Utah Summer League

Sixers Summer League games to air live on TCN

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Sixers Summer League games to air live on TCN

CSN Philadelphia and TCN deliver fans the most comprehensive Sixers’ coverage with two live Summer League broadcasts, and reports in SportsNet CentralPhilly Sports Talk, CSNPhilly.com and on social media platforms.
 
Summer League games
TCN will air two Sixers Summer League games on July 3 and July 5 from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Markelle Fultz, who was the first overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2017 NBA Draft, is expected to play in the Utah Summer League. Fellow draft additions Jonah Bolden (the 36th overall pick) and Mathias Lessort (50th overall) are also scheduled to play alongside returning Sixers Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Alex Poythress.
 
The Sixers' Summer League game broadcast schedule is as follows:

Sixers vs. Celtics

Live: Monday, July 3 at 7 p.m. on TCN
Replay: Tuesday, July 4 at 11 a.m. on CSN

Sixers vs. Utah

Live: Wednesday, July 5 at 9 p.m. on TCN
Replay: Thursday, July 6 at 11 a.m. on CSN
 
Amy Fadool and Marc Zumoff will provide commentary during Monday’s game from the CSN Philadelphia studio.
 
Games are available via live stream through the NBC Sports App or through CSNPhilly.com. Additionally, all games will be made available on Comcast’s Xfinity Video-On-Demand platform.
 
Fans can get a complete recap of the games and other Sixers activity on CSN, CSNPhilly.com and on social media handles @CSNPhilly.
 
Zumoff sat down with Fultz to talk about his rise to becoming the #1 pick, his love of cooking, and his dream to be an accountant.  Click here to listen to the latest “Zoo’s View” podcast. 

Sixers to compete in Utah and Las Vegas summer leagues

Sixers to compete in Utah and Las Vegas summer leagues

Clear your calendars for July. The Sixers will participate in summer league competition in both Utah and Las Vegas.

The Sixers, Celtics, Spurs and Jazz will play in the Utah Summer League July 3, 5, 6. Games will not be played on July 4. All games are in Mountain Time.

July 3
5 p.m.: Celtics vs. Sixers
7 p.m.: Spurs vs. Jazz

July 5                
5 p.m.: Celtics vs. Spurs
7 p.m.: Sixers vs. Jazz

July 6
5 p.m.: Sixers vs. Spurs
7 p.m.: Celtics vs. Jazz

From Utah, the Sixers will travel to Las Vegas. They will be joined by the Rockets, Spurs, Warriors, Bulls, Suns, Nets, Raptors, Wizards, Celtics, Nuggets, Heat, Jazz, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Trail Blazers, Kings, Hawks, Timberwolves, Bucks, Lakers, Clippers and Pelicans.

Sixty-seven games will be held over 11 days in a tournament-style format, July 7-17. Every team will play at least five games, including three before tournament matchups are set. The title game will be held July 17.

The schedule for the Las Vegas summer league will be announced at a later date.

Former Philadelphia college stars chasing NBA dreams in San Antonio

Former Philadelphia college stars chasing NBA dreams in San Antonio

SALT LAKE CITY – Beating the odds to make an NBA roster is never easy for an undrafted player. Without the luxury of a guaranteed rookie contract, undrafted prospects have to turn heads in summer league play to even get an invite to an NBA team's fall camp.

Former Villanova standout Ryan Arcidiacono and former Temple stars Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey are banking on a summer league stint with the San Antonio Spurs turning into a launching pad for an NBA career. They are playing with the Spurs in both Utah and Las Vegas this month.

Each player has a goal of proving their skills can translate to basketball's highest level after getting overlooked by scouts and general managers when they first came out of college.

“I feel like I belong here,” Arcidiacono said. “Even though I was not drafted, I still feel like I can play.”

What Arcidiacono did at Villanova certainly offers a good template in building a successful pro career. He became the first player in Wildcats history to record more than 1,500 career points and 500 career assists. Arcidiacono ranks fourth all-time at Villanova with 535 assists and finished with 1,604 points.

With him at the controls, Villanova posted a 35-5 record this past season and earned its second national championship in school history. Arcidiacono was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 Final Four.

“I don't think you count a kid like that out,” Spurs summer league coach Will Hardy said. “He started four years at Villanova. Obviously, had a great career there and won a national championship. So, yeah, I wouldn't count him out.”

Arcidiacono averaged 1.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals in 22.7 minutes per game in Utah this week. Hardy praised his effort on the defensive end and his ability to put teammates in good positions on offense.

Solid and gritty play has brought Arcidiacono to this point and he is counting on that same formula to earn him a chance in the NBA.

“I just have to keep doing what I did in college,” Arcidiacono said. “That's what got me to this point. If I tried to change everything, I'd be giving myself a worse chance of making a team. My best chance of making a team is to keep doing what I did in college: be a leader, be very vocal, play solid defense, find people and be able to make open shots.”

Players like Cummings bring a different perspective to summer league basketball. The former Temple guard spent last season in the NBA D-League, playing in 49 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He made the most of his opportunities at that level. Cummings averaged 20.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 36.3 minutes per game for the Vipers. He was selected to both the All-NBA D-League Second Team and the NBA D-League All-Rookie Team at season's end.

“I already knew I wasn't going to get drafted,” Cummings said. “I was already mentally ready to go through what I was going to go through. I already knew what I had to do to prepare myself and get better and have the season I had in the D-League.”

One year of pro experience also has Cummings feeling confident he can now take the next step up to the NBA. In Utah, Cummings averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 15.7 minutes per contest for the Spurs.

He feels a difference in his overall skills and his confidence level from this time a year ago.

“I have a better understanding for the pro game,” Cummings said. “Just having that year under your belt helps you coming out. You're more calm. You're more relaxed. You kind of know what to expect.”