NBA Summertime League in Las Vegas begins this Sunday and the Toronto Raptors will support kick items off with a contest towards the New York Knicks at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet One particular.
Las Vegas Summer time League, as a entire, will run from Aug. 8-17, with groups each individual acquiring an prospect to enjoy five game titles. Following every single team performs four game titles, the two groups with the ideal documents from the initial 4 games will then fulfill in the Championship Match. The other teams that never make the championship game will then be scheduled for a fifth sport afterwards.
For the Raptors, Summer season League is an prospect to see what some of their new, rookie gamers can do, and to just take a seem at fellas who may well suit into their upcoming programs – specifically on Raptors 905.
Here’s a speedy primer on what you require to know about the Summer season Raptors.
Raptors’ Summer League Plan
Aug. 8: Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks at 4:30 p.m. ET (on Sportsnet 1)
Aug. 11: Toronto Raptors vs. Golden Condition Warriors at 8:00 p.m. ET
Aug. 12: Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets at 8:00 p.m. ET
Aug. 14: Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets at 7:00 p.m. ET
Aug. 16 or 17: Fifth video game TBD
Raptors Summer months League Roster
Here’s a appear at the Raptors’ 15-guy roster, like the squad’s head mentor, Patrick Mutombo from the 905:
The Raptors have introduced their Summer months League roster.
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Major storyline to observe
The most important motive to tune into Summer season League is to see what a team’s recently drafted gamers can do, and the Raptors this 12 months are no different.
Gauging the progress of gamers like Malachi Flynn, Freddie Gillespie and Yuta Watanabe will, of system, be critical. But this Summer season League will be all about names like Dalano Banton, David Johnson and, in particular, Socttie Barnes.
Barnes was taken No. 4 general and anticipations for him are moderately superior.
A participant recognised as an elite athlete with playmaking abilities and huge defensive opportunity, but lacking a jumper at the second, we’ll see if any of that proves to be genuine against NBA competitors – lesser although it may perhaps be – at lengthy past.
Summer months League isn’t recognised for its defensive depth, but if Barnes can demonstrate some of those people defensive competencies of his all through Summertime League that would be a extremely encouraging sign for him and the Raptors. As effectively, given that he very likely is not to see considerably resistance, we may perhaps be in keep for some fierce assaults of the basket and, additional importantly, some fantastic appears to be like at his jumper and if he’s managed to shore up some of the mechanical challenges he appeared to have with it all through his lone year at Florida Point out University.
Summer months League for the Raptors this year will revolve quite seriously all-around Barnes.
1 sentence for each and every participant on the Summer League roster
As described prior to, there are 15 players on the Raptors’ Summer time League roster. For a little far more on every single of them, here’s a solitary sentence on each of them.
Jalen Adams: A six-foot-a few stage guard who performed his very last two seasons in the G League, Adams appears to be like to have a serious NBA talent with his sharpshooting three-issue stroke – he’s shot 39.4 for every cent from deep around his previous two seasons with the Erie BayHawks.
Dalano Banton: The initially Canadian the Raptors at any time drafted, I took a more in-depth look at Banton ahead of he was drafted in this piece.
Scottie Barnes: The No. 4 over-all pick from this previous draft, Barnes appears to be like to have all the bodily resources to turn into at minimum a superior-amount beginning calibre player, but he might be a minor uncooked at the second.
Justin Champagnie: An undersized combo ahead, who crashes the glass challenging and plays with relentless strength (additional information on him here).
Zaccheus Darko-Kelly: A 24-yr-outdated six-foot-six wing participant who played his faculty in the Nationwide Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) exactly where he performed properly remaining named and NAIA All-American Initial-Team variety two times.
Malachi Flynn: Entering the sophomore year, Flynn will be seeking to make off a quite powerful conclusion to his rookie marketing campaign with the Raptors, and is definitely seeking a large amount greater and much better as he starts Calendar year 2.
Freddie Gillespie: Gillespie flashed some good likely as a high-vitality reserve huge, as he earned a place for himself on the Raptors last period, and as extended as he proceeds to show that in Summer months League he should really be part of Toronto’s options going ahead.
Ashton Hagans: A previous five-star recruit who played two seasons at Kentucky in advance of likely undrafted in 2020, Hagans suits the mildew of the form of participant the Raptors like in that he’s a six-foot-three level guard, with a six-foot-eight wingspan and some athletic ability.
Rayshaun Hammonds: A large (six-foot-7, 235 kilos) wing participant who used three many years at Ga ahead of declaring for the draft in 2020, went undrafted and performed previous time with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G League where it appears like he didn’t get significantly of an chance to demonstrate what he could do as he only played about 12 minutes for each match.
David Johnson: A significant guard with the sort of measurables that the Raptors surface to be chasing, coupled with the assure of the multi-positional flexibility that Toronto’s entrance office covets (additional information on him right here).
Anas Mahmoud: A 7-foot Egyptian centre who played his faculty ball at Louisville and just put in his last three seasons actively playing for Egyptian professional club, and NBA-run Basketball Africa League (BAL) winner, Zamalek, Mahmoud comes with some significant accolades from this previous season on his résumé as he was named BAL Defensive Player of the Yr, was an All-BAL First Group selection and was the Egyptian League MVP.
Isiaha Mike: A Scarborough indigenous who had a robust job at SMU and performed very last season in Germany, Mike is a further six-foot-8 combo ahead who initiatives ideal to it’s possible develop into a reserve 3-and-D wing at the NBA degree — if he’s equipped to get his taking pictures stroke again on observe.
Matt Morgan: Morgan, a crafty six-foot-two stage guard with a penchant for producing clutch shots, is a veritable Raptors 905 legend, obtaining used two solid seasons with the Raptors’ G League outfit.
Ishmail Wainright: Finest identified for his four-year job at Baylor, Wainwright is a six-foot-five, 250-pound concrete block of a man who can defend a number of positions and established bone-rattling screens.
Yuta Watanabe: Watanabe is coming off a robust showing with the Japanese nationwide crew at the Olympics the place he was employed as a key scoring choice, forcing him to be a lot more aggressive than he ever showed with the Raptors previous time to the tune of a 17.7 factors-per-match regular throughout Japan’s three Olympic game titles.