The Suns 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: Darion Atkins, Mike James, Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Derrick Jones Jr, Davon Reed, Josh Jackson, Christian Wood, David Stockton, Ike Iroegbu, Shaquille Harrison, Tre’ McLean, Chris Obekpa
Last year’s summer league standout Tyler Ulis and second rounder Alec Peters will not compete due to injuries. Second round pick Davon Reed will be looking to earn minutes on the young Suns squad.
2015 Suns summer league standout Mike James will return to the squad this year after spending several years overseas.
David Stockton, former Kings guard and son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, will play with the Suns. Stockton played three games with the Kings in 2014, and he has averaged 18.2 points and 5.3 assists per game over three years with the Reno Bighorns.
Slashing Northern Arizona Suns guard Shaquille Harrison is a pest on defense and he could be in contention for a roster spot.
Former St. Johns center Chris Obekpa spent last year terrorizing defenders in the paint with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Young, athletic prospects Marquese Chriss, Derrick Jones Jr, and Josh Jackson will make this team very fun to watch. Expect lots of alley-oops and posters.
Here’s a video of Jones Jr’s crazy dunks:
Player to Watch: Dragan Bender
Last year’s fourth overall pick did not play much last year after coming out of the draft being considered a raw prospect. With a season of NBA action under his belt, Bender could be in line for a breakout year.
If Bender can succeed this summer, it could be a confidence boost for him to take a leap towards maximizing his potential.