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2018 NBA Summer League: Wizards vs. Clippers TV and live stream, what to watch

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2018 NBA Summer League: Wizards vs. Clippers TV and live stream, what to watch

First round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and the Washington Wizards take on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on Wednesday afternoon. Here is everything you need to know...

2018 SUMMER LEAGUE: WIZARDS VS. CLIPPERS

When: July 11, 4 p.m.
Where: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
TV: ESPNU
Live stream: WatchESPN.com

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G/F Troy Brown, Jr., Oregon, 6
C Thomas Bryant, Lakers, 13
G Sam Cassell, Jr., Halcones, 19
G Chris Chiozza, Florida, 33
F Carrick Felix, Melbourne United, 21
G Phil Goss, PAOK BC, 15
G Aaron Harrison, Mavericks, 42
C Alan Herndon, Wyoming, 40
G Tiwian Kendley, Morgan State, 35
C Doral Moore, Wake Forest, 24
F Ajdin Penava, Marshall, 17
F Devin Robinson, Wizards, 7
G Jalen Ross, KK Studen Mostar, 34
G Issuf Sanon, Olimpija Ljubjana, 44
G Philip Scrubb, Skyliners Frankfurt, 32
F Heng YiFeng, Guangzhou Long-Lions, 51

(position/name/last team/jersey number)

What to watch: After three regular season games for the Wizards, it's playoff time and in the first round they have drawn an interesting matchup. With Brown, the 15th pick, plus Clippers guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (11th) and Jerome Robinson (13th), this game will feature three of the top 15 picks in last month's draft.

Like in the last three games when he faced off with Lonnie Walker IV and Zhaire Smith, this game will give Brown an opportunity to shine against players within his range in the draft. So far Brown has gotten the better of his fellow first rounders. If he outshines the Clippers' duo, it would be very impressive.

Robinson has been a revelation so far in the Summer League, throwing down vicious dunks and flashing a developing outside shot. He should have a good opportunity to keep it going today against a Clippers team that is guard-heavy.

Also, keep an eye out for Bryant and his ability to protect the rim. Both Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson have proven pretty good at attacking the basket and Bryant will be tasked with stopping them from finishing.

It would also be interesting to see Sanon match up with Gilgeous-Alexander at some point. Though he is far away from Gilgeous-Alexander's skill level, it would be a good barometer for where he is at athletically at the Summer League level.

Clippers

F Bogdan Bliznyuk, Eastern Washington, 27
C Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, 26
G Jawun Evans, Oklahoma St., 1
G Shai Gilgious-Alexander, Kentucky, 2
F Tyler Harris, Providence, 28
F Vince Hunter, UTEP, 37
F Grant Jerrett, Arizona, 46
F Jaylen Johnson, Louisville, 47
G Jordan Mathews, Gonzaga, 16
G David Michineau, France, 17
G Jerome Robinson, Boston College, 13
F Desi Rodriguez, Seton Hall, 19
G Sindarious Thornwell, South Carolina, 0
F Reggie Upshaw, Middle Tenn. State, 36
G Thomas Wimbush, Fairmont State, 18

What to watch: Gilgeous-Alexander has been very impressive so far in the Summer League with few who can stop him from getting to the rim. He is deft off the dribble, has a quick first step and long strides at 6-foot-6. He has been one of the standouts in a rookie class that has faired quite well overall in Vegas.

Robinson worked out for the Wizards and is a very confident player. He has a smooth stroke from three and can get hot if allowed to get into a rhythm. It would make sense if the Wizards had Brown guard him and if he does, it will be a good test of where he's at defensively. Hopefully we get to see Brown guard both Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson at some point. 

Thornwell is another name to watch. He was a second round pick last summer and has shown promise in his second year in the Summer League as a tough defender and aggressive offensive player.

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NBA offseason grades: Thunder stood out in Northwest Division

Here is a look at how the 2018 NBA offseason went for teams in the Northwest Division...

Portland Trail Blazers, C+

2017-18 finish: 49-33, 1st round of playoffs
In: G Seth Curry, G Nik Stauskas, G Anfernee Simons, G Gary Trent, Jr.
Out: F Ed Davis, G Pat Connaughton, G Shabazz Napier

The Blazers are about as cash-strapped as anyone out there, so they had very little room to work with in free agency. They made some minor moves but nothing of real note. They had a solid draft, but picked Simons who is a long-term project. And they had to let some decent players go in free agency. The best thing that happened to the Blazers this summer was re-signing Jusuf Nurkic. Other than that, it was a pretty mediocre offseason for Portland.

Oklahoma City Thunder, A

2017-18 finish: 48-34, 1st round of playoffs
In: G Dennis Schroeder, C Nerlens Noel, G Hamidou Diallo
Out: F Carmelo Anthony

GM Sam Presti deserves high praise for another strong offseason. Most of the acclaim comes from the Thunder re-signing Paul George despite the assumption of many he would leave in free agency. But OKC also snagged Noel on a cheap deal, adding more athleticism and depth behind center Steven Adams. And they got Schroeder back in the deal for Anthony when they could have shed his salary for nothing in return. They also added three second round picks, including Diallo who looked good in the Summer League. It's hard to imagine the Thunder doing better than they did, given the financial resources they were working with.

Utah Jazz, B

2017-18 finish: 48-34, 2nd round of playoffs
In: G Grayson Allen, F Tyler Cavanaugh
Out: F Jonas Jerebko

The Jazz get most of their points from re-signing players like Dante Exum, Raul Neto and Derrick Favors. Though the price tag for Favors is a little high, they did a nice job of bringing the band back together, knowing they have an opportunity to get better this season simply by having Rudy Gobert stay healthy. The Allen pick has potential to work out very well for them. He looked good in the Summer League and should complement Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio well at the guard position. All in all, there was nothing flashy for the Jazz but they made some solid, smart decisions.

Minnesota Timberwolves, C

2017-18 finish: 47-35, 1st round of playoffs
In: F Anthony Tolliver, G Josh Okogie, F Keita Bates-Diop
Out: F Nemanja Bjelica

The Wolves have enough salary committed to where they could only do so much this summer. Tolliver is a nice pickup and should add shooting to their frontcourt. Bates-Diop gives them nice value as a second round pick. It would have been nice to see the Wolves change something via trade, but they have reason to believe they can get better if Karl-Anthony Towns continues to ascend and Andrew Wiggins reclaims his form as a scorer.

Denver Nuggets, B+

2017-18 finish: 46-36, missed playoffs
In: G Isaiah Thomas, F Michael Porter, Jr. 
Out: F Wilson Chandler, G Devin Harris

The Nuggets had a solid offseason just as they get ready to make a big leap forward as a franchise. They re-signed Nikola Jokic to a long-term deal, added Thomas on a low-risk contract and took a chance on Porter in the draft. They lost Chandler in a salary dump, but have the tools to win 50-plus games next season. Thomas could be a big difference maker if healthy and Porter gives them another building block for the future. If he can get past his back injury, he will fit in nicely with their young core.

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NBA offseason grades: LeBron James leaving changes everything in Central Division

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Here is a look at how the 2018 NBA offseason went for teams in the Central Division...

Cleveland Cavaliers, C

2017-18 finish: 50-32, lost in NBA Finals
In: G Collin Sexton, F Channing Frye, F Sam Dekker
Out: F LeBron James, F Jeff Green, G Jose Calderon

Technically, the Cavaliers had the worst offseason of any team in the NBA simply because they lost James in free agency, but overall they did quite nicely for themselves as they prepare to enter a new era as a franchise. Sexton seems like a solid first round pick and gives them a nice young piece to build around. They also signed All-Star Kevin Love to a contract extension. Cleveland should have enough to remain competitive, at least for the back-end of the playoffs, but they need to clear some salary to justify the step back they are about to take.

Indiana Pacers, B+

2017-18 finish: 48-34, 1st round of playoffs
In: G Tyreke Evans, G Aaron Holiday, F Doug McDermott, F Kyle O'Quinn
Out: G Lance Stephenson, F Glenn Robinson III, F Trevor Booker

There was nothing flashy about the Pacers' offseason, but they did a good job adding talent and depth. Evans on a one-year, $12 million deal is almost certain to work out well for them. McDermott should add shooting and O'Quinn is an underrated big man. And Holiday, their first round pick, is an intriguing young guard who could help on both ends of the floor. Indiana may not have enough to join the top teams in the conference, but they should be set up to recreate the success they had last year.

Milwaukee Bucks, B

2017-18 finish: 44-38, 1st round of playoffs
In: C Brook Lopez, F Ersan Ilyasova, G Pat Connaughton, G Donte DiVincenzo
Out: F Jabari Parker, G Jason Terry

The Bucks didn't have a whole lot to play with in terms of money in free agency or trade assets, and they let Parker go, so it wasn't a great summer for Milwaukee. They did, however make some smart moves in acquiring Lopez and Ilyasova for reasonable prices. The reason they got a 'B' has a lot to do with their decision to hire Mike Budenholzer as head coach. Beyond young guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo getting better, Budenholzer offers the Bucks their best chance to improve year-over-year.

Detroit Pistons, C+

2017-18 finish: 39-43, missed playoffs
In: G Kyhri Thomas, C Zaza Pachulia, F Glenn Robinson III, G Jose Calderon
Out: F Anthony Tolliver, F James Ennis III

It was another low-key offseason for the Pistons, who didn't have much money to spend in free agency and didn't make any major trades. Their biggest acquisition was through the draft with Thomas, a guy who offers intrigue on both ends of the floor. They get a decent grade, however, because of the move to hire Dwane Casey as head coach. If it weren't for that, their grade would be very low.

Chicago Bulls, B+

2017-18 finish: 27-55, missed playoffs
In: F Jabari Parker, F Wendell Carter, Jr., F Chandler Hutchison
Out: F Noah Vonleh

The Bulls had arguably one of the better offseasons in the East. They got Parker on a bargain and brought in two nice young players as first round picks in Carter and Hutchison. Carter was particularly impressive in the Summer League and could form a nice combination with Lauri Markkanen, who looks like a future All-Star. The Bulls might be one draft away from having the necessary pieces to start ascending into the next stage of their rebuild. They just keep chugging along with smart moves.

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