When: 8:30 PM
Where: Vegas, bayybeee
Today, we finally get to see the Phoenix Suns uniforms again as the Summer Suns take on the Summer Nuggs in a Las Vegas tilt on ESPN.
The last few summers, we got to see most of the active roster show up in Summer League to begin indoctrination into the schemes of a new coaching staff.
Remember last summer, when Dragan Bender, Josh Jackson, Davon Reed, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Elie Okobo all donned the Summer Suns jerseys to showcase themselves to new coach Igor Kokoskov and his staff, as well as all the win-starved Suns fans? That was literally half the regular season rotation right there in front of us in the middle of July all full of hope and excitement.
This year is quite different.
Thanks to a couple of draft-day trades for their picks and the weird timing of the beginning of the league year, we won’t see any of the team’s regular rotation in the Summer League opener tonight at 8:30 PM at the Thomas and Mack Center in Vegas.
Young point guard Elie Okobo will play, but he’s mostly just showcasing himself for other teams after the Suns added Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jevon Carter and Jalen Lecque to the depth chart at point guard since the end of a disappointing and over-exposed rookie season from Elie.
We will get a glimpse of “Baby Westbrook” Jalen Lecque as well, though we’ve got no idea how playable he is, even in Summer League. The kid has been sitting out nearly a year since high school graduation just to wait for the NBA Draft. Will he look like a diamond? Or is he still just a lump of coal we hope will evolve?
Otherwise, we get a bit more glimpse of Ray Spalding, who got late-season run with the limping Suns and is hoping to snag a deep roster spot along the front line. Spalding has been officially released, but the Suns can always sign anyone to a minimum contract deal at any time, so if Spalding plays well in Summer League he just might be back next year.
Anyone else look possible to make the Suns this fall?
Keep an eye out. Here’s the roster.