The Bucks 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 June 30th
The Bucks will compete in the Las Vegas Summer League
Players expected to compete: D.J. Wilson, Sterling Brown, Bronson Koenig, Jalen Moore, Tim Kempton, JeQuan Lewis, Reggie Upshaw, Achille Polonara, Tyler Roberson, Thon Maker, Gary Payton II, and Travis Trice.
Milwaukee’s goal for this year’s summer league is likely to be looking for G-League guys. Besides that, the Bucks will get to see D.J. Wilson for the first time. Gary Payton II might also be in the spotlight, as it is unclear if he will get a guaranteed contract on the Bucks next year.
Italian forward Achille Polonara will play for Milwaukee this summer. The 25 year-old combo forward has been playing in Italy’s top division since 2011. Polonara’s all-around game will make him an intriguing player to watch.
Former Middle Tennessee State star Reggie Upshaw was the catalyst behind two huge NCAA Tournament upsets in 2016 and 2017. In the 2016 tournament, the Blue Raiders upset two seed Michigan State, a title favorite for many. MTSU then pulled a popular 12-5 upset against Minnesota.
Upshaw averaged 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a senior in 2016-17.
Former Michigan State guard Travis Trice was recently announced to be playing on the roster. Trice shot 51.6 percent from three in the G-League last year while averaging 21.1 points per game.
Payton, Thon Maker, and Trice could make the Bucks summer league favorites. The talent of Wilson, Sterling Brown and other UDFA’s like Jalen Moore and Bronson Koenig all the more solidifies the team’s skill.
Player to Watch: Bronson Koenig
After sending out a letter to the NBA GM’s via the Player’s Tribune in which he proclaimed himself as the 2017 draft class’s best pure shooter, Koenig will get the chance to prove his claims. While Koenig has already reportedly signed a two-way contract with the Bucks, his performance in the summer league could determine how many NBA minutes he plays this year.