toronto.
All six teams were conducting private training camps before determining final rosters. This is the fourth year for the Doral Arrowwood league, which was not held last summer due to the NBA owners lockout.
``It’s a long process to become an NBA player and this league provides the rookies with a good early start before the fall training camps,″ Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. ``For the players with some pro experience, this is an opportunity to showcase what they can do. For the teams, it’s a chance to see where the drafted players are in their development or to look and maybe find someone with a special skill to help their rosters.″