2007 Vegas Outlaws
The Outlaws are the list of Summer League free agents who should be able to find a spot on a team's bench this year. Not all of them will be perfect fits for the C's but these are guys who deserve a second look from NBA GM's. Unfortunately, what happens in Vegas might just stay in Vegas and they'll face another year of being basketball vagabonds although they probably deserve a shot. (Note: Brandon Wallace and Kelenna Azubuike have been signed so they aren't included in the list.)
G: Aaron Miles
Miles has had a solid career overseas and definitely know how to run the point. He also knows that he can't shoot. He rarely looked for his own shot and attempted zero three pointers in the summer league. However, after a bad first game, he showed what he can do amassing 23 assists and only 1 turnover for the rest of the Summer. With so many teams looking for a backup point guard, it would be hard to imagine that Miles couldn't find a spot at somebody's camp.
G: Pierre Pierce
How does a talented 6'4 combo guard get ignored by the NBA? First, have a shaky three point shot. Second, get sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting your girlfriend. Pierre definitely doesn't fit the Celtics' new Code of Conduct but he's an undeniable talent. He had a solid summer league but his questionable range and even more questionable background could keep him in the D-League.
G: Von Wafer
Only 22, Von Wafer will get a shot from someone in this league but he could be another Joe Forte: a talented scorer who can't get focus on the rest of the game enough to stick in the league.
F: Brandon Bass
Bass was a great prospect at LSU. The SEC Player of the Year in 2005, Bass was one of the players that many critics said "came out too early". The problem, of course, was the Bass's stock wasn't going to get any higher. Not only was he not a lock to repeat as the POY in the SEC, but he wasn't even assured a starting spot. Glen "Big Baby" Davis was a promising young player on the Tigers, who also had a top recruit named Tyrus Thomas joining the squad. The Hornets drafted Bass #33 but history repeated itself. After Bass's rookie year, the Hornets traded for Tyson Chandler and drafted Hilton Armstrong and Cedric Simmons, all but eliminating any hope of playing time for Brandon. Still only 22, he showed himself to be a solid player in the summer and should be a big body at the end of an NBA rotation.
F: Rodney White
A bust? Yes. A guy who can score in the NBA? Yes. White will never live up to his expectations but like fellow lotto bust DerMarr Johnson, White should be able to find a home in his league. His attitude and defense will be what keeps him from reaching that goal.
F: Alexander Johnson
A rugged forward in the Leon Powe mold, Johnson was recently waived by Memphis but should latch on with another team.
F: Nik Caner-Medley
A shooter who can also help out on the boards, Caner-Medley would be a specialist in the NBA. If he can show the ability to consistently hit the NBA three-pointer, some team might find a spot for him. While Nik isn't as good as Jason Kapono, the Heat might want to look at him to replace their marksmam.
C: Noel Felix
Felix is like many Fresno State alums: talented, athletic, questionable game sense, and no real position. A 6'9 center, Felix is a very good defender who also has surprising range on his jumper. His lack of height will likely mean that he will forever be a training camp invite/one of the final cuts but soon some team should give him a legit shot at the pros.
C: Dwayne Jones
The ex-Celtic deserves a spot at the end of the bench although his decision making and hands might keep that from happening. Jones is a solid defender with a so-so offensive game and seems to be the typical D-leaguer who has solid skills but no one strength that makes his useful to an NBA squad.
C: Justin Williams
More of a PF than a center, Williams is a solid defender and good rebounder with good enough offensive game. He's somewhat reminiscent of fellow Wyoming alum Theo Ratliff. A restricted free agent, the Kings should re-sign him but they might not be able to now that they overpaid Mikki Moore.
C: Jelani McCoy
A veteran big man, McCoy is solid in every facet and even had a solid season in Toronto, averaging 7/5 in 20 minutes for the Raptors. He just needed to get stronger to find a place in the league. He never did so he's bounced around but would be a good person to fill Mikki Moore's shoes on the Nets.