Roughly three months after the Utah Jazz saw their 25 win season come to an end, the Jazz get to take the court again, this time for a summer league contest in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The Jazz enter tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers with two new rookies who are looking to impress. The Jazz’s first selection with the fifth pick was the Australian guard, Dante Exum. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Exum as he entered the draft. Many experts said that if he had played in the United States, he could have been in the running for the number one pick in the draft.
When Exum fell to the Jazz at five, the Jazz, as well as their fans, felt excitement to land a player that could potentially turn into a big time talent in Utah. As the Jazz were gearing up for their trip to Las Vegas, they held a summer league scrimmage for fans to attend. Exum had a hard time connecting on shots, and looked to get winded. With summer league, Exum will be looking for a chance to prove himself a bit, and Jazz fans will be hoping he delivers.
The other draft pick in the first round for the Jazz, Rodney Hood, looked very good in the summer league scrimmage, and looks like he can come in and contribute to the Jazz organization from day one. Jazz fans got excited to see what he did on Thursday night, they will be looking forward to seeing if he can put out a similar effort during his time at summer league.
Utah will be facing a team in the 76ers who are coming off a victory in the Orlando Summer League championship game on Friday. After winning the tournament there, the 76ers headed to Vegas to gear up for their game against the Jazz. Philadelphia could be entering the game with tired legs, after traveling all day on Friday. However, with the game not starting until 7:30 p.m., there will be plenty of time to rest.
Summer league is a time for the young Jazz players to improve on things and get a feel of NBA action. Fans should remember that, and not put too much emphasis on summer league. Trey Burke played terrible in the Orlando Summer League last season, and came out and had a very solid rookie year.
The game will be broadcast on NBA-TV, as well as KJZZ-TV, and will begin roughly at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.