As many as six players with Utah ties are expected to get their shot to make an impression with a pro team during the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which begins Friday.
Summer league rosters are still subject to change before the tournament. Among rookies, former BYU guard Elijah Bryant was named to the Philadelphia 76ers’ summer league roster after participating in a team minicamp, while former Utah forward Tyler Rawson is a part of the Orlando Magic roster for the Vegas tournament.
This will be the first time that all 30 NBA teams will be represented in the Las Vegas summer league tournament, which runs July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on UNLV’s campus. Each team will play three games before tournament-style play begins July 11, culminating in a championship game July 17.
Here’s a look at each of the locals and their team’s schedule:
Elijah Bryant, Philadelphia 76ers
Utah tie: BYU
Bryant elected to turn pro after his junior season with the Cougars. He averaged a team-leading 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game last year for BYU while earning All-West Coast Conference first-team honors. He also shot 49.4 percent from the field, a team-best 41.5 percent from 3-point range and had 44 steals.
Among the other shooting guards Bryant will have to contend for opportunities with on the 76ers' summer league roster are a pair of 2018 NBA draft first-round picks. They include Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith, who the team acquired in a draft-night trade with Phoenix, and Wichita State’s Landry Shamet. Second-year 76ers player Furkan Kormaz will also be there.
July 6: Philadelphia vs. Boston, 5:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN)
July 7: Philadelphia vs. L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)
July 9: Philadelphia vs. Washington, 3:30 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)
Tyler Rawson, Orlando Magic
Utah tie: Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Southern Utah, American Fork High
Rawson finished his college career with his best year in 2017-18, when he averaged 10.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He also led the Utes in blocks with 32.
Rawson, a 6-foot-10 power forward, will be searching for playing time along with several big men, including Jonathan Isaac, the Magic’s No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Other big men on the Orlando roster include Mohamed Bamba, the 7-foot center from Texas who the Magic took sixth overall in this year’s draft, and Khem Birch, a fifth-year pro who signed with Orlando last year.
July 6: Orlando vs. Brooklyn, 3 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)
July 7: Orlando vs. Memphis, 7:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)
July 9: Orlando vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)
Kyle Collinsworth, Dallas Mavericks
Utah tie: BYU, Provo High
Collinsworth was a late addition to the Mavericks Summer League roster, according to team digital content producer Bobby Karalla. The third-year pro played for Dallas in summer league in 2016, helping him land with the Texas Legends of the NBA’s development league.
Last year, Collinsworth got his chance at playing in the NBA, signing a two-way contract with Dallas in December. He played in 32 games for the Mavericks, starting two, and averaged 3.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
July 6: Dallas vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN)
July 8: Dallas vs. Milwaukee, 5 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)
July 9: Dallas vs. Golden State, 5:30 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)
Frank Jackson, New Orleans Pelicans
Utah tie: Lone Peak High
Jackson missed his rookie NBA season last year, including summer league play, with a right foot injury. He played one season at Duke before going pro and was the first pick of the second round in the 2017 NBA draft.
“He can contort his body and use the rim to finish around the basket. His jump shot is also something that’s a weapon right now, especially off the dribble. I think he has the tools to be a good defender at the NBA level,” Pelicans Director of Player Personnel David Booth told team writer Jim Eichenhofer.
July 6: New Orleans vs. Toronto, 1:30 p.m. MDT (ESPNU)
July 7: New Orleans vs. Miami, 3 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)
July 9: New Orleans vs. Detroit, 1 p.m. MDT (ESPNU)
C.J. Wilcox, Indiana Pacers
Utah tie: Pleasant Grove High
Wilcox originally began his pro career as a 2014 first-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers and has also played for the Orlando Magic and in the NBA’s development G League, most recently with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Wilcox signed a two-way contract with Portland last year before a knee injury hampered him. He averaged 9.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists during the 2017-18 season in G League play with the Warriors.
July 6: Indiana vs. Houston, 1 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)
July 7: Indiana vs. San Antonio, 1:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)2 comments on this story
July 9: Indiana vs. Cleveland, 3 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)
Caleb Swanigan, Portland Trail Blazers
Utah tie: Former Salt Lake City resident
Swanigan averaged 2.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.1 blocks per game as a rookie last year after being a late first-round draft pick by Portland. He is one of five returning roster Trail Blazers players to suit up for the team’s summer league roster.
July 7: Portland vs. Utah, 1 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)
July 8: Portland vs. Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)
July 10: Portland vs. San Antonio, 2 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)