Locals in NBA Summer League: BYU’s Elijah Bryant earns chance with 76ers, Utah’s Tyler Rawson with Magic

Locals in NBA Summer League: BYU’s Elijah Bryant earns chance with 76ers, Utah’s Tyler Rawson with Magic

As many as six players with Utah ties are expected to get their shot to make an impression with a pro team during the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which begins Friday.

Summer league rosters are still subject to change before the tournament, and as of Wednesday night, one NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, has yet to announce theirs. That leaves the door open for other Utah ties to be playing in Las Vegas or for those already announced to miss out.

Among rookies, former BYU guard Elijah Bryant was named the Philadelphia 76ers’ 17-man summer league minicamp roster, while former Utah forward Tyler Rawson is a part of the Orlando Magic roster for the Vegas tournament.

This will be the first time that all 30 NBA teams will be represented in the Las Vegas summer league tournament, which runs July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on UNLV’s campus. Each team will play three games before tournament-style play begins July 11, culminating in a championship game July 17.

Here’s a look at each of the locals and their team’s schedule:

Elijah Bryant, Philadelphia 76ers

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Brigham Young Cougars guard Elijah Bryant drives with St. Mary's Gaels forward Calvin Hermanson defending during the West Coast Conference basketball tournament in Las Vegas on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Utah tie: BYU

Bryant elected to turn pro after his junior season with the Cougars. He averaged a team-leading 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game last year for BYU while earning All-West Coast Conference first-team honors. He also shot 49.4 percent from the field, a team-best 41.5 percent from 3-point range and had 44 steals.

Among the other shooting guards Bryant will have to contend for opportunities with on the 76ers’ summer league roster are a pair of 2018 NBA draft first-round picks. They include Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith, who the team acquired in a draft-night trade with Phoenix, and Wichita State’s Landry Shamet. Second-year 76ers player Furkan Kormaz will also be there.

July 6: Philadelphia vs. Boston, 5:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN)

July 7: Philadelphia vs. L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)

July 9: Philadelphia vs. Washington, 3:30 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)

Tyler Rawson, Orlando Magic

Spenser Heaps

Tyler Rawson talks to journalists during a Utah Jazz workout at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Utah tie: Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Southern Utah, American Fork High

Rawson finished his college career with his best year in 2017-18, when he averaged 10.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He also led the Utes in blocks with 32.

Rawson, a 6-foot-10 power forward, will be searching for playing time along with several big men, including Jonathan Isaac, the Magic’s No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Other big men on the Orlando roster include Mohamed Bamba, the 7-foot center from Texas who the Magic took sixth overall in this year’s draft, and Khem Birch, a fifth-year pro who signed with Orlando last year.

July 6: Orlando vs. Brooklyn, 3 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)

July 7: Orlando vs. Memphis, 7:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)

July 9: Orlando vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)

Kyle Collinsworth, Dallas Mavericks

David Zalubowski

Dallas Mavericks guard Kyle Collinsworth (8) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 91-89. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah tie: BYU, Provo High

Collinsworth was a late addition to the Mavericks Summer League roster, according to team digital content producer Bobby Karalla. The third-year pro played for Dallas in summer league in 2016, helping him land with the Texas Legends of the NBA’s development league.

Last year, Collinsworth got his chance at playing in the NBA, signing a two-way contract with Dallas in December. He played in 32 games for the Mavericks, starting two, and averaged 3.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

July 6: Dallas vs. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN)

July 8: Dallas vs. Milwaukee, 5 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)

July 9: Dallas vs. Golden State, 5:30 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)

Frank Jackson, New Orleans Pelicans

Adam Fondren

Due to foot surgery New Orleans rookie Frank Jackson isn't dressed for the game against Utah at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

Utah tie: Lone Peak High

Jackson missed his rookie NBA season last year, including summer league play, with a right foot injury. He played one season at Duke before going pro and was the first pick of the second round in the 2017 NBA draft.

“He can contort his body and use the rim to finish around the basket. His jump shot is also something that’s a weapon right now, especially off the dribble. I think he has the tools to be a good defender at the NBA level,” Pelicans Director of Player Personnel David Booth told team writer Jim Eichenhofer.

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July 6: New Orleans vs. Toronto, 1:30 p.m. MDT (ESPNU)

July 7: New Orleans vs. Miami, 3 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)

July 9: New Orleans vs. Detroit, 1 p.m. MDT (ESPNU)

C.J. Wilcox, Indiana Pacers

John Raoux

Los Angeles Clippers' C.J. Wilcox takes a shot during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Utah tie: Pleasant Grove High

Wilcox originally began his pro career as a 2014 first-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers and has also played for the Orlando Magic and in the NBA’s development G League, most recently with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Wilcox signed a two-way contract with Portland last year before a knee injury hampered him. He averaged 9.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists during the 2017-18 season in G League play with the Warriors.

July 6: Indiana vs. Houston, 1 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)

July 7: Indiana vs. San Antonio, 1:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)


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July 9: Indiana vs. Cleveland, 3 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)

Caleb Swanigan, Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers forward Caleb Swanigan, right, shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The Trail Blazers won 103-93. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Utah tie: Former Salt Lake City resident

Swanigan averaged 2.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.1 blocks per game as a rookie last year after being a late first-round draft pick by Portland. He is one of five returning roster Trail Blazers players to suit up for the team’s summer league roster.

July 7: Portland vs. Utah, 1 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)

July 8: Portland vs. Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. MDT (ESPN2)

July 10: Portland vs. San Antonio, 2 p.m. MDT (NBA TV)

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Published at Thu, 05 Jul 2018 15:13:00 +0000