The Grizzlies will play in the Las Vegas 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 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 July 6th
The Grizzlies will compete in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Players expected to compete: Wade Baldwin IV, Dillon Brooks, Deyonta Davis, Ivan Rabb, Wayne Selden, Jarell Martin, Kobi Simmons, Wes Washpun, William Howard, Victor Rudd, Rade Zagorac, Ray Cowels, Will Cummings, Vince Hunter, and Jeremy Morgan.
Memphis’s team features many young prospects that are already within the organization. Draft picks Wade Baldwin, Dillon Brooks, Deyonta Davis, Ivan Rabb, Jarell Martin, and Rade Zagorac will all be fighting for roles on the team next season.
Many thought Rabb would be taken in the first round of the 2016 draft, but Rabb surprised many by returning to school. While at the University of California for his sophomore year, Rabb averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Rabb was rewarded by getting taken by the Hornets at pick number 35, then he was traded to the Grizzlies.
Former Grizzlies’ UDFA Vince Hunter will return to the team for the summer. Hunter has played three games with the Thunder in Orlando this year, where he has averaged 16.3 points per game.
G-Leaguers Wayne Selden and Wes Washpun could secure a bigger role in the organization with good summers.
Washpun’s former teammate, Jeremy Morgan, will join Memphis in Vegas. Morgan attended the University of Northern Iowa and grew up near Des Moines where the Grizzlies’ G-League affiliate used to be located. Morgan averaged 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a senior.
Player to Watch: Kobi Simmons
Simmons has reportedly signed a two-way deal with Memphis.
Simmons was a five star recruit coming out of high school, but received little playing time in a stacked Arizona backcourt. Simmons surprisingly declared for the draft, and unsurprisingly didn’t hear his name called.
His size, athleticism, and long-term upside could bring hope to Simmons’ case to make an impact at the NBA level. If he performs well this summer, Simmons could see a good amount of minutes with the Grizzlies.