The Raptors 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 5th.
Players expected to compete: Troy Caupain, Alfonzo McKinnie, Goodluck Okonoboh, Will Sheehey, Justin Edwards, Cole Huff, Tidjan Keita, Jordan Loyd, Kennedy Meeks, Malcolm Miller, Jakob Poeltl, Jalen Reynolds, Pascal Siakam, Matt Thomas, Fred VanVleet, and Paul Watson.
Toronto first-rounder OG Anunoby will not participate in Vegas, and that could be a setback for Anunoby’s hope to make an impact this year. The former Indiana Hoosier is coming off an ACL tear, and he is an extremely raw prospect.
Raptors 905 forward Will Sheehey averaged 10.3 points per game for the G-League champions. UNC Tar Heel and NCAA Champion Kennedy Meeks will play for Toronto this summer. Meeks averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as the starting power forward for the defending champions.
Jakob Poeltl received little playing time as a rookie last year, but that can all change with a good showing this summer. UDFA’s Matt Thomas, Jalen Reynolds, Justin Edwards, and Troy Caupain are interesting names to keep an eye on. Goodluck Okonoboh was selected in the second round of the 2016 G-League Draft, and the former UNLV Rebel big man has good potential and size.
If Fred VanVleet can step up his game this summer, he will be in line for an increased role next year. High flyer Alfonzo McKinnie played well with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League last year and he will be a fun player to watch.
Player to Watch: Pascal Siakam
Siakam could be in line for big role on the Raptors, an he could help his case with a big summer. The athletic forward was surprise rookie to start the season, put ended the year with Raptors 905 in the G-League.
Siakam is just a incredibly fun player to watch, and if you see the Raptors playing on T.V. you should definitely tune in.