Las Vegas Summer League Roster & Schedule
With the Utah Jazz Summer League in Salt Lake City in the books, the Sixers move on to Las Vegas, where they'll compete in the Samsung Summer League along with 23 other teams. Here's what you need to know:
The Sixers will play a minimum of five games in Las Vegas, beginning with three scheduled contests before single-elimination play begins on Wednesday, July 15. Philadelphia could appear in as many as eight games if it advances to the Summer League Championship on Monday, July 20, but here are the games that are set in stone:
Saturday, July 11, 8:30pm (EST) – vs. Lakers – 68-60 Loss Sunday, July 12, 10:30pm (EST) – vs. Celtics – 85-76 Loss
Tuesday, July 14, 5:30pm (EST) – vs. Knicks – NBA TV, NBA.com
The Sixers’ Summer League squad in Las Vegas will feature a handful of players who played with the team in Utah last week, including rookie big man Jahlil Okafor, point guard T.J. McConnell, and swingmen J.P. Tokoto and Jordan McRae.
Joining the team will be eight new faces, including Vegas native and fan favorite Pierre Jackson (who will start Game One at the point guard position), rising sophomore JaKarr Sampson, Delaware 87ers alum Jamal Jones, and Iranian forward Arsalan Kazemi, who will appear in his third Summer League with the Sixers since being drafted by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2013 Draft.
Also attending are Iona big man David Laury, Colorado guard Askia Booker, Auburn guard K.T. Harrell, UTEP forward Vince Hunter, Tennesse Tech center Charles Jackson, and La Salle center Steve Zack.
In Game 1 against the Lakers, the Sixers will start Pierre Jackson, JaKarr Sampson, J.P. Tokoto, Arsalan Kazemi, and Jahlil Okafor.
The Things To Keep An Eye On
Summer League offers teams a platform for schematic experimentation. But it also gives the NBA an opportunity to test the viability of changes to the way the game is officiated and presented to fans. This year, the league will officially track five new statistics that they are calling “hustle stats.”
These new metrics include two-point field goals contested (C2FGA), three-point field goals contested (C3FGA), deflections (DEFL), loose balls recovered (LBR), and charges drawn (CHRG DR). Additionally, the league will also compute a composite measure using the weighted sum of all five numbers in order to rank players by the impact of their effort level on the court.
Top Picks Set To Take Stage
Although 2015 third-overall pick Jahlil Okafor has already appeared in three NBA games by virtue of his participation in the Utah Jazz Summer League, this week will mark the debut of a handful of other top rookies.
Top selection Karl Towns and second-overall pick D’Angelo Russell squared off Friday night, and Russell and Okafor met on Saturday when the Sixers and Lakers face one another. Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis (selected fourth-overall) was a question mark heading into Summer League because of a lingering hip issue, but he suited up when the Knicks took on the Spurs Saturday and the Lakers Monday and is expected to play Tuesday against the Sixers.