The Utah Jazz Summer League in Salt Lake City is only days away; the team announced its official roster for the three-day event this week.
It’s finally here. After a disappointing finish to the 2015-16 Jazz season and multiple months of watching other teams enjoy playoff runs, basketball is back in the Salt Lake Valley with the beginning of the Utah Jazz Summer League at Vivint Smart Home Arena on July 4.
And while the team’s point guard of the future, erstwhile Aussie Dante Exum, won’t be with the Jazz as he takes five from the court and his rehab for a surgically-repaired ACL, Utah’s roster for summer league action still includes several players of note and the potential for plenty of intrigue in the coming days.
Although he’ll be one of the squad’s youngest players at just 20 years old, Jazz big man Trey Lyles will be one of the squad’s most experienced players and should be one of this summer’s standout performers.
The same could be said for Tibor Pleiss who, after spending most of last season with the team’s D-League affiliate, is looking to stake his claim as a bona fide NBA player next season, beginning with a dominant summer league effort.
Despite Lyles’ rapid ascension from late lottery pick to potential star and Pleiss’ transition from D-Leaguer to, potentially, Rudy Gobert‘s understudy next season, many fans will be flocking to the arena for a first look at the team’s three second round pick’s in last month’s NBA Draft.
While each faces a hard road to securing a spot on the Jazz roster come the start of the regular season, a strong summer performance could be enough for one or more of them to make a strong case for roster consideration. Especially in the case of Bolomboy, who could be aided by the potential departure of Trevor Booker.
However, those are just five of the names from the Jazz official roster for their team-hosted summer league. The entire 14-man roster has been compiled as follows–
|22||Joel Bolomboy||F-C||6-9||235||1994-01-28||Weber State|
|31||Spencer Butterfield||G||6-3||205||1992-10-11||Juventus, Lithuanua|
|26||Dionte Christmas||G||6-5||205||1986-09-15||Torku Konyaspor, Turkey|
|36||Aaron Craft||G||6-2||195||1991-02-12||Santa Cruz Warriors|
|40||Bangaly Fofana||F-C||7-0||230||1989-06-03||Strasbourg IG, France|
|18||Olivier Hanlan||G||6-4||186||1993-02-15||Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania|
|41||Trey Lyles||F||6-10||234||1995-11-05||Utah Jazz|
|42||Shaquille McKissic||F||6-5||200||1990-08-17||Changwon LG Sakers, South Korea|
|28||JJ O’Brien||F||6-7||228||1992-04-08||Idaho Stampede|
|16||Marcus Paige||G||6-2||175||1993-09-11||North Carolina|
|21||Tibor Pleiss||C||7-3||256||1989-11-02||Utah Jazz|
Note: This is the team’s roster for the Utah Jazz Summer League specifically; we’ll update you on some of the additions and subtractions for the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League as they become official.
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The Utah Jazz Summer League will run games on July 4 and 5 from Vivint Arena. Following an off-day, games will conclude on July 7 at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, home of the University of Utah Runnin’ Utes.
The Jazz will be joined in competition by No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers, No. 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics, as well as Dejounte Murray and the San Antonio Spurs.