The Sixers went 1-3 in Summer League play, but they have one more game before they return home to Philadelphia.
Friday afternoon, the team will face the Toronto Raptors in a consolation game at the MGM Resort’s Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. ESPNU will air the game, which begins at 4 p.m.
Of course, the team’s Summer Record is hardly as important as the game experience garnered by top draft pick Matisse Thybulle.
According to my colleague Keith Pompey, who covers the Sixers for the Inquirer, Thybulle’s play throughout the Summer League has offered a tantalizing glimpse into why the team traded up to grab him last month in the NBA draft.
“The first-round pick has a knack for turning an opposing team’s lackluster passes into transition baskets at the other end,” Pompey wrote. “He’s also a better shooter than draft analysts gave him credit for being.”
This year’s summer league has been a ratings’ hit for ESPN, which averaged 1.61 million viewers to last week’s matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and their top pick, Zion Williamson, and the New York Knicks (a game that was ultimately postponed due to an earthquake).
ESPN and NBA TV partnered to air all 83 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League games. ESPN will air the league’s quarterfinal and semifinal games over the weekend across their networks, and will broadcast the Summer League final on ESPN2 Monday night at 9 p.m.
2019 Sixers Summer League schedule
Friday, July 5: Sixers 107, Bucks 106
Saturday, July 6: Celtics 96, Sixers 82
Monday, July 8: Thunder 84, Sixers 81
Wednesday, July 10: Pistons 96, Sixers 81
Friday, July 12: Sixers vs. Toronto Raptors, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saturday, July 13: Consolation and quarterfinal games (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3)
Sunday, July 14: Semifinals (ESPN2)
Monday, July 15: Championship (ESPN2)
Streaming: ESPN app (requires authentication), ESPN+, FuboTV, YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, Hulu + Live TV, SlingTV (all require a subscription)
Staff writer Keith Pompey is in Las Vegas covering all the action live on Twitter. Notes and observations about the games can be found at Inquirer.com/sixers. In his latest Locked on 76ers podcast, Pompey speaks with Inquirer columnists Marcus Hayes and Mike Sielski about the team’s needs after the first few days of free agency.
ESPN will broadcast two NBA shows from Las Vegas. The network’s daily NBA show The Jump will air live from Las Vegas, hosted by Rachel Nichols alongside analysts Kendrick Perkins and Vince Carter.
Hoop Streams — the network’s pregame digital show available on Twitter, YouTube, and the ESPN app — will air live on Friday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Cassidy Hubbarth (who will also handle sideline reporting duties for two games on Friday night) will be on hand to host, joined by Perkins.
Sixers Summer League roster
Here is the Sixers’ full 14-man roster for this year’s summer league (name, age, last played for/country, years pro):
A.J. Davis, 24, Blue Coats/USA, Rookie
P.J. Dozier, 22, Celtics/USA, 2
Zach Hankins, 22, Xavier/USA, Rookie
Terry Harris, 23, North Carolina A&T/USA, Rookie
Haywood Highsmith, 22, Sixers/USA, 1
Jalen Jones, 26, Baskonia (Spain)/USA, 1
Christ Koumadje, 22, Florida State/Chad, Rookie
Sheldon Mac, 26, Wizards/USA, 1
Shake Milton, 22, Sixers/USA, 1
Norvell Pelle, 26, Blue Coats/Antigua and Barbuda, Rookie
Marial Shayok, 23, Iowa State/Canada, Rookie
Zhaire Smith, 20, Sixers/USA, 1
Deshon Taylor, 23, Fresno State/USA, Rookie
Matisse Thybulle, 22, Washington/USA, Rookie