HEELS HEAD TO NBA SUMMER LEAGUES
* The 2005 UNC national champs were called on early and often at the NBA draft last week at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Atlanta made the second selection and went for freshman Marvin Williams. The 2005-06 NBA rookie pay scale has not been finalized yet, but allowing for a slight increase over the first-year salary figures from last year Williams should be in the $3.3 million range as a rookie. Atlanta will have a team in the Rocky Mountain Revue (July 15-22) in Salt Lake City, Utah, with five other NBA teams.
Raymond Felton didn't have to wait long before being taken at number five by Charlotte. Felton, with an estimated rookie salary of $2.4 million, will be teamed with Sean May in Charlotte. As the 13th pick in the draft, May is likely to be in the $1.4 million range in his first NBA season. Charlotte is sending a summer team to the Rocky Mountain Revue along with Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio, Seattle and host Utah. Charlotte vs. Atlanta is scheduled for Friday, July 22.
Minnesota selected Rashad McCants to make it four Tar Heels chosen during the first 14 picks of the 2005 NBA draft. McCants' first-year pay rate will likely be in the $1.3 million neighborhood. The Timberwolves will host Houston, Indiana, Milwaukee and New York in the Minnesota Summer League from July 15 to July 19 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The Vegas Summer League starts tomorrow and runs through July 15 with 16 NBA teams involved. Jawad Williams went undrafted, but will be in Las Vegas with Golden State. Portland has Kris Lang on their Vegas summer roster. Ed Cota is headed for Las Vegas on the summer roster of the Washington Wizards. Mike O'Koren is an assistant coach with Washington. Detroit will also be at the VSL and has Dave Hanners, Pat Sullivan and Phil Ford on the coaching staff. Denver is another team in the Vegas league and could have coach George Karl and assistant Doug Moe on hand.
The Southern California Summer Pro League begins Friday at Long Beach State. The SPL's "NBA Division" consists of the Lakers, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Heat, Raptors and the national team of Senegal. Former Tar Heel Makhtar Ndiaye is listed on the Senegal roster at Eurobasket.com, but the official roster for the Sengalese national team's SPL entry was not posted yet. UNC's James Worthy is listed as the keynote speaker for the Southern California Summer Pro-Am event.
WILLIAMS TO WORK CAVS' GAMES
* "Barring any last-minute snags," The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers and cable outlet FSN Ohio will soon name Scott Williams as an analyst on cable telecasts this season.
Williams, a 15-year NBA veteran, played in just 19 games for the Cavs last season. Former Cavs star Mark Price was the team's FSN Ohio analyst last season.
THE BIRTHDAYS OF JULY
- 2: Brian Reese (34)
- 4: Jeffrey "Geoff" Crompton (1955 - 2002)
- 6: Cherie Lea (24)
- 7: C.J. Hooker (22)
- 10: Ademola Okulaja (30)
- 18: York Larese (67)
- 21: Phillip McLamb (24)
- 24: Rick Fox (36)
- 25: Brian Morrison (23)
- 26: Dick Grubar (58)
- 27: Bill Guthridge (68)
- 27: Kenny Harris (34)
- 31: Derrick Phelps (33)