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

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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

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Boston vs Atlanta4:00 p.m.NBA TV
Toronto vs New York4:30 p.m.ESPN2
Portland vs Charlotte6:00 p.m.NBA TV
Houston vs Cleveland6:30 p.m.ESPN2
Washington vs Indiana8:00 p.m.NBA TV
Oklahoma City vs Detroit8:30 p.m.ESPN2
Denver vs Miami10:00 p.m.NBA TV
LA Lakers vs Phoenix10:30 p.m.ESPN2

Monday, August 9

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
New Orleans vs Chicago3:00 p.m.ESPN2
Dallas vs Philadelphia4:00 p.m.NBA TV
Brooklyn vs Memphis5:00 p.m.ESPN2
Charlotte vs Sacramento6:00 p.m.NBA TV
San Antonio vs Minnesota7:00 p.m.ESPNU
Orlando vs Golden State8:00 p.m.NBA TV
LA Clippers vs Milwaukee9:00 p.m.ESPNU
Phoenix vs Utah10:00 p.m.NBA TV

Tuesday, August 10

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Atlanta vs Indiana6:00 p.m.NBA TV
Boston vs Denver7:00 p.m.ESPNU
Chicago vs San Antonio8:00 p.m.NBA TV
Detroit vs Houston9:00 p.m.ESPN
Sacramento vs Washington10:00 p.m.NBA TV
LA Clippers vs Portland11:00 p.m.ESPNU

Wednesday, August 11

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Milwaukee vs Brooklyn4:00 p.m.ESPN2
Miami vs Memphis5:00 p.m.NBA TV
Cleveland vs Orlando6:00 p.m.ESPN2
Oklahoma City vs New Orleans7:00 p.m.NBA TV
Toronto vs Golden State8:00 p.m.ESPN2
Utah vs Dallas9:00 p.m.NBA TV
New York vs LA Lakers10:00 p.m.ESPN2

Thursday, August 12

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
San Antonio vs Charlotte3:00 p.m.ESPNU
Chicago vs Minnesota4:00 p.m.NBA TV
Washington vs Brooklyn5:00 p.m.ESPNU
Indiana vs Portland6:00 p.m.NBA TV
Orlando vs Boston7:00 p.m.ESPN2
Houston vs Toronto8:00 p.m.NBA TV
Philadelphia vs Atlanta9:00 p.m.ESPN2
Phoenix vs Denver10:00 p.m.NBA TV

Friday, August 13

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Minnesota vs Milwaukee4:00 p.m.NBA TV
Miami vs Utah5:00 p.m.ESPNU
New Orleans vs Cleveland6:00 p.m.NBA TV
Golden State vs Oklahoma City7:00 p.m.ESPN2
New York vs Detroit8:00 p.m.NBA TV
Memphis vs Sacramento9:00 p.m.ESPNU
LA Lakers vs LA Clippers10:00 p.m.NBA TV

Saturday, August 14

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Denver vs Dallas3:00 p.m.NBA TV
Atlanta vs Miami4:00 p.m.ESPN2
Philadelphia vs Boston5:00 p.m.NBA TV
Indiana vs Oklahoma City6:00 p.m.ESPN2
Charlotte vs Toronto7:00 p.m.NBA TV
Cleveland vs New York8:00 p.m.ESPN2
Portland vs Phoenix9:00 p.m.NBA TV
Detroit vs LA Lakers10:00 p.m.ESPN2

Sunday, August 15

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Dallas vs Sacramento3:00 p.m.ESPN2
Milwaukee vs Washington4:00 p.m.NBA TV
Utah vs LA Clippers5:00 p.m.ESPN2
Brooklyn vs San Antonio6:00 p.m.NBA TV
Minnesota vs Philadelphia7:00 p.m.ESPN2
Orlando vs Houston8:00 p.m.NBA TV
Golden State vs New Orleans9:00 p.m.ESPN2
Memphis vs Chicago10:00 p.m.NBA TV

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Summer League Rosters


Brandon Anderson's Watchability Ratings

★★★★★ —  DEN | DET | HOU | NYK | ORL
★★★★ — BKN | CHA | GSW | MEM | OKC | PHI
★★★ — ATL | BOS | CLE | LAC | NOP | POR
★★ — CHI | IND | SAC | SAS | TOR | WAS
★ — DAL | LAL | MIA | MIL | MIN | PHX | UTA

Atlanta Hawks

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Tofas (Turkey)FIllinois State/USA
Jordan BellFOregon/USA
Nahziah CarterGWashington/USA
Sharife CooperGAuburn/USA
Javin DeLaurierFDuke/USA
Juwan DurhamFNotre Dame/USA
Max HeideggerGUC Santa Barbara/USA
Justin JaworskiGLafayette/USA
Jalen JohnsonFDuke/USA
Jeremiah MartinGMemphis/USA
Skylar MaysGLSU/USA
Eric MorelandFOregon State/USA
Admiral SchofieldFTennessee/England
Ibi WatsonGDayton/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 

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Zach AugusteCNotre Dame/USA
Juhann BegarinGParis Basket/Guadeloupe
Carsen EdwardsGPurdue/USA
Sam HauserFVirginia/USA
Aric HolmanCMississippi State/USA
Romeo LangfordGIndiana/USA
Dedric LawsonFKansas/USA
KJ LawsonGTulane/USA
Yam MadarGHapoel Tel Aviv/Israel
Aaron NesmithFVanderbilt/USA
Payton PritchardGOregon/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Jordan BowdenGTennessee/USA
David DukeGProvidence/USA
Kessler EdwardsFPepperdine/USA
Kaiser GatesFXavier/USA
RaiQuan GrayFFlorida State/USA
Alize JohnsonFMissouri State/USA
Brandon KnightGKentucky/USA
Reggie PerryFMississippi State/USA
Brandon RachalGTulsa/USA
Day'Ron SharpeCNorth Carolina/USA
Chris SilvaFSouth Carolina/Gabon
Cam ThomasGLouisiana State/USA
Quinndary WeatherspoonGMississippi State/USA
Marcus ZegarowskiGCreighton/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
LiAngelo BallGVytautas Prienu (Lithuania)/USA
Joel BerryGBesiktas (Turkey)/USA
James BouknightGConnecticut/USA
Vernon CareyF/CDuke/USA
DJ CartonGMarquette/USA
Kai JonesF/CTexas/Bahamas
Arnoldas KulbokaFRetabet Bilbao Basket/Lithuania
Scottie LewisGFlorida/USA
Denzel MahoneyG/FCreighton/USA
Cam McGriffFOklahoma State/USA
Nick RichardsCKentucky/Jamaica
Grant RillerGCharleston/USA
Xavier SneedFKansas State/USA
Kenny WilliamsGNorth 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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Ryan DalySGSt. Joseph’s/USA
Jaylen AdamsGSt. Bonaventure/USA
Devon DotsonGKansas/USA
Ayo DosunmuGIllinois/USA
Jerome RobinsonGBoston College/USA
Omari SpellmanC/FVillanova/USA
Ethan ThompsonGOregon State/USA
Tyler BeyFColorado/USA
Marko SimonovicCKK Mega Basket/Montenegro
Sterling ManleyF/CNorth Carolina/USA
Troy Baxter Jr.FMorgan State/USA
Patrick WilliamsFFlorida State/USA
Simi ShittuFVanderbilt/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
James Banks IIICGeorgia Tech / USA
Trevon BluiettGXavier / USA
Jaylen HandsGUCLA / USA
Sehmus HazerGBesiktas Sompo Japan / Turkey
Mfiondu KabengeleF/CFlorida State / USA
Evan MobleyF/CUSC / USA
Isaac OkoroGAuburn / USA
Matt RyanFChattanooga / USA
Tre ScottFCincinnati / USA
Lamar StevensFPenn State / USA
Brodric ThomasGTruman State / USA
Chandler VaudrinFWinthrop / 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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
LJ FigueroaGOregon/USA
Robert FranksFWashington State/USA
Josh GreenG/FArizona/Australia
Nate HintonGHouston/USA
Feron HuntFSMU/USA
Carlik JonesGLouisville/USA
Eugene OmoruyiFOregon/Canada
EJ OnuF/CShawnee State/USA
Tariq OwensFTexas Tech/USA
Devonte PattersonFPrairie View A&M/USA
Devontae ShulerGMississippi/USA
Tyrell TerryGStanford/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Caleb AgadaG/FHapoel Beer Sheva/Canada
Giorgi BezhanishviliFIllinois/Georgia
Chudier BileFGeorgetown/USA
Tarik BlackFKansas/USA
Bol BolCOregon/Sudan
Jason BurnellFJacksonville State/USA
Deonte BurtonFIowa State/USA
Zylan CheathamFArizona State/USA
Semaj ChristonGXavier/USA
Eugene GermanGNorthern Illinois/USA
Markus HowardGMarquette/USA
Bones HylandGVCU/USA
Matur MakerFZlatorog/Australia
Steffon MitchellFBoston College/USA
Zeke NnajiFArizona/USA
Arnas VelickaGBasket 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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Saddiq BeyFVillanova/USA
Tyler CookFIowa/USA
Cade CunninghamG/FOklahoma State/USA
Sekou DoumbouyaFGuinea
Blake FrancisGRichmond/USA
Luka GarzaCIowa/USA
Killian HayesGFrance
Grant JerrettF/CArizona/USA
Saben LeeGVanderbilt/USA
Spencer LittlesonGToledo/USA
Isaiah LiversFMichigan/USA
John Petty Jr.G/FAlabama/USA
Jamorko PickettFGeorgetown/USA
Deividas SirvydisGLithuania
Chris SmithFUCLA/USA
Isaiah StewartF/CWashington/USA
Anthony TarkeFCoppin 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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Derrick Alston Jr.FBoise State/USA
Kyle GuyGVirginia/USA
Justinian JessupGBoise State/ USA
Jonathan KumingaFG League Ignite/Republic of Congo
Selom MawugbeCAzusa Pacific/USA
Jaquori McLaughlinGUC Santa Barbara/USA
Moses MoodyGArkansas/USA
Travis MunningsFLouisiana-Monroe/Bahamas
Cameron OliverFNevada/USA
Eli PembertonGHofstra/USA
Colbey RossGPepperdine/USA
Jordan SchakelGSan Diego State/USA
Kendall SmithGOklahoma State/USA
Ryan TaylorGNorthwestern/USA
Kahlil WhitneyFKentucky/USA
Tim WilliamsFNew 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

PLAYERPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Jalen GreenGNBA G League Ignite/USA
KJ MartinFIMG Academy (FL)/USA
Armoni BrooksGHouston/USA
Josh ChristopherGArizona State/USA
Usman GarubaFReal Madrid/Spain
Khyri ThomasGCreighton/USA
Alperen SengunF-CBesiktas/USA
Anthony LambFVermont/USA
Trey PhillsGYale/USA
Jalen TateGArkansas/USA
Marcus FosterGCreighton/USA
Matthew HurtFDuke/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Goga BitadzeCRepublic of Georgia
Bennie BoatwrightFUSC
Jordan BoneGTennessee
Amida BrimahCConnecticut/Ghana
Oshae BrissettFSyracuse/Canada
Chris DuarteGOregon/Dominican Republic
Terry HendersonGNorth Carolina State
B.J. JohnsonFLaSalle
Devin RobinsonFFlorida
Cassius StanleyGDuke
Keifer SykesGGreen Bay
Terry TaylorGAustin Peay
Tyrone WallaceGCalifornia
Duane Washington, Jr.GOhio 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

PLAYERPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Jay ScrubbGJohn A. Logan/USA
Amir CoffeyG-FMinnesota/USA
Daniel OturuCMinnesota/USA
Brandon Boston Jr.GKentucky/USA
Kerwin Roach IIGTexas/USA
Jason PrestonGOhio/USA
Jordan FordGSt. Marys/USA
Isaiah HicksFNorth Carolina/USA
Lydell ElmoreFHigh Point/USA
Kaleb WessonFOhio State/USA
Keon JohnsonGTennessee/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Joel AyayiGGonzaga / France
Chaundee Brown Jr.GMichigan / USA
Devontae CacokF/CUNCW / USA
Yoeli ChildsFBYU / USA
Jordan FloydGKing / USA
Romaro GillCSeton Hall / Jamaica
Alan GriffinFSyracuse / USA
Vic LawFNorthwestern / USA
Mac McClungGTexas Tech / USA
Trevelin QueenGNew Mexico State / USA
Austin ReavesGOklahoma / USA
Justin RobinsonGVirginia Tech / USA
Zavier SimpsonGMichigan / 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

PLAYERPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Romeo WeemsFDePaul/USA
Anthony Cowan Jr.GMaryland/USA
Xavier Tillman Sr.F-CMichigan State/USA
Yves PonsG-FTennessee/USA
Ahmad CaverGOld Dominion/USA
Ziaire WilliamsG-FStanford/USA
Shaq BuchananGMurray State/USA
Olivier SarrCKentucky/USA
Keaton WallaceGTexas-San Antonio/USA
Desmond BaneG-FTCU/USA
Santi AldamaFLoyola College, MD/USA
Sam MerrillGUtah State/USA
Sean McDermottG-FButler/USA
Darnell CowartFMurray State/USA
Killian TillieF-CGonzaga/USA
John KoncharG-FFort 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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Tyson CarterGMississippi State/USA
Marcus GarrettGKansas/USA
DeJon JarreauGHouston/USA
A.J. LawsonGSouth Carolina/Canada
R.J. NembhardGTexas Christian/USA
KZ OkpalaFStanford/USA
Micah PotterF/CWisconsin/USA
Javonte SmartGLouisiana State/USA
Dru SmithGMissouri/USA
Justin SmithFArkansas/USA
D.J. Stewart, Jr.G/FMississippi State/USA
Max StrusG/FDePaul/USA
Gabe VincentGUC Santa Barbara/USA
Ӧmer YurtsevenCGeorgetown/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Brian Bowen IIFLa Lumiere H.S./USA
Jared BrownridgeGSanta Clara/USA
Jeremiah (JJ) CulverGWayland Baptist/USA
Marcus DerricksonFGeorgetown/USA
John EgbunuCFlorida/USA
Nathan KnightFWilliam & Mary/USA
Matt LewisGJames Madison/USA
Karim ManéGVanier College/Canada
Jaden McDanielsFWashington/USA
Isaiah MillerGUNC Greensboro/USA
Malcolm MillerFHoly Cross/USA
Jaylen NowellGWashington/USA
London PerrantesGVirginia/USA
Cullen RussoFFresno State/USA
Kenny WootenFOregon/USA
McKinley Wright IVGColorado/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Jose AlvaradoGGeorgia Tech/USA
David DiLeoFCentral Michigan/USA
Malcolm HillGIllinois/USA
Daulton HommesFPoint Loma Nazarene/USA
Herbert JonesFAlabama/USA
Kira Lewis Jr.GAlabama/USA
Didi LouzadaGSydney Kings (Australia)/Brazil
Naji MarshallFXavier (OH)/USA
Anžejs PasečņiksCLatvia
Moses WrightCGeorgia 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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Trey DavisGMassachusetts/USA
Quentin GrimesGHouston/USA
Tyler HallGMontana State/USA
Rokas JokubaitisGŽalgiris Kaunas/Lithuania
Miles McBrideGWest Virginia/USA
Justin PattonCCreighton/USA
Immanuel QuickleyGKentucky/USA
Quinton RoseG/FTemple/USA
Wayne SeldenGKansas/USA
Aamir SimmsFClemson/USA
Jericho SimsFTexas/USA
Obi ToppinFDayton/US
Reid TravisFKentucky/USA
Luca VildozaGSaski Baskonia/Argentina
M.J. WalkerGFlorida 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

PLAYERPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Josh GiddeyGAdelaide/Australia
Jaylen HoardFWake Forest/USA
Theo MaledonGAsvel/France
Oscar da SilvaFStanford/USA
Jalen LecqueGBrewster Academy/USA
Josh HallFMoravian Prep (NC)/USA
Aaron WigginsGMaryland/USA
Tre MannGFlorida/USA
Rob EdwardsGArizona State/USA
Emmitt WilliamsFLSU/USA
Ryan WoolridgeGGonzaga/USA
Charlie Brown Jr.GSt. Joseph's (PA)/USA
Jeremiah Robinson-EarlFVillanova/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Cole AnthonyGNorth Carolina/USA
Ignas BrazdeikisFMichigan/Canada
Barry Brown Jr.GKansas State/USA
Jeff DowtinGRhode Island/USA
Tahj EaddyGUSC/USA
Hassani GravettGSouth Carolina/USA
Jaire GrayerGTCU/USA
R.J. HamptonGNew Zealand Breakers/USA
D.J. HoggFTexas A&M/USA
Justin JacksonFMaryland/USA
Shakur JuistonFOregon/USA
Yante MatenFGeorgia/USA
Tahjere McCallGTennessee State/USA
Asbjorn MidtgaardCGrand Canyon/Denmark
Jalen SuggsGGonzaga/USA
Amar SyllaFFilou Oostende (Belgium)/Senegal
Jon TeskeCMichigan/USA
Jeremiah TilmonCMissouri/USA
Janis TimmaFLatvia
Franz WagnerFMichigan/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Mitch BallockGCreighton/USA
Charles BasseyCWestern Kentucky/Nigeria
Aaron HenryFMichigan State/USA
Isaiah JoeGArkansas/USA
Braxton KeyGVirginia/USA
Charles MatthewsGMichigan/USA
Frank Mason IIIGKansas/USA
Tyrese MaxeyGKentucky/USA
Daishen NixGG League Ignite/USA
Lamar PetersGMississippi State/USA
Filip PetruševFGonzaga/Serbia
Paul ReedFDePaul/USA
Jaden SpringerGTennessee/USA
Rayjon TuckerGLittle 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

PLAYERPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Ty-Shon AlexanderGCreighton/USA
Jaleen SmithGNew Hampshire/USA
Jalen SmithFMaryland/USA
Trey KellGSan Diego State/USA
Jon Axel GudmundssonGDavidson/USA
Kyle AlexanderC-FTennessee/USA
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr.CBaylor/USA
Justin SimonFSt. Johns/USA
Michael Frazier IIGFlorida/USA
Nate MasonGMinnesota/USA
Alpha DialloFProvidence/USA
Vitto BrownFWisconsin/USA
Zachary HankinsCXavier/USA
Tyrique JonesF-CXavier/USA
Emmanuel NzekwesiFOral 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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Michael BeasleyFKansas State/USA
Antonio BlakeneyGLSU/USA
Greg Brown IIIFTexas/USA
Jordon CrawfordGBowling Green/USA
Milton DoyleGLoyola (IL)/USA
CJ EllebyGWashington State/USA
Kenneth FariedF/CMorehead State/USA
George KingFColorado/USA
Nassir LittleFNorth Carolina/USA
Erik McCreeFLouisiana Tech/USA
Emmanuel MudiayGGuangzhou (China)/USA
Kobi SimmonsGArizona/USA
Mark VitalFBaylor/USA
Trendon WatfordFLSU/USA
Kaleb WessonCOhio 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

PLAYERPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Jahmi'us RamseyGTexas Tech/USA
Robert Woodard IIFMississippi State/USA
Davion MitchellGBaylor/USA
Ade MurkeyGIowa Wolves
Louis KingFOregon/USA
Chimezie MetuFSouthern California/USA
Emanuel TerryFAgua Caliente
Marcus GravesGSalt Lake City Stars
DJ StewardGDuke/USA
Damien JeffersonFCreighton/USA
Matt ColemanGTexas/USA
Johnathan WilliamsFNiners Chemnitz/Germany
Alex AntetokounmpoFUCAM Murcia/Spain
Princepal SinghFNBA G League Ignite
Neemias QuetaCUtah 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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Eric DemersGGordon/USA
Stephen DomingoGCalifornia/USA
Biram FayeCCB Girona/Senegal
DaQuan JeffriesG/FTulsa/USA
Kaleb JohnsonGGeorgetown/USA
Tre JonesGDuke/USA
Skal LabissiereFKentucky/Haiti
Anthony MathisGOregon/USA
Matt MitchellFSan Diego State/USA
Jaylen MorrisGMolloy/USA
Zach NorvellGGonzaga/USA
Josh PrimoGAlabama/Canada
Nate RenfroFSan Francisco/USA
Justin RobinsonFDuke/USA
Justin TurnerGBowling Green/USA
Devin VassellG/FFlorida State/USA
Joe WieskampG/FIowa/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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Jalen AdamsGConnecticut/USA
Dalano BantonGNebraska/Canada
Scottie BarnesG-FFlorida State/USA
Justin ChampagnieFPittsburgh/USA
Zaccheus Darko-KellyG-FUniversity of Providence/USA
Malachi FlynnGSan Diego State/USA
Freddie GillespieCBaylor/USA
Ashton HagansGKentucky/USA
Rayshaun HammondsFGeorgia/USA
David JohnsonGLouisville/USA
Anas MahmoudCLouisville/Egypt
Isiaha MikeFSMU/Canada
Matt MorganGCornell/USA
Ishmail WainrightFBaylor/USA
Yuta WatanabeFGeorge 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

PlayerPositionTeam Prior to NBA
Marques BoldenCDuke/USA
Aubrey DawkinsG/FUCF/USA
Jaime EcheniqueCWichita State/Colombia
Melvin FrazierGTulane/USA
Jordan GoodwinGSaint Louis/USA
Dewan HernandezF/CMiami (FL)/USA
Austin HollinsG/FMinnesota/USA
Caleb HomesleyG/FLiberty/USA
Jay HuffF/CVirginia/USA
Mason JonesGArkansas/USA
Corey KispertFGonzaga/USA
Issuf SanonGUkraine
Isaiah ToddFG League Ignite/USA
Kyree WalkerFChameleon BX/USA
Cassius WinstonGMichigan St./USA
Justin Wright-ForemanGHofstra/USA
Joe YoungGOregon/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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