The Raptors announced on Friday the 15-man roster for the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League. OG Anunoby is the headlining player on the roster, which includes Malcolm Miller, Alfonzo McKinnie and Malachi Richardson — who was acquired from the Sacramento Kings at the trade deadline in exchange for Bruno Caboclo.
One interesting detail of note here is that Nick Nurse, who was officially promoted to head coach just over two weeks ago, will coach the Summer League squad. It’ll be a great opportunity to test out a few looks from his playbook, and should be a great primer before the preseason begins on September 27th.
Aside from the four players carrying over from last season, the team also includes undrafted rookie guard Rawle Alkins from Arizona, and Brazilian-born centre Augusto Lima, who also went undrafted in 2013, but has spent the last five years in EuroLeague play with Zalgiris Kaunus and most recently, UCAM Murcia of the Spanish league Liga Endesa.
Alkins is a multi-dimensional 6’5”, 220 pound guard who missed almost half of the season with a foot injury (which was ultimately surgically repaired) early in the 2017-18 campaign, but a player who clearly impacted the game when he was able to see the floor after getting healthy.
The injury and subsequent time missed impacted his draft status, as the one-time projected second-round pick was ultimately passed over entirely in the 60-pick draft. The Raptors do have a knack for finding unpolished gems during the summer months, so if there is one player to keep an eye on before training camp, it’s Alkins.
Overall, Nurse will have a chance to test out the shiniest of his new toys, perhaps by featuring Anunoby in a variety of offensive sets. Being an offense-focused coach, fans should expect to see Nurse use Anunoby in creative ways, especially since this will be their first opportunity as a head coach-player duo.
The Vegas Summer League kicks off on July 6th, and will play through to July 17th, for a total of 12 days. The Raptors open with a game on July 6th against the New Orleans Pelicans, in the Thomas and Mack Center, at 12:30 p.m. local time, and 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard.