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NAZ Suns Take Part in NBA Summer League

By Jacob Withee | July 7, 2017

PHOENIX – The Northern Arizona Suns announced Friday that much of their roster from the 2016-17 season is earning time on the floor for NBA teams in the Summer League.

NAZ Suns guard Shaquille Harrison will be with the Phoenix Suns at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, where he will get his first chance to play tonight in Las Vegas. The 15-man roster begins tournament play out west at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center against the Sacramento Kings. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

The Suns are guaranteed at least five games in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League that lasts until July 17, with the potential to play up to eight games.

This marks Harrison’s first career Summer League appearance, even though he participated in the Phoenix Suns training camp last season.

NAZ Suns head coach Ty Ellis is also a member of the team, where he will serve as an assistant coach. Ellis, who was just named an assistant coach for USA Basketball at FIBA AmeriCup 2017, will help lead Harrison and former NAZ Suns Derrick Jones Jr. and Tyler Ulis.

Josh Gray also earned time with an NBA team, as he was a member of the Orlando Magic’s squad that hosted the Orlando Summer League.

That tournament just wrapped up on Thursday.

In three games played, Gray averaged 7.0 points on 42.9 percent shooting, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 15.7 minutes per game. He saw his best game on Thursday against the Charlotte Hornets, where he tallied 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, two rebounds, four assists and three steals in 17 minutes of action.

Gray’s big day came against former NAZ Suns forward/center Johnny O’Bryant. The first-ever Suns GATORADE Call-Up is playing for the Charlotte Hornets Summer League team, and he put on a show at the six-day event. O’Bryant averaged 16.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting and 4.6 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game. He was second on the team in scoring average and ninth in the whole tournament.

In his last two games, he put up 24.5 points on 51.5 percent shooting per game.

Also at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League will be former NAZ Suns forward Chris McCullough. His Washington Wizards will tip off their first game on Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies at 1:30 p.m., which can be seen on ESPNU.

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