We reported here a few weeks ago that the New Orleans Pelicans officially announced that they would be playing in the Las Vegas Summer League and the schedule for the league has officially been announced.
Before we get into the details of who the Pelicans will play here is a refresher of how the league works from the article linked above:
The NBA released the Las Vegas summer league schedule Thursday morning. The circuit will run from July 11-21 and consists of a total of 24 teams. For the second straight year, each team will play three “pool play” games, then will be seeded for a single-elimination tournament. The championship game will take place on the evening of July 21.
New Orleans opens the summer on July 11 against the D-League All Star team at 9:30 pm CST. The team’s next game will be played on July 13th at 3:30 pm CST against the Lakers before pool play finishes on July 14th at 5:30 pm CST against the Spurs. The schedule should be good for a Pelicans team that is still taking shape. Right now the only confirmed players for New Orleans are Pierre Jackson, Jeff Withey and Luke Babbitt.
Last season’s D-League Select group included former NBA players Kyle Weaver, Darnell Jackson and Mickell Gladness and is always one of the most hungry teams in the league as players fight for chances to earn roster spots on any of the leagues teams. Against the Lakers the team will likely see the seventh pick in this season’s draft, unless of course it is Julius Randle and he does in fact need foot surgery. A chance for Jackson, Withey or Babbitt to have to face a prospect of that caliber will be good for them as they continue to try to improve. Finally the Pelicans will play the Spurs, who may not have the most talent in the league but will surely have a group of players that play perfectly in the Spurs system. Just getting repetitions against a system like the Spurs is good for any player hoping to play heavy minutes this season.
We should see more about players agreeing to play this summer with the Pelicans so make sure to watch out on Pelican Debrief for news and breakdowns of unfamiliar players as the roster starts to take shape.
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