Jon Scheyer was never a surefire NBA player to begin with, a point made crystal clear when he went undrafted last summer. That said, Scheyer still seemed like an interesting prospect, even if he’s fairly limited in terms of athleticism. As a tall combo guard who can initiate offense and his outside shots consistently, Scheyer has definite offensive utility. The only question is if that utility can outweigh the other limitations in his game, particularly those on the defensive end.
The Miami Heat were interested enough to include Scheyer on their Vegas Summer League team, but only had a brief look; Scheyer sustained an injury to his right eye just two games into Miami’s Summer League schedule, and was forced to leave the team. Then the Los Angeles Clippers brought in Scheyer for training camp, but apparently saw no reason to offer him a contract.
After some time away from the NBA scene, Scheyer will try to earn a spot in the L through different means. According to a release from the team, Scheyer has been acquired by the Houston Rockets affiliated Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Vipers — who have had Mustafa Shakur and Ish Smith run the point for them this season, among others — are in need of some guard depth, and Scheyer’s ability to play either guard position will no doubt help to supplement the RGV backcourt.
The Clippers made three additions to the free agent pool on Saturday, including two notable names. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, L.A. has parted ways with NBA vet Jake Voskuhl, Dukie Jon Scheyer, and “other guy” Stephen Dennis.
Voskuhl was last seen — in an official NBA capacity, at least — as a member of the ’09 Raptors, though he did have a training camp stint last season with the Dallas Mavericks. Obviously Voskuhl didn’t stick then, and he was hoping to have better luck with this season’s Clippers. Bummer. On the bright side, Voskuhl could be a mid-season addition for a team lacking in center depth, or a team looking to compensate for injuries to their bigs.
Scheyer, who went undrafted after winning a national championship with Duke last season, attempted to fight for a roster spot with Miami at the Vegas Summer League before a nasty eye injury cut his tryout short. He was then linked to the Utah Jazz as a potential training camp candidate, but opted to go to camp with the Clippers instead. That didn’t work out too well for him, but his chances of making Utah’s roster would have been equally slim. At this point, Scheyer’s best way to stay on the NBA radar may be a year in the D-League, though it should surprise no one if he instead chooses to make some quick cash in Europe.
However, with most European teams settling into their rosters for the season to come, Scheyer may not get the kind of offers that would make a deal across the Atlantic a no-brainer. Regardless of where Scheyer ends up this season though, he’ll be around. We may not see him play in the States until next year’s summer league/training camp cycle, but he’s intriguing enough to warrant a camp invite and he’s secure enough in his position on the league’s cusp to pencil him in for a few return appearances.
UPDATE 9/17 4:07 pm: Or not. I mean who wants to go to camp in Utah anyway?
According to his agent Mark Bartelstein, Scheyer will not be attending the Jazz’s training camp (according to the twitter account of Jazz beat writer Brian Smith). The Jazz have offered and it made sense to think he would accept, but Bartelstein is a smart cookie so there must be a good reason. What Scheyer will do is not known.
9/16, 3:20 pm: Jon Scheyer is one of those guys with a good game for college. Sweet shooting stroke with the spot-up jumper, was pretty efficient everywhere else and helped lead Duke to a national title. Dukies love him.
But NBA scouts were not impressed. Not athletic enough, can’t defend at that level. He can shoot but was considered one dimensional. He went undrafted.
But the Utah Jazz are giving him a shot — they have invited the guard to camp, according to the wise men at Sham Sports.
On one hand, the Jazz actually have some open roster spots if they want to carry more people. So there is that.
The problem is, let’s look at the guard rotation in Utah: Deron Williams, Ronnie Price and Sundiata Gaines all at the point; with Raja Bell, C.J. Miles and Othyus Jeffers at the two. That’s six guards deep.
Not sure how Scheyer cracks that group. Or why Utah keeps a seventh guard. He’s probably just camp fodder. But he is getting a shot.