The Philadelphia 76ers’ summer league roster has a Kentucky feel to it this season.
Three former Kentucky men’s basketball players are on the 14-man Philadelphia roster that will compete in this week’s Utah Jazz Summer League. After going through Philadelphia’s mini-camp last week, Isaiah Briscoe (2016-17), Aaron Harrison (2014-15) and Alex Poythress (2013-16) will get another opportunity to impress in Salt Lake City.
The Utah Jazz Summer League begins Monday night and runs through Thursday. It includes four teams and six games in a round-robin format. All six games will be televised on NBATV. Philadelphia’s first game is Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
Three other Wildcats – Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Derek Willis (Detroit Pistons) – are currently competing in the NBA Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League, which began Saturday and concludes Thursday. All three have played well so far:
· Adebayo – 14.0 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, 2.5 blocks per game, 1.0 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game
· Johnson – 18.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 1.0 apg
· Willis – 5.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 apg
Complete summer league rosters for the Las Vegas league (July 7-17) will be announced at a later time.
The NBA summer leagues are an important time of the year for professional players to either earn a free-agent contract, solidify their spot on an NBA roster, or develop and earn additional playing time for the NBA regular season.
Fans can access box scores, game recaps and cumulative statistics at nba.com/summerleague.
UK had another three players (Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk) selected in the 2017 NBA Draft, boosting the Wildcats’ totals to 31 players drafted – including 24 first-round picks – in the eight-year John Calipari era.