The 2017 NBA Summer League schedule was released on Thursday morning and features a showdown between the Lakers and Celtics.
The top two picks annually square off against one another with the Lakers having played Philadelphia 76ers and Jahlil Okafor two years ago and Ben Simmons and the 76ers last season.
This year, the showdown will feature the storied rivalry of the Lakers and Celtics with Boston holding the No. 1 pick. The game will take place on Saturday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Lakers open Summer League play against the Clippers on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Thomas & Mack Center.
They finish play on Monday against the Sacramento Kings and
future Steph Curry Buddy Hield as well as a pair of rookies the team will select at No. 5 and No. 10.
While no official roster has been released for Summer League, it’s likely that current Lakers Brandon Ingram, David Nwaba and Ivica Zubac will all play this season. The team will also include the No. 2 and No. 28 overall picks this season as well.
The rest of the roster will be filled out with undrafted free agents and other players still early in their career.
In recent seasons, the Lakers have stolen the show in recent years, first with Larry Nance two seasons ago.
Last season, however, D’Angelo Russell stole all the headlines last season not only with his spectacular play, but also his game-winner over the Sixers.
This season, with three second-year players on the roster including Ingram along with potentially Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson and another first round pick, the Lakers will likely be a must-see attraction.