NBA TV’s Summer League policy — the first chance to see many of the NBA’s best rookies in actions — will feature 50 live game telecasts at 13 days starting Monday, July 1. The network’s schedule — such as live match telecasts from three Summer League places — will feature the anticipated first look at a number of the 2019 NBA Draft class. Live match coverage on NBA TV will tip-off on July 1 with three matches, including the Cleveland Cavaliers — that drafted Darius Garland with the No. 5 selection — facing the San Antonio Spurs and newly 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 each location — held from July 1-4. Golden 1 Center in Sacramento will sponsor the California Classic Summer League, although the Utah Jazz Summer League matches will be held at the group’s Vivint Smart Home Arena at Salt Lake City. NBA TV will comprise 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 slate on Wednesday, July 3. The network’s coverage will include the Miami Heat with No. 13 select 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 p.m., 5 rebounds, 7 rebounds and 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The matchup between New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson and New York Knicks guard-forward RJ Barrett — two of the top three picks in NBA Draft 2019 introduced by State Farm — highlights the 11-day, 83-game schedule for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 in Las Vegas. Williamson along with the Pelicans face Barrett along with the Knicks on Friday, July 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Every MGM Resorts NBA Summer League match will air live on tv for the second consecutive year, with ESPN networks and NBA TV combining to televise a record number of games. Williamson, the No. 1 pick in NBA Draft 2019 introduced by State Farm, yields on Saturday, July 6 to face Rui Hachimura along with 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 pick Coby White on Monday, July 8, at 9:30 p.m. on NBA TV. MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019, which 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 also a tripleheader on ESPN. This league gives fans the opportunity to see many of the league’s top 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 matches each. The top eight teams are then seeded at a tournament, which contrasts with a Championship Game on July 15 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Teams which don’t qualify for the tournament will each play a consolation game. Each team will play at least five matches as many as seven in MGM Resorts NBA Summer League. Last year’s event, won by the Portland Trail Blazers, set records for total presence, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s societal and digital platforms, besides matching the single-day attendance document. For the third successive year, ESPN will present every match from Las Vegas via the ESPN Program, combined with 43 games on its 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 own occasion debut, squares off against the Detroit Pistons and No. 15 select Sekou Doumbouya on July 5 in 3 p.m. 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, that picked Darius Garland with the fifth choice in the 2019 NBA Draft. After that game, 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 name against the Pistons on July 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Later 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 p.m. ET on NBA TV. NBA TV’s onsite commentators at Las Vegas will include 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 duties. Allie LaForce, Dennis Scott, Stephanie Ready, Ro Parrish, Ledlow and Greenberg will function as reporters. NBA TV’s signature studio series, NBA GameTime, will feature live episodes after each day’s last match 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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