Former Michigan basketball players in the NBA Summer League

The NBA Draft has come and gone, and free agency is in full swing, which means it’s Summer League time. It’s a chance for all rookies – drafted and undrafted – and unannounced journeymen to have a chance to show they belong on an active NBA roster next season.

There are three different summer leagues: California and Utah are both smaller, but the largest is the NBA 2K Las Vegas Summer League which runs July 7-17. Every NBA team will compete there, and every team will have many prospects that people will want to keep an eye on.

There are eight former Michigan Wolverines who are on the rosters who will see playing time: Chaundee Brown Jr (Atlanta), Isaiah Livers (Detroit), Eli Brooks (Indiana), DJ Wilson (Toronto), Caleb Houstan (Orlanda), Zavier Simpson (Orlanda), DeVante’ Jones (Oklahoma City) and Moussa Diabate (Los Angeles Clippers).

Of course, Houstan and Diabate were drafted in 2022 in the second round, so both will want to have a strong performance to prove they belong on the active roster to start the season.

Eli Brooks, the former Michigan captain, signed a 10-piece contract with the Pacers, so he’ll be looking to capitalize on his opportunity this summer. Additionally, DeVante’ Jones signed a summer league contract with the Thunder in hopes of impressing an NBA team.

Brown — who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2021 — played five total games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Hawks last year. He’s averaged six points during that streak.

Livers was a second-round selection for the Pistons in 2021 and he played in 19 games during his rookie year. He averaged six points and three rebounds while shooting 42-3 in 2021.

Zavier Simpson was undrafted in 2020 and he mainly played in the G-League where 14.5 points per game and seven assists last year. He finally got his call up for the Thunder last season when he played in four games and averaged 11 points and 7.5 assists per game.

Finally, DJ Wilson hopes to stay with an NBA team after being selected in the first round in the 2017 draft. Wilson played with Milwaukee, Houston, Oklahoma City and Toronto during his NBA career. The former Michigan player averaged 4.4 points per game in 12 minutes per game during his NBA career.

Caleb Houstan and Zavier Simpson with the Magic kick off the tournament on July 7. You can see a Full Las Vegas Summer League schedule here.

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