NBA TV’s Summer League coverage — the first opportunity to see many of the NBA’s best rookies in action — will comprise 50 live match telecasts in 13 days beginning Monday, July 1. The network’s schedule — including live game telecasts from all three Summer League places — will feature the expected first look at many of those 2019 NBA Draft class. Live match coverage on NBA TV will tip-off on July 1 with three games, including the Cleveland Cavaliers — who drafted Darius Garland together with the No. 5 choice — confronting the San Antonio Spurs and recently drafted Luka Samanic at 7 p.m. Live event coverage will comprise 10 match telecasts from the Sacramento Kings’ California Classic Summer League and the 2019 Utah Jazz Summer League — five from every location — held from July 1-4. Golden 1 Center at Sacramento will sponsor the California Classic Summer League, although the Utah Jazz Summer League matches will be held at the team’s Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. NBA TV will feature back-to-back tripleheader days of live game action from Sacramento and Utah on Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2, followed with a four-game report on Wednesday, July 3. The community’s coverage will include the Miami Heat with No. 13 pick Tyler Herro in Sacramento, and the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers at Salt Lake City. Live game coverage will tip off at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and 3 rebounds, 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The matchup between New Orleans Pelicans ahead Zion Williamson and New York Knicks guard-forward RJ Barrett — two of the top 3 selections in NBA Draft 2019 introduced by State Farm — highlights the 11-day, 83-game program for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 at Las Vegas. Williamson and the Pelicans confront Barrett and the Knicks on Friday, July 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Each MGM Resorts NBA Summer League match will broadcast live on tv for the second consecutive year, with ESPN networks and NBA TV merging to televise a record amount of games. Williamson, the No. 1 pick in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, returns on Saturday, July 6 to face Rui Hachimura and the Washington Wizards in 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. Hachimura became the initial Japanese-born player chosen in the first round by an NBA team when the Wizards picked him ninth in NBA Draft 2019. Williamson will also take on the Chicago Bulls and fellow top-10 pick Coby White on Monday, July 8, at 9:30 p.m. on NBA TV. MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019, that features all 30 NBA teams and the Chinese and Croatian National Teams, will tip off with 10 games on July 5 and continue through Monday, July 15 in the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The first day of activity will comprise five games on NBA TV plus a tripleheader on ESPN. This league gives fans the opportunity to view lots of the league’s best young players, such as this year’s top 10 selections Williamson, RJ Barrett, De’Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, White, Cam Reddish, Rui Hachimura and Jaxson Hayes. The event opens with all 32 teams playing four preliminary games each. The best eight teams are then seeded in a tournament, which culminates with a Championship Game on July 15 in 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Teams that don’t qualify for the championship will each play a consolation game. Every team will play five or more games as many as seven at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League. Last year’s event, acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers, set records for total presence, combined viewership around ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s societal and electronic platforms, besides matching the single-day attendance document. For the third successive year, ESPN will exhibit every game from vegas through the ESPN App, along with 43 matches on its own linear television networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU). NBA TV, co-managed from the NBA and Turner Sports, will broadcast a listing 40 games, starting with the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League opener when the Croatian National Team, making its event introduction, squares off against the Detroit Pistons and No. 15 select Sekou Doumbouya on July 5 at 3 pm ET. NBA TV’s coverage of Day 1 will also comprise a 5 p.m. ET match between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who picked Darius Garland together with the fifth choice in the 2019 NBA Draft. Following that game, a 7 p.m. matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves along with No. 6 overall pick Jarrett Culver vs. the Dallas Mavericks The Trail Blazers will begin defense of their MGM Resorts NBA Summer League name against the Pistons on July 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. After that afternoon, the Atlanta Hawks, who selected Cam Reddish the 10th pick in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, will play the Milwaukee Bucks at 5 pm ET on NBA TV. NBA TV’s on-site commentators in Las Vegas will consist of analysts Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler, Steve Smith, Isiah Thomas, Sam Mitchell and eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, who will function as a guest analyst for the community for the fourth consecutive year. Matt Winer, Rick Kamla, Pete Pranica, Kristen Ledlow and Jared Greenberg will share play-by-play responsibilities. Allie LaForce, Dennis Scott, Stephanie Ready, Ro Parrish, Ledlow and Greenberg will serve as reporters. NBA TV’s signature studio series, NBA GameTime, will feature live episodes after each day’s last game of the night, July 5-15, focusing on the latest player moves and free agent buzz, also game highlights and information from Summer League. Casey Stern, Winer, Kamla and Chris Miles will rotate hosting duties, alongside analysts Wes Wilcox, Tony Delk, Rex Chapman and Antonio Daniels.
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