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Utah Summer League: Sixers vs. Spurs Preview

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We finally get our first look at Philly's newest draftees, with some notable returners and intriguing new names set to take the floor as well.

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The SummerSixers are scheduled to take to the hardwood for the first time tonight at 7 P.M. EST, taking on the Spurs.

San Antonio's roster is headlined by St. Anthony's wonderboy-turned-preserver of bench heat for the Duncan-Aldridge-West trio of death, Kyle Anderson, as well as former Mizzou darling Marcus Denmon and eternal Sixer-turned-schnitzel consuming friendly ghost Casper Ware. Their full roster can be found here. It's incredibly deep.

Philly's squad features Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell, Jordan McRae now fresh off of a year bulldozing every basketball player in Australia, rising NBA sophomores Jerami Grant and Furkan Aldemir, as well as, of course, the team's three remaining draft picks - Jahlil Okafor, Richaun Holmes and J.P. Tokoto - among others. Pour one out for Arturas and Luka, now exiled EuroKings.

Among things to look for - when you can unglue your eyes from Okafor's obligatory bullying of anyone who gets in his way, that is - is for Jordan McRae to get some looks at the point. Max Rappaport says he's been taking some reps at the one in mini-camp scrimmages, and without any clear short or long-term solution at the position, look for the team to put the ball in his hands some and evaluate his potential as a creator.

Another fun quirk to look for: our own Jake Fischer is warning of an Aldemirmageddon in which the Turkish screen-setting savant is being encouraged to showcase some floor-stretching ability. I'm not sure what Aldemir's offseason regiment is like, but this would be a treat regardless of how successful it may/may not/conclusively will not be. I'd say keep your eyes out for this, but it probably won't be hard to miss.

Otherwise, Roy did an impeccable job breaking down the team's entire roster heading into Utah. Check that out, and hold tight for the refreshingly not-so-long-awaited Okafor debut at 7. He's sure to drop his jersey on the ground at least once just out of sheer disrespect.