July 1, 2016
BATON ROUGE – It may seem like the preliminaries before the 67-game schedule of the Las Vegas summer league begins, but important action for potential NBA players of the future will begin Saturday first in Orlando and later in the holiday weekend in Salt Lake City.
The Orlando and Utah Summer Leagues have become quite popular in their own right. Orlando’s is held in its small practice facility that doesn’t allow the public in, only media and league/team personnel. That league runs Saturday through July 8.
On the other hand, the Utah Summer League plays July 4-5 and July 7 and last year averaged 10,500-plus for the three-days of play.
The Charlotte Hornets will have the second game of the first day (10 a.m. CT) versus one of the two teams fielded by the Orlando Magic and the Hornets will have on their roster rookie free agent Tim Quarterman, who left LSU following his junior season.
Quarterman averaged 11.2 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He made 48 three-pointers and had a 120-53 assists to turnover ratio (2.26, 8th in the Southeastern Conference). He played in 99 games over his career and averaged 11-plus points in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
Both Philadelphia and Boston will play in the Utah league before heading to the big event in Las Vegas. The Celtics Friday announced that Jordan Mickey would be on the Celtics roster for the two summer events. Mickey, drafted in the second round in 2015 after his sophomore season at LSU, spent much of his rookie season with the Maine team in the NBA D-League, playing in two games for the Celtics. He averaged 17.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in 23 games for the Red Claws.
In regard to No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons, the 76ers have not yet released their summer rosters for either the Utah or Las Vegas events. The NBA has ironically scheduled what they hope is a dream matchup that they are billing as a potential first matchup of the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the draft on July 8 in Vegas.
Complete rosters for the 24-team Vegas event have not been released by all the teams.
The games in Orlando and Utah will be available on NBA-TV while ESPN will present all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and WatchESPN.