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Las Vegas Summer League 2015: Utah Jazz schedule, TV times, Opponents, and roster

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With the successful Utah Jazz summer league in the books, it's time to hit up Vegas!

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The Utah Jazz went 3-0 in the Utah Summer League after beating the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Philadelphia 76ers. The Jazz were led by Dante Exum (one game), and Rodney Hood (two games). And they were assisted by great play down the stretch of Game 3 by Bryce Cotton and Jack Cooley. Furthermore, a guy under the radar who has been killing it right now for the Jazz SL team was Chris Johnson. All five of those guys played for the team last season. And I wouldn't be surprised to see all five playing for the team again in training camp. Well, the actual recap of Game 3, and the overall impressions will happen a little later on today. But there's something even bigger right around the corner! And I'm talking about the Las Vegas Summer League.

There are 24 teams playing this summer, and there will be a grand total of 67 games. That's a lot more than the four teams and six games that we enjoyed in Salt Lake City. Yesterday was the first day of the round-robin section, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Milwaukee bucks, the Toronto Raptors beat the Sacramento Kings, the Denver Nuggets beat the Atlanta Hawks, the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Lakers, the Houston Rockets beat a team called the NBA D-League Select, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Each team (and 23 of 30 NBA teams are participating) will end up playing three games, and then the overall record, head to head record, point differential, and quarter points will determine the seeding for the tournament. And it's a single elimination tournament that will start on July 15th, and go on till a single champion is left standing on July 20th. Last season the Jazz got bounced in the first round. We were hoping for the team to advance farther this time around.

Standing in the Jazz' way are the following teams:

Day Date Opponent Time Location TV
1 Friday 7 July 10 2015
2 Saturday 7 July 11 2015 Miami Heat vs Utah Jazz 8:30 pm MT Thomas & Mack NBA TV
3 Sunday 7 July 12 2015
4 Monday 7 July 13 2015 Minnesota Timberwolves vs Utah Jazz 8:30 pm MT Thomas & Mack NBA TV
5 Tuesday 7 July 14 2015 Phoenix Suns vs Utah Jazz 5:40 pm MT Thomas & Mack NBA TV

If Utah can go 3-0 here it will go a long way towards helping our squad advance. How likely is that? At this stage a lot of it falls to the competition.

Miami Heat Minnesota Timberwolves Phoenix Suns
"Name" Rookie: Rnd # Draft Team "Name" Rookie: Rnd # Draft Team "Name" Rookie: Rnd # Draft Team
1 Justise Winslow 1 10 2015 MIA 1 Karl-Anthony Towns 1 1 2015 MIN 1 Devin Booker 1 13 2015 PHX
Drafted NBA: Drafted NBA: Drafted NBA:
2 Shabazz Napier 1 24 2014 CHA 2 Zach LaVine 1 13 2014 MIN 2 Alex Len 1 5 2013 PHX
3 Hassan Whiteside 2 33 2010 SAC 3 Lorenzo Brown 2 52 2013 MIN 3 T.J. Warren 1 14 2014 PHX
4 Henry Walker 2 47 2008 WAS 4 Adreian Payne 1 15 2014 ATL 4 Archie Goodwin 1 29 2013 OKC
5 James Ennis 2 50 2013 ATL 5 Justin Harper 2 32 2011 CLE
6 Josh Harrellson 2 45 2011 NOP
7 Alec Brown 2 50 2014 PHX
8 Luke Harangody 2 52 2010 BOS
Undrafted NBA: Undrafted NBA: Undrafted NBA:
6 Tyler Johnson 1415 5 Brady Heslip 1415 9 Jerel McNeal 1415
7 Willie Reed 1415 6 Othyus Jeffers 1314
8 Zoran Dragic 1415
Other: Other: Other:
9 Bradford Burgess 7 C.J. Williams 10 Justin Carter
10 Gabriel Olaseni 8 Ivan Aska 11 Mike James
11 Greg Whittington 9 Jordan Morgan 12 Mickey McConnell
12 Josh Richardson 10 Kyle Karone
13 Joshua Smith 11 Nick Wiggins
14 Juwan Howard Jr. 12 Sam Thompson
15 Kenny Gabriel 13 Tyler Stone
16 Rodney McGruder 14 Tyus Jones
17 Seth Tuttle
18 Travis Trice
19 Tyler Kalinoski

The above table is completed with the worst of my abilities, so some guys may be in the wrong category -- I had no idea that Rodney McGruder was a pro, but the macro seems to think so. Anyway, the Wolves played already and beat the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat and Suns haven't played yet. The Heat and Wolves both have immediate impact players on them. (Also, of note, Nick Wiggins, previously of the Utah SL team is now on the same team as his brother.) The Suns have a lot of drafted talent. For Jazz fans you'll see a number of players we worked out on these two teams; furthermore, even some guys who were on our team (Jeffers, McNeal)! But the main question is: can we beat these teams?

There are some changes from the Jazz SL team and the Vegas SL team. And it's more than just Nick Wiggins. Over the last few days the team has also lost Jerry Evans. Oh well. The team still boasts "Name" rookie Trey Lyles. And there are a number of drafted players on the roster: Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Jared Cunningham, JaJuan Johnson, Grant Jerrett, and Olivier Hanlan. Of course, right now Dante Exum is hurt and not likely to be playing. Rodney Hood is hurt, but will probably play. And Grant Jerrett is hurt and probably shut down for a while. Of course, the Jazz have a bunch of undrafted NBA players to rely on in Bryce Cotton, Chris Johnson, and Jack Cooley. And rounding out the roster are Brock Motum, J.J. O'Brien, Jesse Morgan, Nick Russell, and Wesley Saunders.

So, is this team going to be able to compete? If our guys were at full strength, of course. If our team included guys like 2nd year player Joe Ingles, and rookies Raul Neto and Tibor Pleiss? We'd be talking about a championship. But it's all good. The Jazz will have Neto down there, but to practice with the vets (who are also going down to have summer practices). That means that the Jazz, who have the most data on all of this, already see Neto as being way ahead of Cotton and the rest of the PG hopefuls. That's actually better news than the potential news of him playing in Vegas. Sure, we don't get to see him -- but we get to know that he's for reals. (Ba-la-ke)

I think our guys can beat almost any team in this tournament over the course of a 40 minute game. Miami has strong PG, SF, and C play from their NBA guys, but they aren't the Showtime Lakers or anything. The Timberwolves have a big name as a rookie center. We've already beaten Jahlil Okafor. Beating Towns is obviously the next obstacle on the list. Phoenix is the team that I can't get a read on. Apparently Alex Len has finally learned how to play basketball. That's a huge question mark.

So I know we can beat the Wolves, even if Zach is a Jazz-killer.

I believe that our guys can hang with the Heat.

We're either going to kill the Suns, or get killed by them.

Going 2-1 in these first three games, and hopefully by playing defense, will help the team get a solid seed in the tournament. The top 8 seeds get a 1st round bye. I don't think we'll go Top 8, but I could be wrong.

Games start tonight for the Jazz. Come back for the game thread!