07/04/13 11:55 am EST
We all know after the Finals conclude and the NBA Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin late night USA Ping Pong competitions on Fox Sports are a revelation. That’s especially true in summer 2013 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.
But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off this coming weekend.
Beginning July 7th, the Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League begins and this year the League has expanded from eight to ten teams. The Sixers will be joined by Houston, Boston, Orlando, Miami, Utah, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Detroit and Brooklyn from the 7th to the 12th at the Amway center. The 76ers first game will be Sunday at 9 am vs. Houston.
This year’s 76ers draft registered a seven on the NBA rebuilding Richter scale. New GM Sam Hinkie made a tremendous splash with his first move by trading away All-Star guard Jrue Holiday for Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.
With a brand new roster that still has that new car smell, there is a lot to evaluate during this year’s OPSL. Headlining the roster is Holiday’s replacement, Syracuse guard Michael-Carter Williams and the 54th pick, Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi. Given the Sixers thin frontcourt, Kazemi has the potential to be an immediate impact player on this team. Noel, the new franchise centerpiece will not be able to play because of his knee injury, so there will be plenty of tick for Micheal Eric and Zeke Marshall, the two centers prospects on the Sixers summer league roster.
After the jump, a look at the names and bios of the players on this year’s summer league roster…