NBA TV’s Summer League coverage — the first opportunity to see a lot of the NBA’s top rookies in action — will comprise 50 live game telecasts at 13 days beginning Monday, July 1. The network’s schedule — including live game telecasts from all three Summer League locations — will comprise the expected first look at a number of those 2019 NBA Draft course. Live game coverage on NBA TV will tip-off on July 1 with three matches, such as the Cleveland Cavaliers — who drafted Darius Garland with the No. 5 choice — confronting the San Antonio Spurs and newly drafted Luka Samanic at 7 pm Live event coverage will include 10 match telecasts from the Sacramento Kings’ California Classic Summer League and the 2019 Utah Jazz Summer League — five from each location — held from July 1-4. Golden 1 Center in Sacramento will host the California Classic Summer League, while the Utah Jazz Summer League games will be held at the team’s Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. NBA TV will feature back-to-back tripleheader times of live game action from Sacramento and Utah on Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2, followed by 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, plus the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers at Salt Lake City. Live game coverage will tip off at 7 pm, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and 3 p.m., 5 rebounds, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The matchup between New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson along with New York Knicks guard-forward RJ Barrett — two of the top three selections in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm — highlights the 11-day, 83-game schedule for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 at Las Vegas. Williamson along with 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 air live on tv for the second consecutive season, together with ESPN networks and NBA TV combining to televise a record amount of games. Williamson, the No. 1 pick in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, yields on Saturday, July 6 to face Rui Hachimura along with the Washington Wizards in 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. Hachimura became the initial Japanese-born player selected in the first round by an NBA team when the Wizards chose 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, which comprises all 30 NBA teams along with also 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 include five matches on NBA TV and also a tripleheader on ESPN. This league gives fans the chance to view lots of the league’s top young players, such as this year’s top 10 picks 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 matches each. The top eight teams are then seeded in a tournament, which culminates with a Championship Game on July 15 at 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, won by the Portland Trail Blazers, set records for total attendance, combined viewership around ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s societal and digital platforms, besides matching the single-day attendance document. For the third consecutive year, ESPN will exhibit every match from vegas through the ESPN Program, combined with 43 matches on its linear television networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU). NBA TV, co-managed from the NBA and Turner Sports, will broadcast a record 40 games, starting with the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League opener when the Croatian National Team, making its own event introduction, squares off against the Detroit Pistons and No. 15 pick Sekou Doumbouya on July 5 at 3 p.m. ET. NBA TV’s coverage of Day 1 will even feature a 5 p.m. ET match between the Minnesota Timberwolves along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, that selected Darius Garland with the fifth choice in the 2019 NBA Draft. After that match, a 7 p.m. matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and No. 6 overall pick Jarrett Culver vs. the Dallas Mavericks The Trail Blazers will begin defense of their MGM Resorts NBA Summer League title against the Pistons on July 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. After that day, the Atlanta Hawks, that picked Cam Reddish the 10th pick in NBA Draft 2019 introduced by State Farm, will play with 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 discuss play-by-play duties. 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 following every day’s last game of the night, July 5-15, focusing on the latest player moves and absolutely free agent buzz, plus game highlights and news 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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