The Golden State Warriors have announced their schedule for next month’s NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which includes their final rematch with the Boston Celtics on July 12, aka Sam Houser’s Game 7. They will face the Knicks, Tottenham and Celtics. , and Thunder in the first four games, with more if the team can make the prestigious Summer League playoffs. Here are the games:
Friday, July 8: Warriors @Knicks, 5 p.m. ESPN2
Hopefully the Warriors’ summer squad will be led by James Wiseman, who has said he is “likely to play” in his first summer league, Moses Moody, and Jonathan Kominga who has said he “loves” to play in Vegas. “I feel the summer league is going to be good,” he said, adding, “I would like to do it especially if I am trying to develop, learn and improve every day.” The Knicks will likely make this No. 11 selection in this year’s draft, along with sophomores Quentin Grimes, Jericho Sims, and Miles “Deuce” McBride. Look, coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t play with these guys in the regular season, so they better spend their minutes in the desert.
Sunday, July 10: Warriors @ Spurs, 4:30 p.m. NBA TV
San Antonio has three picks in the first round of the draft this week, which should keep the summer roster well stocked. The Warriors could also face Joshua Primo, seeded 12th last year who ended up making 16 appearances for San Antonio last year, despite only turning 19 on Christmas Eve. They’ll also see second-year striker Joe Weiskamp, who fits the Spurs model of a nice white guy, except that he’s from America, and they usually go with imports. Speaking of foreign imports, if Wiseman played, he’d take with him some of the plasma injections he got in England, but you don’t have to release your platelets when you go through customs.
Tuesday, July 12: Celtics @ Warriors, 5:00 p.m. ESPN2
Finally a home game for warriors! I don’t know what the local stadiums feature means when all Summer League matches are played at the same location, but the long road trip is over! Boston didn’t have a first-round pick this year, so the only player almost guaranteed to play in the second round last year, Sam Houser. Assistant general manager Austin Inge also said the Celtics team will feature Fitts owner and Joan Morgan, as well as Broderick Thomas and Matt Ryan, who were on two-way deals last season. They will also have Israeli points guard Yam Nader and French striker Johann Bejarin in their summer squad. Meanwhile, the Warriors were far from waiting this week to decide who will play this summer. Is Chris Chiusa busy? What about Axel Toban? They might forget and start making desperate calls to Mychel Thompson and Jordan Bell over the 4th of July weekend.
Friday, July 15: Thunder @ Warriors, 4 p.m. EST
Oklahoma City is a serious opponent in Las Vegas, because for two straight years, they’ve been treating the regular season like the summer league. Some of these players have over 150 NBA demo experiences, and that’s invaluable for this desert championship. It must be downloaded. Aside from two of their first-round picks this draft and one second-tier Thunder Squad should include Tri-Man, two-way player Lindy Waters III, rookies likely Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Aaron Wiggins, Jammus Ramsay, and possibly Josh Gedi and Alexig Buko Bokosevsky. They may be tough, but it’s also possible that Sam Presti will have a tank to fill the draft spot, to get ready for the upcoming season.
There will be another game added, based on the results of the first round and the “ranking” in the supplement. The team has three very strong positions – although there is a strong chance of closing any of those players early at risk of injury.
However, winning the Summer League isn’t entirely meaningless. The Memphis Grizzlies won the Summer League title in 2019, behind Summer MVP Brandon Clarke’s performance. Ja Morant had minor knee surgery, which may have been blamed on Jordan Bull. The Warriors won their summer title in 2013 behind Summer MVP (and future 2017 NBA champion) Ian Clark, as well as a sophomore named Draymond Green. Then they won the G League title in 2015, and a few weeks later, they got their first NBA title as well.
The Warriors will also host the California Classic one week before at Chase Center, where the Sacramento Kings, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers compete in the robin over two days. On Saturday, July 2, the Warriors will play the Kings at 4:30 p.m., after the Lakers and Heat meet at 2 p.m. On Sunday, July 3, the Kings and Heat come at 2 p.m. before the Warriors play the Lakers at 4:30. While it might be boring to play royalty again, the Warriors are lucky to lose the nerdy Heat, because #HeatCulture isn’t taking summer vacation, and they don’t need Jimmy Butler yelling at a rookie.