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Orlando Summer League: All you need to know ahead of tomorrow's tip-off

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Preparation has begun for the new NBA season. Just 11 days after the Cleveland Cavaliers sunk the Golden State Warriors in game seven of their epic Finals series, the focus has shifted. The draft has come and gone, the moratorium period began at midnight on July 1 and the Summer Leagues are about to kick off.

The big one begins in Las Vegas on July 8 with the biggest names from the draft Ben Simmons, Dragan Bender, Jaylen Brown, Marquese Chriss, Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, Brandon Ingram and Jamal Murray set to take part. However, the Orlando edition kicks off tomorrow as nine franchises give their youngsters more time to develop and continue to look for a diamond in the rough.

Ahead of the 25-game, seven-day event, GiveMeSport has looked through the rosters to tell you all you need to know ahead of the competition on the practice court at Orlando's Amway Center.

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Orlando Magic

As is a custom, the Magic will have two teams on show at their tournament; Orlando Blue and Orlando White.

Blue is headlined by 2014 second-round pick Devyn Marble, who made 28 appearances for the Magic last season, along with the 41st choice this year, Stephen Zimmerman, who played one year for the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. Undrafted forward Alex Poythress will also suit up for Orlando Blue.

Boise State v UNLV

Team White's biggest name is former Clemson star Landry Nnoko. He is joined by four former Erie BayHawks; Jordan Sibert, Alex Davis, Nnanna Egwu and Aaron Bowen.

Charlotte Hornets

Led by associate head coach Patrick Ewing for the third consecutive year, the Charlotte Hornets have named a 13-man roster with just one player who has been professional for a year or more.

Former Kentucky man Aaron Harrison played two games for the Hornets last season and will be hoping to impress once again in the Sunshine State.


24-year-old Wayne Blackshear, who spent last season with Pistoia Basket 2000 in Italy, is given a chance to show his credentials alongside two ex-Ohio State players; DeShaun Thomas and Sam Thompson.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Domantas Sabonis will not compete as he plans on representing his home nation of Lithuania at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

However, Thunder youngsters Cameron Payne, Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis are scheduled to take part in the event.

Payne, known more for his pre-game dance routine than his output on the hardwood, will be working hard to ensure he is at a level to earn a bigger part in the rotation.

Oklahoma City Thunder v New York Knicks

Dallas Mavericks

46th pick A. J. Hammons will not be on show for the Dallas Mavericks. However, the first ever Indian player to de drafted, Satnam Singh, will make his second appearance in the Summer League.

At 20, he is the youngest player on the roster, with 27-year-old Darius Adams, who has spent most of his professional career in Europe, being the oldest.

Corey Jefferson brings experience after being drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 before ending up with the Brooklyn Nets and having a strong campaign with the D-League's Bakersfield Jam this season.

Houston Rockets v Brooklyn Nets

Detroit Pistons

Associate head coach Bob Beyer will have a strong team on his hands at the Amway Center. 18th pick Henry Ellenson - from Marquette - and the Nigerian second rounder Michael Gbinije are both expected to play a prominent role.

19-year-old forward Ellenson is a McDonald's All-American from 2015 and was Big East Freshman of the Year during his solitary season on the college circuit.

The two rookies are joined by current Pistons players Stanley Johnson, Darrun Hilliard and Lorenzo Brown. Johnson and Hillard made a combined total of 111 regular season appearances for Detroit while Brown was signed to back-to-back ten-day contracts.

2016 NBA Draft

Indiana Pacers

Georges Niang, the 50th pick in the 2016 draft, leads the roster for the Indiana Pacers. He will be joined by three young players who are currently signed to Indy; Rakeem Christmas, Glenn Robinson III and Joe Young.

Christmas was limited to just one appearance for the Pacers but Young amassed 41 at 9.4 minutes per game and Robinson took the hardwood 45 times and reached double-figures in minutes a game.

Also on the roster are undrafted rookies Jamari Traylor, Dyshawn Pierre, Armani Moore, Joel James and Julian Jacobs.

Iowa State v Virginia

L.A. Clippers

The L.A. Clippers will have all three of their 2016 draft picks on show as first-rounder Brice Johnson, along with David Michineau and Diamond Stone - who went in the second round - all compete.

C.J. Wilcox, who played 23 games for the Clippers last season and was taken in the first round of 2014, continues his development, as does Branden Dawson after making six appearances in his rookie year.

Former Washington Huskies player Andrew Andrews, who led the team in scoring despite sharing a floor with Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray, went undrafted but has his chance to impress.

2016 NBA Draft

Miami Heat

With no draft picks in 2015, the Miami Heat will use the Summer League as an opportunity to give more experience to their exciting, fiery duo of Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson.

To some, Miami overachieved last season, and their youngsters played a big role in that. Winslow clocked up 28 minutes per night throughout the regular season and played in 13 of their playoff games as they reached the Conference Semi-Finals.

Richardson had an equally impressive season ,and they will be joined by fellow Heat roster man Brianté Weber.

Miami Heat v Charlotte Hornets - Game Three

New York Knicks

Former Wichita State product Ron Baker has his chance to impress the New York Knicks after going undrafted. The shooting guard spent four years in college and was an AP honorable mention All-American in 2015.

Cleanthony Early, who has been in the Big Apple since being picked by New York in 2014 with the 34th selection, will also compete at the home of their Eastern Conference rivals.

Ex-Golden State Warriors center Ognjen Kuzmińá is looking for an avenue back into the NBA after playing last season with Panathinaikos in Greece. Marshall Plumlee, the younger brother of Mason, also competes.


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