NBA TV’s Summer League coverage — the very first opportunity to see many of the NBA’s best rookies in action — will comprise 50 live game telecasts at 13 days starting Monday, July 1. The network’s program — such as live match telecasts from three Summer League places — will comprise the expected first look at many of those 2019 NBA Draft class. Live game coverage on NBA TV will tip-off on July 1 with three games, such as the Cleveland Cavaliers — that drafted Darius Garland together with the No. 5 selection — facing the San Antonio Spurs and recently drafted Luka Samanic at 7 p.m. Live event coverage will include 10 game telecasts in 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 games will be held at the team’s Vivint Smart Home Arena at Salt Lake City. NBA TV will comprise 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 slate 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 match coverage will tip off at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and 3 rebounds, 5 rebounds, 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 — 2 of the top three picks 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 and the Pelicans face 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 2nd consecutive season, together with ESPN networks and NBA TV merging to televise a record number of matches. Williamson, the No. 1 pick in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, yields on Saturday, July 6 to confront Rui Hachimura and the Washington Wizards at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. Hachimura became the initial Japanese-born participant 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 select Coby White on Monday, July 8, at 9:30 p.m. on NBA TV. MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019, that comprises 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 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The first day of action will include five games on NBA TV and also a tripleheader on ESPN. This league gives fans the opportunity to view lots of the league’s best young players, including this season’s top 10 selections Williamson, RJ Barrett, De’Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, White, Cam Reddish, Rui Hachimura and Jaxson Hayes. The event opens with 32 teams playing four preliminary matches each. The best eight teams are subsequently seeded at 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 tournament will each play a consolation game. Each team will play five or more games and as many as seven at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League. Last year’s event, won from the Portland Trail Blazers, set records for total presence, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and visitors to the NBA’s societal and electronic platforms, besides matching the single-day attendance record. For the third consecutive year, ESPN will present every match from vegas through the ESPN Program, combined 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 record 40 games, beginning with the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League opener when the Croatian National Team, making its event debut, squares off against the Detroit Pistons and No. 15 select Sekou Doumbouya on July 5 at 3 pm ET. NBA TV’s policy of Day 1 will also comprise a 5 p.m. ET match between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected Darius Garland together with the fifth pick 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 the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League title against the Pistons on July 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Later that afternoon, the Atlanta Hawks, who picked Cam Reddish the 10th pick in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, will play the Milwaukee Bucks in 5 p.m. ET on NBA TV. NBA TV’s onsite 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 serve as a guest analyst for the network for the fourth straight year. Matt Winer, Rick Kamla, Pete Pranica, Kristen Ledlow and Jared Greenberg will discuss 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 following each day’s last game of the night, July 5-15, focusing on the most recent player moves and free agent buzz, plus 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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