The NBA Summer League has started, and several Bears are looking to earn a spot in the NBA.
Cory Jefferson- The former Brookly Nets draft pick is on the Spur’s Summer League team.
Cory Jefferson may be ready for the NBA jump. Think he has a good chance to stick w/ SA with the increase to 17 on the roster. https://t.co/wN756ObPjQ— Eric Salinas (@EricSal_7) June 30, 2017
Jefferson also played for the Suns and was signed by the Cavs before last season. He was a G League (formerly the D League) all-star last season. If his 3-point shooting is for real, he’ll have a chance to make the Spurs.
Pierre Jackson- Baylor’s former point guard has struggled with injuries the last few years. He made the Mavericks roster and was under contract with the 76ers before that.
Jackson still retains his incredible athleticism. Recognized as one of, if not the best player in the G League over the past couple years, he’ll look to make a stand with the Detroit Piston’s Summer League team.
Our Detroit Piston’s blog had this nice profile of him.
Johnathan Motley- After not getting drafted because of lingering issues with his meniscus, Johnathan Motley has signed a deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
Motley will try to earn a spot on the Mavs, but he’s likely to spend a while in the G League this season. The supremely talented Motley is working to expand his range and prove the 30 teams that did not select him were wrong.
Taurean Prince- By far Baylor’s best NBA player. Prince is coming off an impressive rookie season and will likely be the starting small forward for the Atlanta Hawks next season.
Prince will play some this summer too. His development from a low post threat at Earl Warren High School to All-Big 12 wing at Baylor was a testament to his impressive work ethic. If the Hawks add another wing in free agency, Prince’s time on the court this summer should help him improve and solidify his starting spot.
Two other Bears should play in the NBA this season. First, Ekpe Udoh will likely return to the United States and play in the NBA. He was dominant in the Euroleague and should be a good defensive center for an NBA team. The New York Times had a nice piece on him:
The unusual life of an American basketball star in Turkey https://t.co/mm08CZWmMo— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 30, 2017
Second, Quincy Acy should be on an NBA team. He played for the Nets last season and appeared in 38 games. He has a non-guaranteed deal with the Nets. Even if he’s not in Brooklyn this season, his incredible energy and improved range should keep him in the NBA.