Suns announce 2016 Summer League RosterPosted: Updated:
The Phoenix Suns begin workouts in Phoenix on Wednesday, July 6, in preparation for NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev., from July 8-18. The 13-man roster is highlighted by 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection Devin Booker, Suns forward/center Alan Williams and the team’s 2016 NBA Draft acquisitions Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss and Tyler Ulis. Suns Assistant Coach Nate Bjorkgren will serve as head coach of the summer league team.
The Suns tip off their summer league schedule against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, July 9, at 1 p.m. at Cox Pavilion and are also scheduled to face the Boston Celtics on Sunday, July 10 (7:30 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center) and the Miami Heat on Tuesday, July 12 (3:30 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center). Following these three contests, the Suns will play at least two more games as part of a tournament-style schedule to determine the NBA Summer League 2016 Champion.
Prior to their departure to Las Vegas, the Suns will hold five practice sessions from July 6-8 on the Annexus Practice Court at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Media availability will take place following the conclusion of each morning session, at approximately noon on each day.
The Suns’ 13-man roster, practice schedule and summer league schedule are listed below.
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Prior to NBA/Home Country Yrs Plyd
3 Dragan Bender F 7-1 225 11/17/97 Maccabi Tel Aviv/Croatia R
29 Askia Booker G 6-1 170 08/31/93 Colorado/USA R
1 Devin Booker G 6-6 206 10/30/96 Kentucky/USA 1
10 Alec Brown F/C 7-1 235 07/23/92 Wisconsin-Green Bay/USA R
25 Michael Bryson G 6-4 200 09/30/94 UC Santa Barbara/USA R
0 Marquese Chriss F 6-10 233 07/02/97 Washington/USA R
22 Derek Cooke F 6-9 220 08/23/91 Wyoming/USA R
18 Kyle Kuric G 6-4 195 08/25/89 Louisville/USA R
19 Shannon Scott G 6-1 185 12/21/92 Ohio State/USA R
32 Richard Solomon F/C 6-11 235 06/18/92 California/USA R
8 Tyler Ulis G 5-10 150 01/05/96 Kentucky/USA R
15 Alan Williams F/C 6-8 260 01/28/93 UC Santa Barbara/USA 1
16 Troy Williams F 6-7 218 12/31/94 Indiana/USA R
HEAD COACH: Nate Bjorkgren (Buena Vista)
ASSISTANT COACHES: Bret Burchard (Taylor), Chris Darnell (William & Mary), Jason Fraser (Villanova), Scott Vaughan (Dallas Baptist)
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER: Tom Maystadt (Iowa State)
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Phoenix, AZ)
Wednesday, July 6: 10 a.m. – Noon and 5 – 7 p.m. @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Thursday, July 7: 10 a.m. – Noon and 5 – 7 p.m. @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Friday, July 8: 10 a.m. – Noon @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
* Media availability after morning sessions only
NBA SUMMER LEAGUE (Las Vegas, NV)
Date Opponent Location Time (Phoenix)
Saturday, July 9 Portland Cox Pavilion 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 10 Boston Thomas & Mack Center 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12 Miami Thomas & Mack Center 3:30 p.m.
* Tournament play follows three-game schedule; guaranteed at least five total games
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