The Sixers will play in the Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. Here’s what you need to know:
Orlando Summer League: July 1-5, 6th “Championship Day”
Utah Summer League: July 3, 5-6
Las Vegas Summer League: July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Orlando Summer League: Amway Center practice court
Utah Summer League: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Las Vegas Summer League: Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcasted live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer League’s are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of June 30th
Players expected to compete: Brandon Austin, James Blackmon, Isaiah Briscoe, Jonah Bolden, Larry Drew II, Markelle Fultz, Aaron Harrison, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Alex Poythress, Melo Trimble, and possibly Furkan Korkmaz.
This summer league could be an exciting one for the Sixers, despite neither Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid are competing. Philly fans will get a chance to see Markelle Fultz play for the first time. Many are hoping that Fultz will get the chance to face Lonzo Ball in the league’s playoffs.
The Sixers have many young pieces under contract that they will be trying to sort out.
Furkan Korkmaz might play, and it will be the team’s first chance to see if he is a fit. G-League call-up Alex Poythress will be fighting for playing time and a guaranteed contract. Timothe Luwawu will be playing for a bigger role in Philadelphia’s unstable bench rotation.
Second round pick Jonah Bolden will reportedly be in action, and he’s relatively unknown to many in the U.S.A. Bolden played two years at UCLA, but this past year he dropped out to play overseas in Serbia for FMP Beograd, averaging about 12 points and 7 rebounds per game.
Undrafted free agent James Blackmon will join the team. The former Hoosier is adeadly sharpshooter, shooting a career 41.5 percent from three including over 42 percent the past two years
Former Maryland point guard Melo Trimble disappointed at the NBA Draft Combine, thus leading to him going undrafted. A good summer could lead Trimble to some NBA action.
Player to Watch: Markelle Fultz
All eyes will be on the #1 overall pick. Fultz will hope to remove the questions as to whether he can effectively lead a winning team. Besides that, just sit back and watch Fultz score at will.