Clippers Announce Summer League Roster

The Clippers today announced their summer league roster, which begins play on July 12.

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate From NBA Exp.
3 Al-Farouq Aminu F 6'9" 215 9/21/1990 Wake Forest 0
30 Ryan Ayers F 6'7" 210 7/16/1986 Notre Dame 0
23 Rod Benson F/C 6'10" 235 10/10/1984 California 0
17 Marqus Blakely F 6'5" 225 10/22/1988 Vermont 0
12 Eric Bledsoe G 6'1" 190 12/09/1989 Kentucky 0
21 Nik Caner-Medley F 6'9" 240 10/20/1983 Maryland 0
24 Trey Johnson G 6'5" 218 8/30/1984 Jackson State 1
9 DeAndre Jordan C 6'11" 250 7/21/1988 Texas A&M 2
11 Jeremy Richardson F/G 6'6" 185 2/11/1984 Delta State 2
15 Sofoklis Schortsanitis F 6'9" 345 6/22/1985 Olympiacos (Greece) 0
13 Willie Warren G 6'4" 203 10/22/1989 Oklahoma 0
7 DaShaun Wood G 6'11" 180 9/29/1985 Wright State 0

Roster is subject to change

Steve Perrin will be covering some of the summer league games, and analyzed the roster over at Clips Nation:

The most interesting inclusions on the team this summer are Sofoklis Schortsianitis (MBFGC) and Nik Caner-Medley (NCM). 

The Clippers have held the NBA rights to MBFGC since they drafted him way back in 2003 (the same year they drafted Chris Kaman).  He's played in his native Greece that whole time, and has also been on Greece's national team in several major competitions.  In fact, he was integral in the Greece victory over Team USA in the World Championships in 2006.  His weight has fluctuated significantly over the years, at one point reportedly moving way above 400 pounds, at which point his Greek team, Olympiakos sent him to a fat farm in Switzerland.  However, he's back down to a (for him) svelte 315, and had a very productive season last year.  This is the ideal opportunity for him to break into the NBA (in fact, it may be his last chance) since he's not under contract in Europe right now.  Both he and the Clippers seem very interested in making it happen.  We knew he'd be over in the states working with the team, but the last I heard he was a long shot to participate in Summer League games.  It remains to be seen if his name was included on the roster just in case he gets a chance to play or if this means he's definitely playing.

NCM was a member of the Clippers' summer league squad last July, and was easily the best of the unsigned players.  Unfortunately for him, the Clippers roster last season was a little more full, and he did not get his crack at the NBA.  However, with LA needing anywhere from six to eight players to round out their roster, and with some of those destined to go to minimum salary guys, NCM actually has an outside chance of making the roster.  A terrific athlete, a strong rebounder, with a solid face up game and a motor that never stops, NCM was the fifth starter on last year's summer league squad along with Mike Taylor, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and frankly he more than held his own with those NBA players.  I'm very pleased to see him back on the roster.

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