As usual, the Pacers will play in the Orlando summer league again this offseason. They will play five games over seven days, competing against the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlanto Magic, and Philadelphia 76ers.
Their first game is against the Nets in Saturday, July 5, at 9:00 am (EST). You can see the full schedule here.
But before the games begin, the team will hold two-a-day practices all this week in their summer rookie and free agent camp.
Here is a list if the 16 players who will attend, though the final summer league roster may not include them all.
The first four should be familiar to all: Three Pacers and an RMJ.
Lavoy Allen is a free agent who Larry Bird said he would like to retain. Given that he’ll be playing for Indy on Summer League, it seems like he wants to be back, too, and those two factors aligning could spell the end of Luis Scola’s time in Indiana. (See here for why.)
- Solomon Hill
- Donald Sloan
- Lavoy Allen
- Roger Mason, Jr.
To fill out the rest of the roster, the Pacers will be leaning heavily on guys with D-League experience.
Nobody showed the potential of D-Leaguers more than Troy Daniels did for the Rockets in the playoffs. And it seems like there is another impact player every year who is called up.
Given the Pacers cap situation, they need all the production they can get on the cheap, so it is encouraging to see them diving in for Summer League.
- Dee Bost (Idaho Stampede)
- Jackie Carmichael (Iowa Energy)
- Frank Gaines (Maine Red Claws)
- DeQuan Jones (Reno Bighorns)
- C.J. Leslie (Idaho Stampede)
- Arinze Onuako (Canton Charge)
- Sadiel Rojas (Mad Ants)
There are also these two guys. I’ve never heard of either one but theu reportedly both have some professional experience, with the 76ers and in the Philippines, respectively.
- Kevin Jones
- James Nunnally
Then there are the three NCAA invites, including the obligatory dude who played college ball in Indiana.
- Eric Atkins (Notre Dame)
- Jake Odum (Indiana State)
- Tyler Stone (Missouri State)
Other than the NBA guys, I can’t claim to know much about these folks. And some of them may not be around much longer.
But we will get to see what they’re made of starting next weekend.