Game On: New Orleans Pelicans vs. D-League Select

Published: July 11, 2014

Well, at least we got New Orleans Pelicans basketball, right? It is not an exciting matchup – No Wiggins or Parker or Randle (that comes Sunday), but it’s Pelicans basketball darn it! Today, New Orleans kicks off their Summer League schedule with a game against the D-League Select Team, a notoriously scrappy team in the Vegas Summer League (4-1 last year). Some familiar names for the Select team include: Devin Ebanks, Terell Harris, and Tony Mitchell. Ron Howard is also on the team. (No, not THAT Ron Howard – the NBDL Co-MVP Ron Howard).

But who are we kidding, we only care about our Pelicans and how guys like Russ Smith, Jeff Withey, and Patric Young fair against the collection of D-Leaguers. Bryan Gates has said that this Summer League will be all about Jeff Withey, so look for him to get the ball early and often. Also, watch out for our wings. It is possible that there is a position on the regular season roster up for grabs, so let’s see who stands out. And while we all love offense, pay close attention to Patric Young defensively, both on and off the ball.

Other Notes

– Starting lineup will be: Russ Smith, Josh Carter, Josh Howard, James Southerland, and Jeff Withey

– Any guy on this select team can be offered a training camp spot with the Pelicans. So don’t only watch our SF’s, take a look at their wings as well.

– If you missed this Summer League Preview and What To Watch For post about summer league, read it now.

– Check out SL Head Coach Bryan Gates after practice on Wednesday.

– Reminder: Luke Babbitt will not be on the team despite being listed initially. In all likelihood he will be traded on Sunday and that is the reason why. Meanwhile, Onuaku is back!!

– Game is at 9:30 Central. For $15, you can get all the SL games here. Or just wait for them to play on NBATV.

– Here is the full Select Team Roster





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