From July 6-9, the Utah Jazz will play host to a four-team, six-game summer league that involves the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs at EnergySolutions Arena.
Entrance to EnergySolutions Arena can be found for as low as $5 for general admission seating through the Jazz Summer League website.
For Jazz fans, it’s the first look at this season’s team that has a realistic chance of competing for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. One of the best defensive teams in the second half of last year’s NBA season, the Jazz added Kentucky freshman Trey Lyles with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, along with Olivier Hanlan, a junior from Boston College. If the team’s second-half production bleeds into the new season, Jazz tickets will be at a premium as the team looks to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign.
The team’s two draft picks will be joined by Jack Cooley, Bryce Cotton, Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, JaJuan Johnson, Jesse Morgan and other roster hopefuls. Hipmunk.com is any fan’s No. 1 travel resource for the basketball season; even for those who want an early start. Out-of-town Jazz fans can reserve flights to Salt Lake City through most major airline carriers, including the ability to lock down hotels in Salt Lake City starting from $52 to watch multiple games.
On Monday, June 6, the league begins with the Philadelphia 76ers facing the San Antonio Spurs, who have made the biggest splash during free agency by signing former Portland star LaMarcus Aldridge. The Jazz play the second game of the day against the Boston Celtics. On the following day, the Jazz face the Spurs after Boston takes on Philadelphia. Finally, after a day off, the Jazz play Philadelphia on July 9, while the Celtics take on the Spurs.
Lyles is a 6’10” offensive-minded forward who averaged 8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists with the Wildcats last season. Look for his basketball IQ to shine during the summer league, as he does a great job in deciding how to attack based on his matchup. Hanlan is the prototypical NBA two-guard who averaged 19.5 points per game during his junior season at Boston College, while shooting 45 percent from the floor. That also includes an impressive 36 percent from the three-point line.