The Heat will play in the Orlando 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 Leagues 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
The Heat will play in the Las Vegas and Orlando Summer Leagues
Players expected to compete: Bam Adebayo, Okaro White, Eric Mika, London Perrantes, Gian Clavell, Zak Irvin, Justin Robinson, Matt Williams, Sebastian Saiz, Zach Auguste, Norvel Pelle, Jake Odum, Lamond Murray Jr., Shavon Shields
We will get to see a lot of the Heat’s squad as they will be playing in both the Orlando and Las Vegas leagues. Miami is in a strange spot, as even though they did not make the playoffs last year, they finished the season on a 30-11 run.
Okaro White is the only player with NBA experience, so it will be interesting to see the many new faces, including 14th overall pick Edrice “Bam” Adebayo. Gian Clavell, Justin Robinson, Eric Mika, and Lamond Murray put up huge numbers in their collegiate careers and could be in contention for a roster spot.
Former Nebraska star Shavon Shields will play his second career summer league. Experienced collegians London Perrantes, Sebastian Saiz, and Zak Irvin could bring NBA-readiness to the team.
Player to Watch: Eric Mika
Mika entered the draft early after just two years at BYU, but did not hear his name called.
The 6’10” power forward put up an amazing stat line his sophomore year, averaging 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game. Mika scored 29 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead BYU to a 79-71 road upset of then-undefeated and number one ranked team, Gonzaga.
Mika played great collegiately, and if he can play good against NBA level talent, MIka could secure himself a roster spot.