11 TBT 2018 Players set to play in NBA preseason games


By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31

With media day in the rear-view mirrow and teams reporting to training camp this week, the NBA preseason is just days away. Two teams that TBT fans will surely be watching over the next couple weeks are the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets. After appearing in two games for Ram Nation in TBT 2018 - including the team's Super 16 win over Team DRC where he hit the Elam Ending winner - firecracker guard Briante Weber signed a training camp deal with the Heat. For Weber, it will be his second stint with the team since 2016. Weber has also had a cup of coffee with the Grizzliers, Warriors and Hornets. Another guy looking to get back into the league is Eberlein Drive star Donald Sloan. The point guard parlayed a masterful TBT 2018 appearance (20.8 ppg, 4.5 apg) into a training camp deal with the Nuggets. Sloan has played in 218 career NBA games between the Hawks, Hornets (now known as the Pelicans), Cavaliers, Pacers and Nets. Last season he suited up for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. Both are expected to see the floor in their respective team's preseason games.

To get a different look before the regular season tips off, several NBA teams have invited overseas squads to the United States for exhibition play. Perhaps the most interesting team to watch for TBT fans this preseason (and throughout the NBL slate) is Melbourne United. The team boasts a combined six TBT Championship Game appearances between 4X champ and 2X MVP DJ Kennedy, TBT 2017 All-Tournament Team member Casper Ware and five-time participant Josh Boone. They'll take on Joel Embiid and the Trust the Process 76ers on Friday, September 28 before heading to Toronto on October 5 for a matchup with the Raptors. Melbourne United is no stranger to playing in the United States. The team traveled to Oklahoma City last October to play the Thunder in what ended up being the best game of the preseason. Behind 20 points and six rebounds from Ware and 15 points and nine rebounds from Boone, United gave Russell Westbrook and the Thunder everything they could handle before eventually falling, 86-85. 

In addition to Kennedy, Overseas Elite will be represented by fellow two-time tournament MVP Kyle Fogg. For the second straight year, Fogg and the Guangzhou Long-Lions will take a trip to the nation's capital for an October date with the Wizards. Last season, Fogg poured in 26 points and dropped 11 dimes in 42 minutes of action. TBT's all-time leader in points per game, Jimmer Fredette (31 ppg), will also lead a Chinese-based club when the Shanghai Sharks match up against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, October 9. After dominating TBT, a big game by Jimmer will surely elicit even greater calls for an NBA team to give him a shot next season.

Jerome Randle (21.7 ppg, 3.8 apg), who found himself on the TBT 2018 All-Tournament Team after leading Eberlein Drive to the Championship Game, will lead his Sydney Kings into a matchup against the Clippers at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 5-foot-9 point guard is back with the Kings for a second year after becoming the first player since 1989 to lead the NBL in points (19.78) and assists (5.26) per game. Other TBT'ers taking the court in the United States over the next several weeks include Terrico White (Armored Athlete, Perth Wildcats), Ramone Moore (Talladega Knights, Adelaide 36ers) and Samme Givens (Talladega Knights, Maccabi Haifa). All three players are coming off a summer which saw their teams advance to the Super 16 in Atlanta. White, who hails from Ole Miss and previously played in TBT with Ole Hotty Toddy and Bluff City Blues, averaged 17.7 ppg and 7 rpg for Armored Athlete. Moore and Givens helped lead 15th-seeded Talladega Knights on a magical tournament run, which saw them upset second-seeded HBC Sicklerville and seventh-seeded Team Arkansas in Brooklyn.

See below for the full schedule.

Friday, September 28 

- Melbourne United @ Philadelphia 76ers, 7 pm ET, League Pass

Saturday, September 29

- Perth Wildcats @ Utah Jazz, 9 pm ET

Sunday, September 30

- Miami Heat @ San Antonio Spurs, 5 pm ET, NBA TV

- Sydney Kings @ Los Angeles Clippers (Honolulu, Hawaii), 9:30 pm ET, League Pass

- Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers (San Diego, California), 9:30 pm ET, ESPN

Tuesday, October 2

- Miami Heat @ Charlotte Hornets, 7 pm ET, League Pass

- Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 pm ET, TNT

Friday, October 5

- Melbourne United @ Toronto Raptors, 7 pm ET, League Pass

- Miami Heat @ Washington Wizards, 7 pm ET, League Pass

- Perth Wildcats @ Denver Nuggets, 9 pm ET, League Pass

- Adelaide 36ers @ Utah Jazz, 9 pm ET

Monday, October 8

- Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat, 7:30 pm ET, League Pass

- Maccabi Haifa @ Sacramento Kings, 10 pm ET

Tuesday, October 9

- Shanghai Sharks @ Houston Rockets, 8 pm ET, League Pass

- Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 pm ET, NBA TV

Wednesday, October 10

- New Orleans Pelicans @ Miami Heat, 7:30 pm ET, League Pass

Thursday, October 11

- Maccabi Haifa @ Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 pm ET

Friday, October 12

- Guangzhou Long Lions @ Washington Wizards, 7 pm ET, League Pass

- Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat, 8 pm ET, League Pass

- Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls, 8 pm ET, League Pass


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