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2018 NBA Summer League Game 1: Hawks vs. Grizzlies preview

Summer League comes early this year.

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The Atlanta Hawks participate in a sanctioned NBA basketball game this evening and, even if it feels too early for that to be the case, the Utah Summer League obliges with some on-court action to monitor on Tuesday. In the opener, the Hawks take on Jaren Jackson Jr., Jevon Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies in what should be a fun contest and, for good measure, it doubles as the first NBA Summer League anywhere in 2018.

Our full Summer League coverage can be found here, featuring a breakdown of a few perimeter options to keep a close eye on and even some pre-summer scouting of Hawks rookie Trae Young. In this match-up, though, Young will have a tough battle on the horizon with a defense-first guard in Carter and Atlanta will also get a close, personal look at a player they passed on in Jackson Jr.

Before leaving for Salt Lake City, the Hawks deployed a “starting lineup” (in a scrimmage) that included Young, Tyler Dorsey, Antonius Cleveland, Omari Spellman and John Collins and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see that unit see extensive time. Beyond that, Atlanta will want to closely evaluate Jaylen Adams and Jaylen Morris, as well as a collection of non-roster invitees that could see action in this spot.

Unfortunately, Hawks fans won’t get their first look at No. 19 pick Kevin Huerter until training camp, as the Maryland wing will miss Summer League with injury. In addition, DeAndre’ Bembry will also be absent, as he recovers from a fractured wrist suffered in mid-April. Fortunately, this will be the “debut” of new head coach Lloyd Pierce on the sideline and, of course, it is always fun to enjoy the work of youngsters like Spellman, Young and Collins.

Stay tuned throughout the afternoon/evening and join us in discussing the action, while (of course) being cordial to one another.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Monday, July 2, 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena


Streaming: ESPN3