The New Orleans Pelicans 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 broadcast 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 5th
Players expected to compete: Quinn Cook, Cheick Diallo, Frank Jackson, Axel Toupane, Peter Jok, Jordan Mathews, Royce O’Neal, Mashawn Chamberlain, Isaiah Cousins, Jaleel Cousins, Jordan Crawford, Jalen Jones, Sanjay Lumpkin, Jordan Mathews, Kaleb Tarczewski, James Young
New Orleans will send some intriguing young talents to Vegas.
After the Tim Frazier trade, the backup point guard role is open for Quinn Cook. The former G-League Rookie of the Year and 2017 G-League First Team member is finally ready to move on from the minor league and make an impact at the NBA level.
2016 G-League Most Improved Player and 2017 All G-League Third Team member Axel Toupane, will join the Pelicans after earning a call-up with the team last year. Toupane, who also earned a call-up with the Bucks, averaged 16.1 points per game last year for the G-League Champions Raptors 905.
After playing in the NBA for the first time since 2014 last year with the Pelicans, Jordan Crawford will play in his third summer league of his career. In 19 games with New Orleans last year, Crawford averaged 14.1 points per game and shot 38.9 percent from three.
Former Celtics first rounder James Young was unable to fulfill his potential in Beantown, and a change of scenery could help Young to breakout.
G-League stud Jalen Jones will play with the Pelicans in Vegas after playing in Orlando for the Magic.
Cheick Diallo will be looking to fulfill his potential, and he can take a step closer to that with a good performance in Vegas. Second round pick Frank Jackson is a candidate for the G-League, but he could avoid that with a good showing this summer.
Player to watch: Peter Jok
Jok may be the most dynamic shooter in this year’s draft class, but he went undrafted. The shooting guard averaged 19.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He shot 38 percent from three, and almost 50 percent of his shot attempts came from behind the arc.
With a good summer, Jok will be a lock for a two-way contract.