The New Orleans Pelicans have the privilege of appearing in the first game on the schedule of the Las Vegas edition of the 2017 NBA Summer League. Their opponent will be the Toronto Raptors and the game should start approximately at 5 pm central. It will air live on NBA tv.
Although recent draft pick Frank Jackson will not play, there will be plenty of other things to monitor. First, Cheick Diallo is expected to lead New Orleans and it will be interesting to watch how much his game has improved in a year’s time. Next, Quinn Cook and Axel Toupane will be looking to give Dell Demps plenty of reasons to guarantee their contracts for next season while James Young, formerly with the Boston Celtics, will seek a new NBA deal. DeMarcus Cousins brother, Jaleel, Peter Jok, a fantastic collegiate shooter with a great story, and a number of other lesser known names will all be competing hard, likely looking to earn one of the team’s two new two-way contracts.
Below is a list of the full roster. Although Jordan Crawford worked with the group all week in practice, he is not expected to play.
In addition to taking notes on individuals themselves, be sure to pay attention to the sets, strategies and plays run by New Orleans. Jamelle McMillan, the head coach of this summer league squad, mentioned yesterday that he was able to install a lot of things because of the high aptitude of this group. With Chris Finch recently joining the coaching ranks, don’t be surprised to see the Pelicans try several things that they may look to implement for next season.