As we all know, the NBA is essentially a 24/7/365 spectacle in the year 2019. From the NBA Finals, to the draft, then free agency, we’ve had major storylines both genuine and contrived to discuss around the water cooler each and every day following the Sixers’ exit from the playoffs in May. Now, we actually have Sixers basketball (of a sort) back on display.
Philadelphia will tip off this afternoon in Vegas Summer League action. The Summer Sixers will first suit up against the Milwaukee Bucks; below is the full schedule for the upcoming week, with bracket play to follow.
Friday, July 5, vs. Milwaukee, 3:30pm, ESPN2
Saturday, July 6, vs. Boston, 5:30pm, ESPN
Monday, July 8, vs. Oklahoma City, 3:00pm, ESPNU
Wednesday, July 10, vs. Detroit, 3:00pm, NBATV
Of course, the actual game results are of lesser importance than the development we see from the young players taking the floor. Here’s the roster the Summer Sixers will be rolling with in Sin City:
Couple pieces of housekeeping: Sixers announced that they officially signed Matisse Thybulle today.— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) July 3, 2019
And this is their summer league roster. pic.twitter.com/25uzJnKEDr
Delaware Blue Coats head coach Connor Johnson has been tasked with leading this lovable group to glory. The headliners will be the team’s first-round picks from each of the last two drafts, Zhaire Smith and Matisse Thybulle. Smith played just a handful of games at the end of the last season after missing most of his rookie year due to injury and illness; it will be great to see him back on the hardwood. He and Thybulle could potentially form a dynamic duo of wing stoppers off the bench this season. Much of their playing time could hinge on their ability to make spot-up 3s, so we’ll get an extended glimpse of their potential in that area over the next week.
We’ll also see Shake Milton take the floor, fresh off inking his new NBA contract with the team. Shake saw some action as a two-way player for the Sixers last season, and as a result, you’d like to see him look more composed than many of the rookies in action. Norvel Pelle will be anchoring the paint for this group, having just received a two-way deal with the Sixers. Second-round pick Marial Shayok will be showing off his shot in an attempt to lock down what’s expected to be a two-way contract of his own.
While this summer league might not reach the glorious highs of the Orlando Summer League title in 2014, or the sheer giddiness of seeing Furkan Korkmaz explode for 40 points against the Celtics, it is sure to provide its own set of memories and whet the appetite for the upcoming season. Charge on, Summer Sixers, and channel your inner Hollis Thompson and Casper Ware to bring home the hardware!