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Las Vegas Summer League guide: Fox-Ball matchup on the schedule

Markelle Fultz is flanked by De'Aaron Fox, right, and Lonzo Ball during a group photo session before the start of the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
Markelle Fultz is flanked by De'Aaron Fox, right, and Lonzo Ball during a group photo session before the start of the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Philadelphia Daily News/TNS

A 24-team field full of former University of Kentucky players starts play Friday in the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas.

That includes the summer league debut of De’Aaron Fox, who was drafted fifth overall by the Kings.

Sacramento, which also has ex-Cats Skal Labissiere and Dominique Hawkins on its summer roster, opens Friday night against the Phoenix Suns and also plays the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

But it is the Kings’ third game, against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, that could be the most intriguing if both teams don’t decide to rest their star players.

Fox could be matched up against former UCLA star Lonzo Ball, who was the second overall pick in June’s draft.

Ball was selected earlier despite Fox’s 39-point star-turn against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.

The Kings, meanwhile, have eight players from their anticipated regular-season squad playing in Las Vegas.

“That’s crazy,” Fox told The Sacramento Bee after Monday afternoon’s practice. “It just shows how young we are but the game is faster, a lot more physical. Something I feel I’ll get used to over time.”

Summer league results usually mean nothing, but with eight players from next season’s roster, it would be encouraging to see some success on the court. The Kings are especially interested in how the second-year players look and expect them to show progression.

“We’re definitely trying to win every game that we go out there and play in,” Labissiere said. “But it’s all about us getting comfortable for next year.”

▪  The New Orleans Pelicans’ summer roster includes James Young, who spent the past three seasons with the Boston Celtics.

He’ll be auditioning for a role as an outside shooter in an offense expected to be dominated by former Kentucky big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

But making New Orleans’ roster in that fashion was made a bit tougher after reports Wednesday had the Pelicans agreeing to a free-agent deal with ex-Cat Darius Miller.

▪  Recent Cats Isaac Humphries and Mychal Mulder will be making their NBA summer league debuts with the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors, respectively.

▪  Kyle Wiljter, who was recently traded from the Houston Rockets, will be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kentuckians in Vegas

Brooklyn Nets: Archie Goodwin (UK)

Chicago Bulls: Cameron Payne (Murray State)

Houston Rockets: Chinanu Onuaku (Louisville)

Los Angeles Clippers: Kyle Wiltjer (UK)

Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo (UK)

New Orleans Pelicans: James Young (UK)

Philadelphia 76ers: Las Vegas roster not yet announced. Alex Poythress (UK), Aaron Harrison (UK) and Isaiah Briscoe (UK) played for the Sixers in the Utah Summer League.

Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ulis (on roster but not playing after minor ankle surgery in May)

Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox (UK), Skal Labissiere (UK) and Dominique Hawkins (Madison Central, UK)

Toronto Raptors: Mychal Mulder (UK)

Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell (Louisville)

Washington Wizards: Isaac Humphries (UK)

Rosters without players with Kentucky ties: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs

Las Vegas Summer League schedule

All times Eastern

Friday, July 7

Cox Pavilion

6 p.m. – Toronto vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

8 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Atlanta (NBA TV)

10 p.m. – Houston vs. Denver (NBA TV)

Thomas & Mack

6:30 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Cleveland (ESPN2)

8:30 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

10:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Sacramento (ESPN2)

Saturday, July 8

Cox Pavilion

4 p.m. – Washington vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

6 p.m. – Portland vs. Utah (ESPNU)

8 p.m. – Miami vs. San Antonio (ESPNU)

10 p.m. – Houston vs. Cleveland (ESPNU)

Thomas & Mack

4:30 p.m. – Dallas vs. Chicago (NBA TV)

6:30 p.m. – Toronto vs. Minnesota (NBA TV)

8:30 p.m. – Boston vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

10:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Golden State (ESPN2)

Sunday, July 9

Cox Pavilion

4 p.m. – Atlanta vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

6 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn (NBA TV)

8 p.m. – Utah vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV)

10 p.m. – Memphis vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Thomas & Mack

4:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Dallas (ESPN)

6:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. Denver (ESPN2)

8:30 p.m. – Portland vs. Boston (ESPN2)

10:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. San Antonio (ESPN2)

Monday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

4 p.m. – Atlanta vs. Chicago (ESPNU)

6 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. New Orleans (ESPNU)

8 p.m. – Denver vs. Toronto (ESPNU)

10 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. Milwaukee (ESPN2)

Thomas & Mack

4:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Washington (NBA TV)

6:30 p.m. – Houston vs. Phoenix (NBA TV)

8:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Cleveland (NBA TV)

10:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Tuesday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

4 p.m. – San Antonio vs. Portland (NBA TV)

6 p.m. – Chicago vs. Washington (NBA TV)

8 p.m. – Miami vs. Dallas (NBA TV)

Thomas & Mack

4:30 p.m. – Utah vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

6:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Boston (ESPN2)

8:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Minnesota (ESPN2)

Wednesday, July 12

Seeds 9-24 will play in 8 games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Thomas & Mack: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 13

Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 13th games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Thomas & Mack: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14

Losers from games on July 13th and July 14th will play at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (ESPN Family of Networks)

Thomas & Mack: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, July 15 - Quarterfinals

Winners from games on July 14th will play at the below times:

Thomas & Mack: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (ESPN2/ ESPNU)

Sunday, July 16 - Semifinals

Winners from games on July 16th will play at the below times:

Thomas & Mack: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, July 17 – Championship

Winners from games on July 17 will play at the below time:

Thomas & Mack: 10 p.m. (ESPN)

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