The hopeful savior of the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Simmons makes his Summer League debut tonight against the Boston Celtics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joining the number one pick on the Sixers Summer League roster is the french-born 24th overall pick Timothe Luwawu who can play shooting guard and small forward and played professionally in both France and Serbia prior to being drafted. Additionally, the Sixers added a number of undrafted rookies to the Summer League roster who will be playing for a spot in the NBA, whether in Philadelphia or elsewhere. Four sophomore NBA players will see time in the Sixers’ Summer League games – Richaun Holmes, T.J. McConnell, Christian Wood, and James Nunnally.
Game time is 7pm and in addition to The Comcast Network and NBA TV, ESPN3 will be streaming NBA Summer League games this year online and through the Watch ESPN app.
The Summer League is about as indicative of future NBA performance as preseason NFL games are, however, this will give fans a first look at how Simmons and Luwawu perform defensively against better players than they’ve matched up with in the past. It will also give a decent read on overall athleticism, as both players were superior athletes in their former leagues and looked that way on film. More than anything, it will be fun to get just a glimpse of the Sixers future as they begin to rise from the ashes of the past three seasons.