Houston Rockets Summer League Preview

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The Houston Rockets will play in the Las Vegas Summer League. The summer league will start on July 7th and end on July 11th with playoffs beginning on July 12th and the championship will be on July 17th. The summer league will take place at Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

Player expected to compete: Shawn Dawson, L.J. Peak, Isaiah Hartenstein, Cameron Oliver, George de Paula, Troy Williams, Isaiah Taylor, Chinanu Onuaku, Chris Johnson, Ray McCallum, Erik McCree, Zhou Qi, Michael Bryson, Adam Drexler, Isaiah Johnson, Shawn Long, Tim Quarterman, Jarrod Uthoff

This summer league will be crucial for Rio Grande Valley Vipers players Isaiah Taylor, Chinanu Onuaku, and Troy Williams. The threesome, along with recently traded Kyle Wiltjer, led the Vipers to the G-League finals and are all trying to get a roster spot.

German second-rounder Isaiah Hartenstein will play his first ever basketball in the U.S. Hartenstein stands at 7 feet tall with a solid 225-pound frame. His finishing around the rim may be his biggest strength, while he is also mobile on the floor for his size.

Draft-and-stash Zhou Qi will play this year, and it is unclear if he will try to play in the NBA. Cameron Oliver is a stretch four who can rebound and shoot from the outside, and he could be a candidate for a two-way contract. Number three ranked G-League prospect Ray McCallum is an electric scorer who could be vying for a two-way.

Top undrafted free agent L.J. Peak has a good chance to land a two-way contract. Peak left Georgetown after his junior year, expecting to be drafted. The combo guard has good size and strength, and if he can consistently hit shots from beyond the arc he could be an effective role player.

Recently released G-League call-ups Shawn Long and Jarrod Uthoff will get second chances in Houston. Surprise 2016 training camp signee Tim Quarterman finds himself with a new organization. If Quarterman disappoints this summer, he could land on waivers.

Player to Watch: George de Paula

The Brazilian point guard was projected to go in the second round by many websites, including DraftExpress. De Paula possesses elite size for a point guard, standing at 6’6″ with a crazy 7′ wingspan and he has impressed scouts with his IQ and passing skills. De Paula should be a candidate to land on an NBA squad with a good summer, at the very least a G-League role.

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