The Charlotte Hornets will play in the Orlando Summer League. 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 Leagues are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
Players expected to compete: Treveon Graham, Dwayne Bacon, Johnny O’Bryant, Briante Weber, Przemek Karnowski, Anthony Gill, Tai Webster, Mangok Mathiang, Quinton Stephens, Tyrell Corbin, Kris Joseph, Rasheed Sulaimon, Devin Williams, and Gabe York.
Charlotte’s team took a hit when they found out number 11 overall pick Malik Monk will sit out this summer due to an ankle sprain.
Despite the absence of Monk, the team will feature scoring machine Dwayne Bacon, lights-out shooter Gabe York, physical big man Przemek Karnowski. Defensive stud Briante Weber will be fighting for the backup point guard role behind Kemba Walker. Treveon Graham could earn a guaranteed contract if he performs well.
Rasheed Sulaimon surprised last year in the G-League, and a good performance in Orlando could help him gain the attention of NBA teams.
Forward Kris Joseph, involved in the Nets-Celtics blockbuster deal, will attempt an NBA comeback after being out of the league since 2013.
Other participants include former Nebraska guard Tai Webster and former Virginia forward Anthony Gill. Gill played in Turkey last year, while Webster averaged 17 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4 assists per game in his senior year.
Player to Watch: Johnny O’Bryant
O’Bryant went in the second round to the Bucks in 2014, but was released in 2016 after receiving little playing time.
Johnny spent the year in Prescott Valley with the NAZ Suns, earning a 2017 G-League All-Star selection. He earned call-ups with the Nuggets and the Hornets.
The power forward has potential, and he needs to find an organization that will be patient with him. O’Bryant scored 15 points and recorded 6 rebounds after being inserted to the Charlotte’s rotation on March 4th. If O’Bryant can perform well this summer, he should be a Hornet next year.