Northwestern hoops alums hit Las Vegas

The NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas kicks off Friday afternoon as the majority of NBA teams will field teams in the massive event over the course of the next week and a half. Each team is guaranteed at least five games.

That means we will get at least five more looks at two former Northwestern Wildcats.

Both Drew Crawford and John Shurna will participate in the Summer League. This will be Crawford’s first turn at the NBA Summer League while this is Shurna’s third.

Crawford will suit up for the Pelicans on a team that includes former NBAers DeQuan Jones, Luke Babbitt and Josh Howard. It also includes notable college stars Russ Smith of Louisville and Patric Young of Florida.

The Pelicans play the D-League Select All Stars on Friday at 9:30 p.m., the Lakers on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and the Spurs on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

That means there will be no Drew vs. John showdown.

Shurna will suit up for the Raptors on a team that includes former NBAers Doron Lamb and Dwight Buycks. The Raptors are filled with a ton more hopefuls and retreads. He should have a decent chance at making the roster after a successful season in Spain playing in the ACB League.

The Raptors kick off their Summer League on Friday at 5 p.m. against the Lakers. That game will air on NBATV. Toronto’s second game is Saturday at 5 p.m. against the Nuggets, again on NBATV. Their final game will be Monday at 5 p.m. against Dallas. Again on NBATV. (All three of Shurna’s games are on NBATV).

We will be keeping track of our Wildcats trying to make the NBA as the Summer League progresses. Be sure to tune in.

  • Purple Haze

    Shurna led Raptors with 21 pts., 3 rebs. in 24 minutes. He went 5 for 8 from 3s. Reggie Miller, an all-time great three point shooter, said he likes Shurna’s game and the quick release on his shot. Good start.

    Crawford scored 6 points. He went 1-5 but went 4-4 from FTs. He played 18 minutes. Interesting to note that N.O. Pelican’s GM is Dell Demps, Tre’s dad. Tough mountain to climb to make the team but it is a possibility.

    • Icehockeycat

      You gotta believe Shurna is going to get a real hard look by some NBA teams as a 3-point specialist. He tore it up in Europe and if he can prove his release is quick enough for the NBA, he could be a valuable contributor.

      • rhett

        Hell, the Raptors themselves employed Steve Novak last year and gave him 540 minutes.

        Here’s hoping.