NBA Summer League Cheat Sheet: Tournament Schedule, Team Rosters and Previews

Ethan Miller/Getty Images. Pictured: A basketball is shown on the court during and NBA Summer League game at the Thomas & Mack Center in 2019.

The 2021 MGM Resorts Summer League tips off Sunday night in Las Vegas.

All 30 teams will be in action this week as they look to finalize their training camp rosters with more information on newly acquired players via the draft, trades, and free agency.

This is not only the first chance for teams’ top draft picks to play competitive basketball, but it is also an opportunity for under-the-radar players to earn a spot in the NBA or the G League. For more on the which teams oddsmakers expect to make noise, click here for updated tournament winner odds.

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Summer League Format

  • All 30 teams will be a part of the 2021 MGM Resorts Summer League in Las Vegas with each team playing four games from August 8-15.
  • The top two teams after the first four games will compete in the Championship Game on August 17. If a tiebreak is needed, the tiebreaker will be determined in this order: head-to-head matchup, point differential, and then random drawing.
  • The remaining 28 teams will play a fifth (consolation) game on either August 16 or 17.
  • These consolation games will be chosen via several criteria including rivalries, broadcast interest, and scheduling issues (such as avoiding back-to-backs).

Summer League Schedule

Sunday, August 8

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Boston vs Atlanta 4:00 p.m. NBA TV
Toronto vs New York 4:30 p.m. ESPN2
Portland vs Charlotte 6:00 p.m. NBA TV
Houston vs Cleveland 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
Washington vs Indiana 8:00 p.m. NBA TV
Oklahoma City vs Detroit 8:30 p.m. ESPN2
Denver vs Miami 10:00 p.m. NBA TV
LA Lakers vs Phoenix 10:30 p.m. ESPN2

Monday, August 9

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
New Orleans vs Chicago 3:00 p.m. ESPN2
Dallas vs Philadelphia 4:00 p.m. NBA TV
Brooklyn vs Memphis 5:00 p.m. ESPN2
Charlotte vs Sacramento 6:00 p.m. NBA TV
San Antonio vs Minnesota 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Orlando vs Golden State 8:00 p.m. NBA TV
LA Clippers vs Milwaukee 9:00 p.m. ESPNU
Phoenix vs Utah 10:00 p.m. NBA TV

Tuesday, August 10

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Atlanta vs Indiana 6:00 p.m. NBA TV
Boston vs Denver 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Chicago vs San Antonio 8:00 p.m. NBA TV
Detroit vs Houston 9:00 p.m. ESPN
Sacramento vs Washington 10:00 p.m. NBA TV
LA Clippers vs Portland 11:00 p.m. ESPNU

Wednesday, August 11

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Milwaukee vs Brooklyn 4:00 p.m. ESPN2
Miami vs Memphis 5:00 p.m. NBA TV
Cleveland vs Orlando 6:00 p.m. ESPN2
Oklahoma City vs New Orleans 7:00 p.m. NBA TV
Toronto vs Golden State 8:00 p.m. ESPN2
Utah vs Dallas 9:00 p.m. NBA TV
New York vs LA Lakers 10:00 p.m. ESPN2

Thursday, August 12

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
San Antonio vs Charlotte 3:00 p.m. ESPNU
Chicago vs Minnesota 4:00 p.m. NBA TV
Washington vs Brooklyn 5:00 p.m. ESPNU
Indiana vs Portland 6:00 p.m. NBA TV
Orlando vs Boston 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
Houston vs Toronto 8:00 p.m. NBA TV
Philadelphia vs Atlanta 9:00 p.m. ESPN2
Phoenix vs Denver 10:00 p.m. NBA TV

Friday, August 13

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Minnesota vs Milwaukee 4:00 p.m. NBA TV
Miami vs Utah 5:00 p.m. ESPNU
New Orleans vs Cleveland 6:00 p.m. NBA TV
Golden State vs Oklahoma City 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
New York vs Detroit 8:00 p.m. NBA TV
Memphis vs Sacramento 9:00 p.m. ESPNU
LA Lakers vs LA Clippers 10:00 p.m. NBA TV

Saturday, August 14

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Denver vs Dallas 3:00 p.m. NBA TV
Atlanta vs Miami 4:00 p.m. ESPN2
Philadelphia vs Boston 5:00 p.m. NBA TV
Indiana vs Oklahoma City 6:00 p.m. ESPN2
Charlotte vs Toronto 7:00 p.m. NBA TV
Cleveland vs New York 8:00 p.m. ESPN2
Portland vs Phoenix 9:00 p.m. NBA TV
Detroit vs LA Lakers 10:00 p.m. ESPN2

Sunday, August 15

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Dallas vs Sacramento 3:00 p.m. ESPN2
Milwaukee vs Washington 4:00 p.m. NBA TV
Utah vs LA Clippers 5:00 p.m. ESPN2
Brooklyn vs San Antonio 6:00 p.m. NBA TV
Minnesota vs Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
Orlando vs Houston 8:00 p.m. NBA TV
Golden State vs New Orleans 9:00 p.m. ESPN2
Memphis vs Chicago 10:00 p.m. NBA TV

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Summer League Rosters


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Atlanta Hawks

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Tofas (Turkey) F Illinois State/USA
Jordan Bell F Oregon/USA
Nahziah Carter G Washington/USA
Sharife Cooper G Auburn/USA
Javin DeLaurier F Duke/USA
Juwan Durham F Notre Dame/USA
Max Heidegger G UC Santa Barbara/USA
Justin Jaworski G Lafayette/USA
Jalen Johnson F Duke/USA
Jeremiah Martin G Memphis/USA
Skylar Mays G LSU/USA
Eric Moreland F Oregon State/USA
Admiral Schofield F Tennessee/England
Ibi Watson G Dayton/USA

Players to Watch: The Hawks should be a lot of fun, though not necessarily good. Rookie Sharife Cooper is a jitterbug who can make every pass but he’s tiny and can’t shoot much yet, so that could make for some rough results. Jalen Johnson should also get a ton of opportunity to handle on the wing. Good for development, but could be rough on the team results.

Boston Celtics

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Zach Auguste C Notre Dame/USA
Juhann Begarin G Paris Basket/Guadeloupe
Carsen Edwards G Purdue/USA
Sam Hauser F Virginia/USA
Aric Holman C Mississippi State/USA
Romeo Langford G Indiana/USA
Dedric Lawson F Kansas/USA
KJ Lawson G Tulane/USA
Yam Madar G Hapoel Tel Aviv/Israel
Aaron Nesmith F Vanderbilt/USA
Payton Pritchard G Oregon/USA
Eric Moreland F Oregon State/USA
Admiral Schofield F Tennessee/England
Ibi Watson G Dayton/USA

Players to Watch: The Celtics will be fun for big college hoops fans because there’s a ton of recognizable names here and the team should be pretty competitive. Carsen Edwards is built to excel in Summer League with his microwave scoring ability. Payton Pritchard will run the offense well, and Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford are two of the better SL wings. NCAA fans will also recognize guys like Dedric Lawson, Zach Auguste, and Sam Hauser.

Brooklyn Nets

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Jordan Bowden G Tennessee/USA
David Duke G Providence/USA
Kessler Edwards F Pepperdine/USA
Kaiser Gates F Xavier/USA
RaiQuan Gray F Florida State/USA
Alize Johnson F Missouri State/USA
Brandon Knight G Kentucky/USA
Reggie Perry F Mississippi State/USA
Brandon Rachal G Tulsa/USA
Day’Ron Sharpe C North Carolina/USA
Chris Silva F South Carolina/Gabon
Cam Thomas G Louisiana State/USA
Quinndary Weatherspoon G Mississippi State/USA
Marcus Zegarowski G Creighton/USA

Players to Watch: The Nets ended up making five draft picks, and for a top-heavy roster with precious little depth, this may be the most title-relevant Summer League team because some of these guys may actually play. Cam Thomas is a walking bucket, and Marcus Zegarowski and Duke could be similarly valuable bench scorers. Day’Ron Sharpe may already be in the big man rotation, and RaiQuan Gray looks like a guy who could play well with James Harden. Veterans like Alize Johnson, Reggie Perry, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Chris Silva could also make an impression. A lot of guys here could be fighting for real roster minutes, especially with Brooklyn load managing.

Charlotte Hornets

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
LiAngelo Ball G Vytautas Prienu (Lithuania)/USA
Joel Berry G Besiktas (Turkey)/USA
James Bouknight G Connecticut/USA
Vernon Carey F/C Duke/USA
DJ Carton G Marquette/USA
Kai Jones F/C Texas/Bahamas
Arnoldas Kulboka F Retabet Bilbao Basket/Lithuania
Scottie Lewis G Florida/USA
Denzel Mahoney G/F Creighton/USA
Cam McGriff F Oklahoma State/USA
Nick Richards C Kentucky/Jamaica
Grant Riller G Charleston/USA
Xavier Sneed F Kansas State/USA
Kenny Williams G North Carolina/USA

Players to Watch: No LaMelo Ball, but we do get LiAngelo Ball and plenty of other intrigue. James Bouknight should light up SL scoreboards with his microwave scoring, Kai Jones and JT Thor are super athletic and raw but should get some highlight blocks and dunks. Sophomore Grant Riller is a bucket too, and he and Vernon Carey should keep this team competitive with their high floor.

Chicago Bulls

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Ryan Daly SG St. Joseph’s/USA
Jaylen Adams G St. Bonaventure/USA
Devon Dotson G Kansas/USA
Ayo Dosunmu G Illinois/USA
Jerome Robinson G Boston College/USA
Omari Spellman C/F Villanova/USA
Ethan Thompson G Oregon State/USA
Tyler Bey F Colorado/USA
Marko Simonovic C KK Mega Basket/Montenegro
Sterling Manley F/C North Carolina/USA
Troy Baxter Jr. F Morgan State/USA
Patrick Williams F Florida State/USA
Simi Shittu F Vanderbilt/England

Players to Watch: Patrick Williams is the highest 2020 draft pick playing this summer, though I bet he only goes the first couple games. Would be great to see him in a bigger playmaking role with more of the ball in his hands. Catch Chicago early while Williams features because it’s pretty much just local favorite Ayo Dosunmu after that.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
James Banks III C Georgia Tech / USA
Trevon Bluiett G Xavier / USA
Jaylen Hands G UCLA / USA
Sehmus Hazer G Besiktas Sompo Japan / Turkey
Mfiondu Kabengele F/C Florida State / USA
Evan Mobley F/C USC / USA
Isaac Okoro G Auburn / USA
Matt Ryan F Chattanooga / USA
Tre Scott F Cincinnati / USA
Lamar Stevens F Penn State / USA
Brodric Thomas G Truman State / USA
Chandler Vaudrin F Winthrop / USA

Players to Watch: The Cavs are the only team with multiple recent top-5 draft picks playing this summer but I fear Evan Mobley and Isaac Okoro could disappoint. There’s no real place for defense at SL, and Mobley needs guards to help him succeed on offense and won’t get any help there. Hopefully this means more time on the ball for Okoro and Mobley than they’ll ever get in a real game. Good for development, not so much for winning summer games.

Dallas Mavericks

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
LJ Figueroa G Oregon/USA
Robert Franks F Washington State/USA
Josh Green G/F Arizona/Australia
Nate Hinton G Houston/USA
Feron Hunt F SMU/USA
Carlik Jones G Louisville/USA
Eugene Omoruyi F Oregon/Canada
EJ Onu F/C Shawnee State/USA
Tariq Owens F Texas Tech/USA
Devonte Patterson F Prairie View A&M/USA
Devontae Shuler G Mississippi/USA
Tyrell Terry G Stanford/USA

Players to Watch: Not much to see here, which is sorta what happens when you trade all your picks for Kristaps Porzingis. Josh Green is the most intriguing name as last year’s first rounder, but he’s still just returning from hooping with Australia in Tokyo and may not play much.

Denver Nuggets

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Caleb Agada G/F Hapoel Beer Sheva/Canada
Giorgi Bezhanishvili F Illinois/Georgia
Chudier Bile F Georgetown/USA
Tarik Black F Kansas/USA
Bol Bol C Oregon/Sudan
Jason Burnell F Jacksonville State/USA
Deonte Burton F Iowa State/USA
Zylan Cheatham F Arizona State/USA
Semaj Christon G Xavier/USA
Eugene German G Northern Illinois/USA
Markus Howard G Marquette/USA
Bones Hyland G VCU/USA
Matur Maker F Zlatorog/Australia
Steffon Mitchell F Boston College/USA
Zeke Nnaji F Arizona/USA
Arnas Velicka G Basket Lowen Braunschweig/Lithuania

Players to Watch: The presence of Bol Bol and Matur Maker make Denver absolutely must-see Summer League ball. That’s 14 feet and barely 400 pounds of raw basketball intrigue. Bol is a fan favorite anywhere he plays, and we’ve been waiting to see Maker for a while. Just tons of outlier handling and shooting for guys this size. Markus Howard and Bones Hyland are also a random fireball 30-point SL outing, and Zeke Nnaji is a hustle guy who will probably put up big numbers in this format.

Detroit Pistons

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Saddiq Bey F Villanova/USA
Tyler Cook F Iowa/USA
Cade Cunningham G/F Oklahoma State/USA
Sekou Doumbouya F Guinea
Blake Francis G Richmond/USA
Luka Garza C Iowa/USA
Killian Hayes G France
Grant Jerrett F/C Arizona/USA
Saben Lee G Vanderbilt/USA
Spencer Littleson G Toledo/USA
Isaiah Livers F Michigan/USA
John Petty Jr. G/F Alabama/USA
Jamorko Pickett F Georgetown/USA
Deividas Sirvydis G Lithuania
Chris Smith F UCLA/USA
Isaiah Stewart F/C Washington/USA
Anthony Tarke F Coppin State/USA

Players to Watch: This is one of the most loaded and intriguing Summer League rosters … ever? Cade Cunningham is obviously the main attraction, and he alone is worth the price of admission. We’ve never seen him on this stage or with this much talent around him (at least since Montverde Academy, good grief!). It’s not just Cade, though. Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart were two of the league’s best rookies last year, plus we get another look at young international lottery picks Killian Hayes and Sekou Doumbouya. Luka Garza could mash in this format too. Detroit is the one must-see team this summer. They’ll be good and fun.

Golden State Warriors

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Derrick Alston Jr. F Boise State/USA
Kyle Guy G Virginia/USA
Justinian Jessup G Boise State/ USA
Jonathan Kuminga F G League Ignite/Republic of Congo
Selom Mawugbe C Azusa Pacific/USA
Jaquori McLaughlin G UC Santa Barbara/USA
Moses Moody G Arkansas/USA
Travis Munnings F Louisiana-Monroe/Bahamas
Cameron Oliver F Nevada/USA
Eli Pemberton G Hofstra/USA
Colbey Ross G Pepperdine/USA
Jordan Schakel G San Diego State/USA
Kendall Smith G Oklahoma State/USA
Ryan Taylor G Northwestern/USA
Kahlil Whitney F Kentucky/USA
Tim Williams F New Mexico/USA

Players to Watch: The Warriors have three big-ticket recent lottery guys, but Jonathan Kuminga is the big draw here. Unless you caught the month of G League, this is your first chance to catch the raw but supremely talented wing. This should be a great high-usage showcase for Kuminga. Take the points over. Unfortunately, James Wiseman is hurt and won’t be playing. These would’ve been key development games for him. Moses Moody won’t really be in the 3-and-D role he’s expected to play for the Warriors. This is all about Kuminga.

Houston Rockets

PLAYER Position Team Prior to NBA
Jalen Green G NBA G League Ignite/USA
KJ Martin F IMG Academy (FL)/USA
Armoni Brooks G Houston/USA
Josh Christopher G Arizona State/USA
Usman Garuba F Real Madrid/Spain
Khyri Thomas G Creighton/USA
Alperen Sengun F-C Besiktas/USA
Anthony Lamb F Vermont/USA
Trey Phills G Yale/USA
Jalen Tate G Arkansas/USA
Marcus Foster G Creighton/USA
Matthew Hurt F Duke/USA

Players to Watch: The Rockets had four of the first 24 picks in the draft, and all of them are playing this summer. No. 2 pick Jalen Green is the headliner. Many haven’t seen him since he played in the G League. He has an electric first step and a scorer’s mentality, and he’s a highlight waiting to happen. International big men Alperen Sengun (Turkey) and Usman Garuba (Spain) are also main attractions since most fans have never seen either before. Garuba is just returning from the Olympics, and Sengun averaged 19/9 in a good Euro league at age 18. Josh Christopher is a bucket and finally healthy too. Houston is must-watch Summer League basketball.

Indiana Pacers

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Goga Bitadze C Republic of Georgia
Bennie Boatwright F USC
Jordan Bone G Tennessee
Amida Brimah C Connecticut/Ghana
Oshae Brissett F Syracuse/Canada
Chris Duarte G Oregon/Dominican Republic
Terry Henderson G North Carolina State
B.J. Johnson F LaSalle
Devin Robinson F Florida
Cassius Stanley G Duke
Keifer Sykes G Green Bay
Terry Taylor G Austin Peay
Tyrone Wallace G California
Duane Washington, Jr. G Ohio State

Players to Watch: Not much to see here unless you’re a big basketball nerd. We already know what Chris Duarte is at age 24, and this isn’t the right place for Goga Bitadze or Isaiah Jackson (once his trade processes) to showcase much.

Los Angeles Clippers

PLAYER Position Team Prior to NBA
Jay Scrubb G John A. Logan/USA
Amir Coffey G-F Minnesota/USA
Daniel Oturu C Minnesota/USA
Brandon Boston Jr. G Kentucky/USA
Kerwin Roach II G Texas/USA
Jason Preston G Ohio/USA
Jordan Ford G St. Marys/USA
Isaiah Hicks F North Carolina/USA
Lydell Elmore F High Point/USA
Kaleb Wesson F Ohio State/USA
Keon Johnson G Tennessee/USA

Players to Watch: Keon Johnson broke Combine records with a 48-inch vertical. He’s the guy to watch here, a modern-day Latrell Sprewell type who could get more minutes than you think this year with Kawhi Leonard hurt. B.J. Boston (once his trade is finalized) is another lanky rookie wing with potential, and Jason Preston impressed in Ohio’s Cinderella March Madness run. Unlike other contenders, the Clippers quietly helped themselves on Draft Day and have names to watch.

Los Angeles Lakers

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Joel Ayayi G Gonzaga / France
Chaundee Brown Jr. G Michigan / USA
Devontae Cacok F/C UNCW / USA
Yoeli Childs F BYU / USA
Jordan Floyd G King / USA
Romaro Gill C Seton Hall / Jamaica
Alan Griffin F Syracuse / USA
Vic Law F Northwestern / USA
Mac McClung G Texas Tech / USA
Trevelin Queen G New Mexico State / USA
Austin Reaves G Oklahoma / USA
Justin Robinson G Virginia Tech / USA
Zavier Simpson G Michigan / USA

Players to Watch: Gone are the old days where Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram had the local fans going wild in Vegas. The Lakers probably won’t rely much on youth this year, but do keep an eye on 2-way guys Joel Ayayi and Austin Reaves, both of whom look like nice theoretical role players around LeBron James.

Memphis Grizzlies

PLAYER Position Team Prior to NBA
Romeo Weems F DePaul/USA
Anthony Cowan Jr. G Maryland/USA
Xavier Tillman Sr. F-C Michigan State/USA
Yves Pons G-F Tennessee/USA
Ahmad Caver G Old Dominion/USA
Ziaire Williams G-F Stanford/USA
Shaq Buchanan G Murray State/USA
Olivier Sarr C Kentucky/USA
Keaton Wallace G Texas-San Antonio/USA
Desmond Bane G-F TCU/USA
Santi Aldama F Loyola College, MD/USA
Sam Merrill G Utah State/USA
Ben Moore F SMU/USA
Sean McDermott G-F Butler/USA
Darnell Cowart F Murray State/USA
Killian Tillie F-C Gonzaga/USA
John Konchar G-F Fort Wayne/USA

Players to Watch: The Grizzlies have one of the youngest and deepest NBA rosters, and that means their SL roster is stacked. You’ll need to catch Desmond Bane and Xavier Tillman early, if they play at all. They were terrific in Salt Lake this week and look too good for summer play. Memphis traded up for Ziaire Williams in the lottery. He had a lost freshman season at Stanford so this is a fresh start for a player the team has invested a lot in. Santi Aldama was another surprise first round pick, a mostly unknown big man out of Loyola. Yves Pons and Romeo Weems went undrafted but could catch on as gangling, athletic wings without an offensive role. Pons is good for at least one highlight block per game.

Miami Heat

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Tyson Carter G Mississippi State/USA
Marcus Garrett G Kansas/USA
DeJon Jarreau G Houston/USA
A.J. Lawson G South Carolina/Canada
R.J. Nembhard G Texas Christian/USA
KZ Okpala F Stanford/USA
Micah Potter F/C Wisconsin/USA
Javonte Smart G Louisiana State/USA
Dru Smith G Missouri/USA
Justin Smith F Arkansas/USA
D.J. Stewart, Jr. G/F Mississippi State/USA
Max Strus G/F DePaul/USA
Gabe Vincent G UC Santa Barbara/USA
Ӧmer Yurtseven C Georgetown/Turkey

Players to Watch: If you wanted to catch Miami summer basketball, you should’ve been watching Team Nigeria at the Olympics. KZ Okpala and Gabe Vincent featured there so I’m not sure they’ll play much here. We may get a lot more Omer Yurtseven, which … sure.

Milwaukee Bucks

No Official Roster Listed

Players to Watch: The champs don’t have much by way of youth. Jordan Nwora is fresh off a few weeks with Nigeria at the Olympics, and he’s a good scorer with a chance to carve out a bench role for himself. Jalen Crutcher was Obi Toppin’s point guard at Dayton. Sandro Mamukelashvili is a stretch big who could spell Brook Lopez some, if they can remember how to say his name.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Brian Bowen II F La Lumiere H.S./USA
Jared Brownridge G Santa Clara/USA
Jeremiah (JJ) Culver G Wayland Baptist/USA
Marcus Derrickson F Georgetown/USA
John Egbunu C Florida/USA
Nathan Knight F William & Mary/USA
Matt Lewis G James Madison/USA
Karim Mané G Vanier College/Canada
Jaden McDaniels F Washington/USA
Isaiah Miller G UNC Greensboro/USA
Malcolm Miller F Holy Cross/USA
Jaylen Nowell G Washington/USA
London Perrantes G Virginia/USA
Cullen Russo F Fresno State/USA
Kenny Wooten F Oregon/USA
McKinley Wright IV G Colorado/USA

Players to Watch: Anthony Edwards is way too good for Summer League, and the Wolves traded both of this year’s picks in the Russell-Wiggins deal. Jaden McDaniels had a nice rookie season but this isn’t really his scene. Jaylen Nowell and undrafted rookie McKinley Wright IV could push for time.

New Orleans Pelicans

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Jose Alvarado G Georgia Tech/USA
David DiLeo F Central Michigan/USA
Malcolm Hill G Illinois/USA
Daulton Hommes F Point Loma Nazarene/USA
Herbert Jones F Alabama/USA
Kira Lewis Jr. G Alabama/USA
Didi Louzada G Sydney Kings (Australia)/Brazil
Naji Marshall F Xavier (OH)/USA
Anžejs Pasečņiks C Latvia
Moses Wright C Georgia Tech/USA

Players to Watch: Shouldn’t the Pelicans have a lot more interesting Summer League players for a young, rebuilding team? Kira Lewis is lightning fast and will make this team fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing Didi Louzada again after the strong impression he made last SL. Trey Murphy should join the roster once he’s officially traded, but he and Herb Jones are defenders first and not built to shine here. A little surprising we won’t see Nickeil Alexander-Walker here.

New York Knicks

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Trey Davis G Massachusetts/USA
Quentin Grimes G Houston/USA
Tyler Hall G Montana State/USA
Rokas Jokubaitis G Žalgiris Kaunas/Lithuania
Miles McBride G West Virginia/USA
Justin Patton C Creighton/USA
Immanuel Quickley G Kentucky/USA
Quinton Rose G/F Temple/USA
Wayne Selden G Kansas/USA
Aamir Simms F Clemson/USA
Jericho Sims F Texas/USA
Obi Toppin F Dayton/US
Reid Travis F Kentucky/USA
Luca Vildoza G Saski Baskonia/Argentina
M.J. Walker G Florida State/USA

Players to Watch: If fans were allowed, the Knicks would absolutely be the buzz team at Vegas. Obi Toppin needs the reps and should excel in this format and put up some highlight dunks. Immanuel Quickley may not play long but should impress while he’s out there. Rokas Jokubaitis and Luca Vildoza are intriguing internationals who get to make a first impression. Quentin Grimes and Deuce McBride are more familiar but play hard in the Thibs mold, and this feels like a team that will play hard as it continues to establish a winning team culture.

Oklahoma City Thunder

PLAYER Position Team Prior to NBA
Josh Giddey G Adelaide/Australia
Jaylen Hoard F Wake Forest/USA
Theo Maledon G Asvel/France
Oscar da Silva F Stanford/USA
Jalen Lecque G Brewster Academy/USA
Josh Hall F Moravian Prep (NC)/USA
Aaron Wiggins G Maryland/USA
Tre Mann G Florida/USA
Rob Edwards G Arizona State/USA
Emmitt Williams F LSU/USA
Ryan Woolridge G Gonzaga/USA
Charlie Brown Jr. G St. Joseph’s (PA)/USA
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl F Villanova/USA

Players to Watch: Australian lead handler Josh Giddey will surely be one of the summer’s main attractions. Giddey can make every pass in the book at 6-foot-8 and will dazzle fans with highlight dimes, and this is a first chance to see him against this level of competition. Theo Maledon will also play, though he’s a “too good to be here” candidate, and Tre Mann is another exciting guard to watch.

Orlando Magic

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Cole Anthony G North Carolina/USA
Ignas Brazdeikis F Michigan/Canada
Barry Brown Jr. G Kansas State/USA
Jeff Dowtin G Rhode Island/USA
Tahj Eaddy G USC/USA
Hassani Gravett G South Carolina/USA
Jaire Grayer G TCU/USA
R.J. Hampton G New Zealand Breakers/USA
D.J. Hogg F Texas A&M/USA
Justin Jackson F Maryland/USA
Shakur Juiston F Oregon/USA
Yante Maten F Georgia/USA
Tahjere McCall G Tennessee State/USA
Asbjorn Midtgaard C Grand Canyon/Denmark
Jalen Suggs G Gonzaga/USA
Amar Sylla F Filou Oostende (Belgium)/Senegal
Jon Teske C Michigan/USA
Jeremiah Tilmon C Missouri/USA
Janis Timma F Latvia
Franz Wagner F Michigan/Germany

Players to Watch: Summer League is about guard play, and that should make the Magic very watchable and very good. Sophomores Cole Anthony and R.J. Hampton both had huge moments as rookies and are ready to put up some big scoring lines, and we already saw what Jalen Suggs did on the biggest stage at the Final Four. All three marquee names should be a fun watch. Franz Wagner isn’t really a SL watch guy, though we do get to see Amar Sylla finally.

Philadelphia 76ers

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Mitch Ballock G Creighton/USA
Charles Bassey C Western Kentucky/Nigeria
Aaron Henry F Michigan State/USA
Isaiah Joe G Arkansas/USA
Braxton Key G Virginia/USA
Charles Matthews G Michigan/USA
Frank Mason III G Kansas/USA
Tyrese Maxey G Kentucky/USA
Daishen Nix G G League Ignite/USA
Lamar Peters G Mississippi State/USA
Filip Petrušev F Gonzaga/Serbia
Paul Reed F DePaul/USA
Jaden Springer G Tennessee/USA
Rayjon Tucker G Little Rock/USA

Players to Watch: The Sixers are a basketball nerd’s fever dream, but it’s hard to get a feel for this roster with Ben Simmons’ status up in the air. This could be one of those situations where some of these guys get traded mid-SL game if Simmons news breaks. Tyrese Maxey is the showcase name and is too good to play much. Jaden Springer could be this year’s buzzy breakout name now that he’s healthy. He was a draft Twitter favorite. Paul Reed and Isaiah Joe were G League breakouts. Aaron Henry and Charles Matthews could contend for rotation wing minutes; likewise Charles Bassey and Filip Petrusev behind Embiid. Lots to see here and a pretty good roster.

Phoenix Suns

PLAYER Position Team Prior to NBA
Ty-Shon Alexander G Creighton/USA
Jaleen Smith G New Hampshire/USA
Jalen Smith F Maryland/USA
Trey Kell G San Diego State/USA
Jon Axel Gudmundsson G Davidson/USA
Kyle Alexander C-F Tennessee/USA
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. C Baylor/USA
Justin Simon F St. Johns/USA
Michael Frazier II G Florida/USA
Nate Mason G Minnesota/USA
Alpha Diallo F Providence/USA
Vitto Brown F Wisconsin/USA
Zachary Hankins C Xavier/USA
Tyrique Jones F-C Xavier/USA
Emmanuel Nzekwesi F Oral Roberts/USA

Players to Watch: If you only skip one Summer League team, make it Phoenix. Last year’s lottery pick Jalen Smith will play after not getting any playoff run, but this isn’t a great setting for him, unless you like getting confused about there being a Jaleen Smith on the same roster. Ty-Shon Alexander could be something.

Portland Trail Blazers

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Michael Beasley F Kansas State/USA
Antonio Blakeney G LSU/USA
Greg Brown III F Texas/USA
Jordon Crawford G Bowling Green/USA
Milton Doyle G Loyola (IL)/USA
CJ Elleby G Washington State/USA
Kenneth Faried F/C Morehead State/USA
George King F Colorado/USA
Nassir Little F North Carolina/USA
Erik McCree F Louisiana Tech/USA
Emmanuel Mudiay G Guangzhou (China)/USA
Kobi Simmons G Arizona/USA
Mark Vital F Baylor/USA
Trendon Watford F LSU/USA
Kaleb Wesson C Ohio State/USA

Players to Watch: This is an incredibly deep team, which is why they are the favorites to win the tournament. Portland has had a lot of past success at Summer League and this is definitely the sort of team that could contend again. Antonio Blakeney and Kobi Simmons have been big-time SL scorers in the past, and somehow Michael Beasley and Kenneth Faried are playing in the Summer League. Faried’s energy suits the format well and he could be a nice mentor to Greg Brown. Emmanuel Mudiay is a nice SL point guard too, and Nassir Little is a developmental name to watch.

Sacramento Kings

PLAYER Position Team Prior to NBA
Jahmi’us Ramsey G Texas Tech/USA
Robert Woodard II F Mississippi State/USA
Davion Mitchell G Baylor/USA
Ade Murkey G Iowa Wolves
Louis King F Oregon/USA
Chimezie Metu F Southern California/USA
Emanuel Terry F Agua Caliente
Marcus Graves G Salt Lake City Stars
DJ Steward G Duke/USA
Damien Jefferson F Creighton/USA
Matt Coleman G Texas/USA
Johnathan Williams F Niners Chemnitz/Germany
Alex Antetokounmpo F UCAM Murcia/Spain
Princepal Singh F NBA G League Ignite
Neemias Queta C Utah State/USA

Players to Watch: The Kings made one of the more surprising lottery picks reaching on Davion Mitchell, but we already saw a ton of him in Baylor’s title run. D.J. Steward and Jah’mius Ramsey are super talented but even more raw wing prospects. Neemias Queta was the other draft pick, and he’s a slow plodder and the exact opposite of what you want to see in Summer League.

San Antonio Spurs

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Eric Demers G Gordon/USA
Stephen Domingo G California/USA
Biram Faye C CB Girona/Senegal
DaQuan Jeffries G/F Tulsa/USA
Kaleb Johnson G Georgetown/USA
Tre Jones G Duke/USA
Skal Labissiere F Kentucky/Haiti
Anthony Mathis G Oregon/USA
Matt Mitchell F San Diego State/USA
Jaylen Morris G Molloy/USA
Zach Norvell G Gonzaga/USA
Josh Primo G Alabama/Canada
Nate Renfro F San Francisco/USA
Justin Robinson F Duke/USA
Justin Turner G Bowling Green/USA
Devin Vassell G/F Florida State/USA
Joe Wieskamp G/F Iowa/USA

Players to Watch: The Spurs love to use Summer League to put one key young player in an outsize role with a lot of the ball and see what happens, and Devin Vassell could be the pick this year. It feels a little early to expect much from Josh Primo as the youngest player in the draft, but we’ll see. It’s nice to have a competent point guard like Tre Jones to run the summer offense.

Toronto Raptors

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Jalen Adams G Connecticut/USA
Dalano Banton G Nebraska/Canada
Scottie Barnes G-F Florida State/USA
Justin Champagnie F Pittsburgh/USA
Zaccheus Darko-Kelly G-F University of Providence/USA
Malachi Flynn G San Diego State/USA
Freddie Gillespie C Baylor/USA
Ashton Hagans G Kentucky/USA
Rayshaun Hammonds F Georgia/USA
David Johnson G Louisville/USA
Anas Mahmoud C Louisville/Egypt
Isiaha Mike F SMU/Canada
Matt Morgan G Cornell/USA
Ishmail Wainright F Baylor/USA
Yuta Watanabe F George Washington/Japan

Players to Watch: The Raptors might end up with a solid Summer League team, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be a ton of fun. Expect more than the typical level of defense from this team, with No. 4 pick Scottie Barnes leading the way. What role will Barnes have on offense though? He ran point at Florida State but Toronto has Malachi Flynn and David Johnson to run things here so that could limit Toronto’s marquee man from a viewing standpoint.

Utah Jazz

No Official Roster Listed

Players to Watch: Hilariously, one of the least interesting teams at Summer League had to split into two rosters at the Salt Lake SL this week. There’s just not much here. Udoka Azubuike was last year’s first but he’s a giant defensive center. Jared Baylor was the only pick this year, but he’s not medically cleared. His Baylor teammate MaCio Teague surprised this week, so maybe he or Trent Forrest will be of interest.

Washington Wizards

Player Position Team Prior to NBA
Marques Bolden C Duke/USA
Aubrey Dawkins G/F UCF/USA
Jaime Echenique C Wichita State/Colombia
Melvin Frazier G Tulane/USA
Jordan Goodwin G Saint Louis/USA
Dewan Hernandez F/C Miami (FL)/USA
Austin Hollins G/F Minnesota/USA
Caleb Homesley G/F Liberty/USA
Jay Huff F/C Virginia/USA
Mason Jones G Arkansas/USA
Corey Kispert F Gonzaga/USA
Issuf Sanon G Ukraine
Isaiah Todd F G League Ignite/USA
Kyree Walker F Chameleon BX/USA
Cassius Winston G Michigan St./USA
Justin Wright-Foreman G Hofstra/USA
Joe Young G Oregon/USA

Players to Watch: Do you love awesome four-year college guys who starred in the NCAA but might not have much of an NBA future? Well, you have come to the right place! Cassius Winston and Corey Kispert should stand out against this level of competition, but we need to see it at the next level. Isaiah Todd is an intriguing young big man from the G League Ignite team. — Brandon Anderson

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