The first official day of Summer was Wednesday, June 21, but for the Charlotte Hornets it begins on July 1 when they kick off the Mountain Dew Pro Summer League in Orlando.
The Hornets brass have been busy since the conclusion of a disappointing 36-win season, and looked the part of a team in desperate need of a talent injection. Thus far GM Rich Cho has answered the call, dealing for center Dwight Howard and drafting dynamic shooting guard Malik Monk and swingman Dwayne Bacon all in about the amount of time it takes to microwave popcorn.
Per Kyle Boone of CBS Sports on Tuesday, Monk will now apparently miss all of Summer League with an ankle injury suffered during the draft workout process. With the 11th overall pick now seemingly on the shelf for at least a few weeks, what other names are worth monitoring on the Hornets summer roster?
Let’s take a closer look at some other notable Summer League invites that were announced this past Monday.
(Most recent team/league played for prior to Hornets listed below)
Dwayne Bacon – G/F – FSU
The aforementioned Seminole scored in double figures in all games but one this past season in Tallahassee, including ten contests where he posted at least 20. Bacon is a fluid scorer and a capable rebounder, as well, illustrated by his 6 boards a game his freshman year. If you missed it, Cho slipped up and introduced Dwayne Bacon as Dwyane Wade at his introductory press conference. I guess that’s better than referring to Malik Monk as Malik Rose…
Tyrell Corbin – G – Bima Perkasa, Indonesia
Corbin is a journeyman. No, not like an NBA journeyman… like an actual world traveler. After finishing his college career at Cal-State Bakersfield in 2015, the former Utah Mr. Basketball has been playing professional hoops in both Mongolia and Indonesia. He posted a line of 50-11-9 in his final game in the Indonesian Basketball League, and now returns to the Motherland to play summer hoops for the Hornets.
Przemek Karnowski – C – Gonzaga
Viewed by some as a first round pick after the 2016 season, the 7’1” Karnowski returned to school for his final year of eligibility, helping the Bulldogs reach the Final Four for the first time ever. The behemoth from Poland started over Zach Collins, the 10th pick in this year’s draft, but surprisingly went undrafted. Karnowski shot just under 60% from the field during his college career, and rocks a beard that would make James Harden blush.
Rasheed Sulaimon – G – Maryland
After an ugly break-up with the Duke Blue Devils and head coach Mike Krzyzewski in 2015, the 6’4” shooting guard transferred to Maryland for his senior season. Sulaimon, who averaged 11 points a game with the Terrapins while shooting over 42% from three-point range, went undrafted in 2016 and later joined Charlotte’s developmental league affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm. Still only 23 years old, the Hornets are hoping his talent outweighs the baggage.
Tai Webster – G – Nebraska
Born in Aukland, New Zealand, Webster played for the semi-professional National Basketball League prior to signing a letter of intent to play collegiately at the University of Nebraska in 2012. The combo guard posted a stout 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game despite the Cornhuskers’ dismal 12-19 record. Webster doesn’t have time for your floor-slapping antics, either. Watch him make Ohio State defender Jae’Sean Tate look like a garden gnome in this embarrassing blow-by after Tate slaps the floor getting into position. Classic.
Charlotte’s summer season tips off Saturday, July 1 versus the Miami Heat. View the full Summer League roster as well as mini-camp and game schedules here.
Christopher Kreider | @krydr1