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Must-see games between top rookies at the 2018 NBA Summer League

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Magic rookie Mo Bamba guards Suns rookie Deandre Ayton in the post (Getty Images)

This year, NBA Summer League games will be played in Utah (July 2-5), Sacramento (July 2-5) and Las Vegas (July 6-17), with all 30 teams competing in Las Vegas.

Aside from Luka Doncic (No. 3 overall), each of the top 10 picks from the 2018 NBA Draft is set to participate in Summer League play. In a span of 15 days, over 80 games will be played, with a number of top picks set to face off against one another.

Here's how they fared against one another…

Memphis Grizzlies 103, Atlanta Hawks 88

The professional debuts of Trae Young and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Jackson: 29 points (8-for-13 3-point shooting), three rebounds, two blocks

Young: 16 points (4-for-20 shooting), four rebounds, three assists

Other notables: Tyler Dorsey (Hawks) - 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists

Kobi Simmons (Grizzlies) - 21 points (8-for-13 shooting), three assists

Phoenix Suns 71, Sacramento Kings 63

Top two picks Ayton and Bagley battle for the first time as professionals

Ayton: 21 points (8-for-11 shooting), 12 rebounds, one block

Bagley: 15 points (5-for-13 shooting), seven rebounds, two assists

Other notables: Harry Giles (Kings) - 17 points (8-for-16 shooting), six rebounds, five steals

Orlando Magic 86, Memphis Grizzlies 56

Lengthy rookies Jaren Jackson Jr. and Mohamed Bamba square off in Vegas

Bamba: 15 points (5-for-8 shooting), five rebounds, one block

Jackson: Five points (1-for-9 shooting), 10 rebounds, one block

Other notables: Jonathan Isaac (Magic) - 12 points, seven rebounds, five blocks

Kobi Simmons (Grizzlies) - 15 points (7-for-9 free throws)

Phoenix Suns 71, Orlando Magic 53

No. 6 pick Mo Bamba takes on No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton

Ayton: 17 points (6-for-10 shooting), 13 rebounds (five offensive), one block

Bamba: Four points (2-for-4 shooting), five rebounds, five blocks, two steals

Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 PM ET, NBATV Canada

A proper rematch between top-five picks Marvin Bagley III and Jaren Jackson Jr.

To round out pool play, two elite bigs taken in the top five were set to square off in Vegas. Both Marvin Bagley III (No. 2 pick) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (No. 4 pick) stand at 6-11 and have the unique opportunity to turn things around for franchises that have fallen upon hard times. Unfortunately, Bagley suffered a pelvic bone bruise in a loss to the Suns and will be sidelined for the remainder of summer play.

The two faced off last season when Jackson and Michigan State took on Bagley and Duke early in the college basketball season. While Bagley played just 10 minutes due to an eye injury, Jackson scored 19 points (7-for-10 shooting) in 24 minutes - but Duke managed to win despite Bagley's absence.

This time, Sacramento will look to rookie Harry Giles and second-year man Frank Mason to lead the team past the Memphis in Bagley's absence.

Other notables: Harry Giles and Frank Mason (Kings); Brady Heslip and Wayne Selden Jr. (Grizzlies)

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