Detroit Pistons schedule at Las Vegas Summer League: Ausar Thompson will face twin brother

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Pistons fans eager for the first glimpse of their 2023 NBA draft class — fifth overall pick Ausar Thompson and 25th pick Marcus Sasser — will be able to do so soon.

The NBA announced its full Las Vegas Summer League schedule Friday. The Pistons will tip off their slate against the Orlando Magic at 5:30 p.m. on July 8 (ESPN), Houston Rockets on July 9 at 6 p.m. (ESPN2), Toronto Raptors on July 12 at 6 p.m. (ESPN2) and San Antonio Spurs on July 14 at 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV). All four games will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center. All times listed are Eastern.

The Pistons-Rockets game will be a highlight of the week with a matchup between Ausar and his twin brother, former Overtime Elite teammate Amen Thompson, who was drafted fourth overall by Houston. The Pistons will also face sixth overall pick and Arkansas alumnus Anthony Black on July 8.

Based on usual summer league patterns, it’s unlikely the 7-foot-5 French phenom and No. 1 pick Victor Wembanyama will suit up for the Spurs in the Pistons’ finale.

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Summer League will tip off July 7 with a an eight-game slate, including a matchup between Wembanyama’s Spurs and second overall pick Brandon Miller and the Charlotte Hornets at 9 p.m. on ESPN. All 30 teams will play four games before the playoffs begin July 16. Four teams will qualify and will play a semifinal game, before the championship game July 17.

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