Five former Michigan State players dressing in the NBA summer league
It’s time to get your summer basketball fix.
The NBA Summer League is officially underway and in full swing this week with action beginning in Utah and Las Vegas.
Among the players preparing are five former Michigan State players. The list includes the Spartans rookie in last month’s NBA draft, two undrafted free agents and two NBA veterans looking to hang on to new teams.
Here’s who each player will dress for and how to catch them:
Max Christie, Los Angeles Lakers
Christie launched his NBA Summer League early with the Lakers in the California Summer League. In his summer league opener on July 2, the team’s second-round pick in last month’s NBA draft shot 2 for 11 for five points but had nine rebounds for 23. minutes. In his team’s second game, Christie went 3 for 7 for eight points with six rebounds in 21 minutes. The Lakers wrap up California’s Summer League on Tuesday against the Kings (5:30 p.m. ET, NBATV).
The Lakers will also participate in the Las Vegas Summer League, with Game 1 Friday, July 8 against the Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
Marcus Bingham Jr., Dallas Mavericks
Bingham joined the Mavericks as an undrafted free agent last month and will now have four Summer Championship games to show off. The first of those games is July 8 against the Bulls (4 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
Gabe Brown, Oklahoma City Thunder
Brown went to Oklahoma City as an undrafted free agent shortly after the conclusion of last month’s NBA draft and will now be able to compete for the team in two different summer leagues. The Thunder open summer league play in Salt Lake City on Tuesday against the Jazz (9 p.m. ET, ESPN), then move on to summer league Las Vegas later this week.
Aaron Henry, Cleveland Cavaliers
After spending part of last season with the Philadelphia 76ers and making the G-League Finals with the Delaware Blue Coats, Henry is back in the summer league with a new team. The Cavaliers open summer league play in Las Vegas on Friday (5 p.m., NBATV).
Cassius Winston, Philadelphia 76ers
After two seasons with the Washington Wizards organization during which he played in 29 NBA games and 12 G-League games last season, Winston is moving to his second NBA franchise. He will make his 76ers debut on Saturday in the Las Vegas opener against the Raptors (3:30 p.m., NBATV).