The NBA's Las Vegas summer league season will kick off on July 11, pitting some of the newest draftees against more experienced players trying to earn roster spots. The Hornets will start off facing last year's champions who ousted them in the semifinals, the Golden State Warriors. They won't have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bismack Biyombo or Jeff Taylor this year, but Cody Zeller will be back, and he absolutely tore up the league last summer, which I'd expect him to do again. They also add their rookies, Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston.
Charlotte also returns Jerome Dyson, the 6'3" guard out of UCONN, who last played for Enel Brindisi in Italy. Dyson was decent last summer with about 12 points per game on 44 percent shooting. Jamie Skeen, the 6'9" forward out of Virginia Commonwealth, also returns to the summer league lineup after a season with Super Basket Montegranaro.
The rest of the roster includes Davidson's DeMon Brooks, Justin Brownlee (St. John's then Erie Bayhawks), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), Micky McConnell (Saint Mary's, then Texas Legends), Roberto Nelson (Oregon State) and Jarred Shaw (Utah State).
Brooks, a Charlotte local who went to high school at Hopewell, should be an interesting player. An undersized power forward at 6'7", he'll have to transition to small forward to continue his professional career in the US. He scored 19 points per game on almost 60 percent shooting with about 7 rebounds per game. His post game was his best scoring asset, but that'll be a bit more difficult as a small forward against taller and longer defenders. He does have range on his jumper, however.