Selected 40th overall by Minnesota in last month's draft, Robinson has been considered by some a second-round steal. He's an athletic, strong wing with an NBA pedigree from his father, but it's unclear how his skill set can translate against NBA level talent. Summer league will afford him his first test against such players. Robinson has a good chance to make the Wolves' roster, but he can either improve or diminish it in Las Vegas.
Shved didn't make the necessary strides from Year 1 in the NBA to Year 2, instead struggling to make much of a difference as a reserve in former coach Rick Adelman's guard rotation. New head man Flip Saunders says Shved is more comfortable with the ball in his hands, yet he's been working a lot at the two spot -- which he primarily played with the Wolves' second unit last season -- during pre-summer league workouts. Minnesota's games in Vegas could help determine whether Shved remains on the roster or is bought out before the season begins.
The Wolves' Senegalese center answered a lot of questions about his ability toward the end of his rookie year with a masterful 15-game stretch to close the 2013-14 season. The next step in his progression, then, is sustaining such production throughout the course of a season. To that end, he's added 17 pounds to his 6-foot-11 frame and is now playing at 252. Observers will be privy to how he's carrying his added mass when Minnesota's summer league gets going Saturday.
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Like Dieng, this won't be Muhammad's first rodeo in Nevada. The Las Vegas native began showing flashes of his athleticism in last year's summer league but never saw his efforts translate to much NBA playing time. His best stretch last season came in the NBA Developmental League against competition similar to what he and Minnesota's traveling contingent will see at summer league. But a slimmed-down Muhammad's truest preseason test will come in training camp when he gets another crack at a wing rotation that currently features Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger, among others.
Summer league is most renowned as a stage for recent top draft picks to show their stuff, and an especially weathered eye will be kept on LaVine, the 13th overall selection in this year's selection extravaganza. LaVine can run. He can jump. But can he play with the world's best? There's little to evaluate in that regard given that he came off the bench in college and is just 19 years of age. But summer league will be his first real opportunity to, as he puts it, "turn some heads" toward his talents.