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The Houston Rockets will take on the Orlando Magic in the NBA2K23 Summer League on Thursday night. Tip off is slated for 10 p.m. ET from Las Vegas. Coverage will be televised on ESPN.
The NBA2K23 Summer League will run from July 7-17 at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. The Rockets summer league roster features players such as Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, Josh Christopher, Usman Garuba, and Daishen Nix. The Magic summer league squad will include Paolo Banchero, Caleb Houstan, Devin Cannady, R.J. Hampton, and Justin James.
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The Rockets selected Smith Jr. with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Smith Jr. played collegiately at Auburn as a power forward and was a consensus All-American last season. Smith Jr. averaged 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 blocks in his lone season at Auburn. Smith Jr. also captured a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 in 2019.
The small forward Eason was chosen by the Rockets with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. While at LSU, Eason was the SEC Sixth Man of the Year and earned First-team All SEC honors last season. The 6-foot-7, 216-pound Eason averaged 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.9 steals during his only season at LSU.
The Rockets picked Christopher with the No. 24 overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. Christopher appeared in 74 games and made two starts last season for the Rockets. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Christopher averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.
The power forward Garuba was selected by the Rockets with the No. 23 overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-8 Spainard made 24 appearances and two starts last season. Garuba averaged 2.0 points and 3.5 rebounds.
Nix went undrafted in 2021 and captured a G League title last season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The 6-foot-4, 226-pound Alaskan native was called up for 24 appearances last season and averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 assists.
The Magic stunned the gurus and experts when they selected Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Duke product was a consensus second-team All-American and the ACC Rookie of the Year last season. Banchero averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.1 steals in his lone season at Duke. The Seattle native’s mother left the University of Washington as the program’s all-time leading scorer.
The Magic used the No. 32 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft on Houstan. The Michigan product averaged 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in his only collegiate season.
The point guard Cannady went undrafted in 2019 out of Princeton. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Cannady captured Finals MVP for the G League in 2021. Cannady has appeared in 13 games for the Magic across two seasons, averaging 6.5 points.
The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Hampton has played for the Denver Nuggets and Magic, averaging 7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in two seasons.
James, out of Wyoming, has averaged 3.2 points in 72 games for the Sacramento Kings.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.