When: Saturday July 13th, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Cox Pavilion; Las Vegas, NV
How to watch: NBATV, ESPN3
Normally I do this on the day of the game, but I figured that not very many people knew when the Hornets played their final game so here we are. Plus a lot more of you read this stuff during the week instead of on the weekend, so here we are.
Since the Hornets played some poo poo basketball in their last three games, they go into the next phase of the Summer League as the 24th ranked team. Only the top eight make the ‘tournament’, so the Hornets didn’t quite make the cut. Instead, they’re in the consolation round, which consists of one game against another team that wasn’t good enough to make the tournament before hitting the road.
They’ll play the Jazz, who went 2-2 in their opening four games and finished as the 17th ranked team. The Jazz have been led by a familiar face around these parts, former UNC Tar Heel Tony Bradley.
Bradley has played sparingly since being taken 28th overall in the 2017 draft, appearing in just 12 NBA games. He’s been a force in the Summer League though, averaging 19.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while shooting 56% from the field. He’ll be matched up against two of his former Tar Heel teammates, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks. Considering what we’ve seen from the latter duo so far, the Jazz big man looks to be in line for a big game, assuming he plays of course.
Elsewhere, the Jazz have gotten piecemeal contributions from the roster, as is typical for the Summer League. Second round pick Miye Oni had a strong couple games before struggling lately. NBA veteran Willie Reed had a good game the other night. Josh Sharma has played in two games and missed one shot. Stuff like that.
No word on who’s going to play and who’s going to sit for the Hornets in their Summer League finale. They’ve made it this far without shutting anyone down and they’ll have had two days of rest by tip-off time, so I’d guess the whole roster will suit up for this one. Or they could play all the guys that haven’t seen much court time yet. Or maybe both. I don’t know. It’s just Summer League.