It’s that time again! Time for NBA Summer League! This is a time for teams to develop existing talent & to scout players from around the world as they try to break into the league. This will be many players’ first experience as professionals, and others will be returning for yet another stint in familiar surroundings.
NBA Summer League is broken up into three events in three locations: Orlando, Florida; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Las Vegas, Nevada. In this article, I’ll be talking just about Orlando. All NBA teams are represented in at least one location; some travel to multiple events. Those teams sometimes will have different rosters at each event. These teams are made up of recent draftees, NBA G-League team members, international players, & others who have earned a tryout. There is no guarantee that you will see any certain player during every game, or any game. This is for getting a good look at the skill level & the professionalism of each young man. It’s fast-paced & very competitive because many of these players are fighting for a career. There are also championships to wrap up play in Orlando & Las Vegas.
The schedules for the entirety of NBA Summer League have been released & can be found at the NBA Summer League website (click here). This year, multiple networks will broadcast games, including NBA-TV & the ESPN family of networks. Orlando Summer League will be live broadcast only on NBA-TV. In the past, games have also been available for streaming via the NBA app, the ESPN app & on the NBA website, but I have never tried watching via those methods. Games have been rerun on NBA-TV in the evening & overnight hours as well, regardless of original broadcast host.
The rosters & schedule for Orlando Summer League have been released, so let’s see what former University of Kentucky Wildcats we could see on the floor.
ORLANDO SUMMER LEAGUE (July 1-6)
Charlotte Hornets: Malik Monk. Note: Monk sustained a sprained left ankle during the draft workout process & is likely to sit out from the entirety of NBA Summer League play, but he may be present on the bench, so I’m including him in the list.
Detroit Pistons: Derek Willis.
Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Dakari Johnson (from the G-League’s Oklahoma City Blue).
Other teams who will not feature former Kentucky players: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic
ORLANDO SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
All Times Eastern
Saturday, July 1
Charlotte Hornets vs Miami Heat, 11:00am on NBA-TV
Orlando Magic vs Indiana Pacers, 1:00pm on NBA-TV
New York Knicks vs Dallas Mavericks, 3:00pm on NBA-TV
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons, 5:00pm on NBA-TV
Sunday, July 2
New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons, 1:00pm on NBA-TV
Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat, 3:00pm on NBA-TV
Indiana Pacers vs Charlotte Hornets, 5:00pm on NBA-TV
Monday, July 3
New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder, 1:00pm on NBA-TV
Orlando Magic vs Dallas Mavericks, 3:00pm on NBA-TV
Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat, 5:00pm on NBA-TV
Tuesday, July 4
Charlotte Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder, 1:00pm on NBA-TV
Indiana Pacers vs Dallas Mavericks, 3:00pm on NBA-TV
Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons, 5:00pm on NBA-TV
Wednesday, July 5
Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder, 1:00pm on NBA-TV
Charlotte Hornets vs Detroit Pistons, 3:00pm on NBA-TV
Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks, 5:00pm on NBA-TV
Thursday, July 6: Championship Day!
New York Knicks vs Miami Heat, 8:00am on NBA-TV
Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic, 10:00am on NBA-TV
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Indiana Pacers, 12:00pm on NBA-TV
Detroit Pistons vs Dallas Mavericks, 2:00pm on NBA-TV
That’s it for now! Make sure to check out my other NBA Summer League articles about the Salt Lake City & Las Vegas events. Enjoy!