The Portland Trail Blazers begin the Summer League game at 9 p.m. Thursday against the Detroit Pistons at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Blazers will play four games while hoping to advance to the championship game on July 17. To do that, they would probably have to go 4-0. Possible? Maybe.
The Blazers will feature four players who saw intense action late last season after the Blazers decided to trade a possible playoff run for a high draft pick. These four players are Brandon Williams, Keon Johnson, Greg Brown III and Trendon Watford.
The pick ended up being No. 7, earned with a 27-55 record. Guard Shaedon Sharpe is the prize and will be the focal point of the Blazers’ summer session.
Blazers assistant coach Tom Hetzel was unsure who would start the opener, but logic dictates that Williams would start at point guard, Johnson and Sharpe at wing, Brown up front and Watford at center.
Also playing for the first time is rookie forward Jabari Walker, who was selected from Colorado in the second round of last month’s draft.
The Pistons will also throw in some household names. Cade Cunningham, last year’s first overall pick, will enter the summer league after averaging 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists during his rookie season.
He will be joined by Killian Hayes and Saddiq Bey. Hayes averaged 6.9 points per game in 66 appearances with 40 starts while Bey had 16.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 82 starts.
Certain to get plenty of attention will be Pistons rookie guard Jaden Ivy, picked fifth overall by Purdue.
This foursome should give the Blazers everything they can handle in the opener for both teams.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS. DETROIT PISTONS
What: Trail Blazers (0-0) at Pistons (0-0), 9 p.m., Thursday.
Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas.
TV channel: ESPN (in Portland: Comcast 735/35, DirectTV 206).
Watch the game live online: You can watch this match live for FREE with fuboTV (free try). You can also get this game at DirecTV streamsThe “CHOICE” package of (promotional offers), if you no longer have fuboTV trials, or if you simply prefer this platform and its tariff plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that broadcasts Root Sports and want to watch online, you can watch this match live on Root Sports Live.
7 p.m. Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN2)
8 p.m. Monday vs. New York Knicks (ESPN2)
6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14 vs. Houston Rockets (NBA TV)
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