Indiana Pacers Summer League Preview

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The Pacers will play in the Orlando Summer League, which started yesterday.

When:

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

Where:

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: Rakeem Christmas, Travis Leslie, T.J. Leaf, Jarnell Stokes, Ben Moore, Chris Johnson, Isaac Hamilton, Bubu Palo, Joe Young, Naz Mitrou-Long, Augusto Cesar Lima, Georges Niang, Jordan Loyd, and Trey McKinney-Jones.

Indiana will not send second round picks Edmond Sumner and Ike Anigbogu to Orlando, but there will be plenty of players to watch. G-League players Chris Johnson, Jordan Loyd, Trey McKinney-Jones, Bubu Palo, and Travis Leslie are trying to break into the NBA. Jarnell Stokes has yet to find an NBA home after bouncing around between the Grizzlies, Nuggets, and the G-League.

SMU forward Ben Moore will join Indiana. He averaged 11.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as a senior.

Current Pacers players Rakeem Christmas, Joe Young, and Georges Niang haven’t experienced much success and they may be fighting for a roster spot. UDFA’s Isaac Hamilton and Naz Long were teammates with Anigbogu and Niang respectively in their successful college careers. Brazilian Augusto Cesar Lima will get his first taste of summer league after playing in Europe for the past several years.

Player to Watch: T.J. Leaf

The Pacers are obviously trying to make Leaf comfortable as they have brought in his former teammates at UCLA Ike Anigbobgu and Isaac Hamilton. With Paul George likely to leave either this year or the next, Leaf will be a key component in the rebuilding process.

Current Pacer center Myles Turner and Leaf could form a deadly frontcourt duo with their abilities to shoot the three. Both are very good rebounders, and if Leaf bulks up to add weight to he 6’10” frame, he could be even better.

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