With the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers prepared for their future and took point guard D’Angelo Russell. The front office and scouting staff fell in love with Russell’s ability to make others better and his overall offensive game.
Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown also joined the team on later picks and are looking forward to playing for the Lakers and proving their worth in the NBA. All three draftees will get their first piece of action during the NBA Summer League held in Las Vegas.
The Lakers will play in three opening games against the Minnesota Timberwolves (July 10), Philadelphia 76ers (July 11), and the New York Knicks (July 13) before partaking in a double-elimination tournament.
The Lakers also announced the team’s roster which included the three draftees and last year’s rookies in Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black, and Jabari Brown. Dwight Buycks will also appear on the team as will undrafted center Robert Ubshaw out of Washington.
Below is the full press release:
EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers announced today their roster for the 2015 Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Summer League entry is highlighted by returning Lakers Julius Randle, 2015 NBA All-Rookie First Team member Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black and Jabari Brown along with 2015 NBA Draft selections D’Angelo Russell (second overall), Larry Nance Jr. (27th overall) and Anthony Brown (34th overall). Dwight Buycks, who was signed by Los Angeles to a 10-day contract in April of last season, and undrafted rookie Robert Upshaw are also part of the squad.
The team will hold its first practice next Monday, July 6 at the Toyota Sports Center and begin Summer League play in Las Vegas with a back-to-back set of games on Friday, July 10 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Saturday, July 11 versus the Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers then follow up with a contest against the New York Knicks on Monday, July 13 before the Summer League tournament begins.
For the third consecutive year, the event will feature a tournament-style schedule, culminating in the crowning of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 Champion on Monday, July 20. Each of the participating teams will play three games apiece between July 10 and 14 before being seeded in the tournament, which tips off on July 15. Each team will play no fewer than five games.
All Lakers Summer League games will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, as well as NBA TV.
Tickets for Samsung NBA Summer League are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting NBATickets.com, or by calling 702-739-FANS.