NBA Summer League TV Schedule 2012: Viewer Guide for Today's Action
For NBA junkies enjoying the Las Vegas Summer League action, this weekend will be the final opportunity to see some of the NBA's top young talent compete against each other as the Summer League schedule concludes over the weekend.
Live streams are available for all of the Summer League action via NBA.com (subscription required).
Saturday, July 21
|Portland Trail Blazers vs. Miami Heat||4:00 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs||6:00 p.m.||SL Broadband|
|Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Hornets||6:30 p.m.||NBA TV|
|NBA D-League Select vs. Minnesota Timberwolves||8:00 p.m.||SL Broadband|
|Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Clippers||8:30 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns||10:00 p.m.||SL Broadband|
|Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics||10:30 p.m.||NBA TV|
Names to Watch
While Summer League success doesn't guarantee that we will see similar results once the real season starts in the fall, there are quite a few players who have made a name for themselves on the Summer League circuit and are worth keeping an eye on throughout the day.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Lillard entered the summer league as a relative unknown despite his top-10 pick status in the draft because he played his college basketball at Weber State. Lillard's Big Sky Conference competition was one of his biggest question marks heading into the draft, but if his summer league play is any indication, he should adjust to the NBA game quite well.
Taking on rosters filled with NBA hopefuls, Lillard has taken the summer league by storm, averaging 26.5 points per game and 5.3 assists.
Lillard's offensive explosiveness has been on full display and he should be heavily showcased in Portland's matchup against the Heat.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
Butler was selected by the Bulls at No. 30 overall in 2011 out of Marquette and saw very limited action in his rookie season with the Bulls.
A highly skilled defender, Butler has played well in summer league action thus far. In addition to playing good defense, his rebounding and offensive game have been on display as he has averaged 20 points per game and seven boards.
With Kyle Korver on his way out in Chicago, Butler should see an expanded role this season at small forward. His toughness and athleticism make him a good fit for Chicago, and the Bulls' matchup with the Clippers should give him another opportunity to make a statement.
Josh Selby, Memphis Grizzlies
Selby was taken with the 49th overall selection in the 2011 NBA draft after a tumultuous freshman season at Kansas. Selby was seldom used by the Grizzlies last season and struggled to shoot the ball well in his limited minutes.
If the Summer League is any indication, Selby could very well be a contributor on this Grizzlies team and could fill in the bench scoring void left by the departure of O.J. Mayo.
After shooting 13 percent from beyond the arc last season, Selby has shot an amazing 73 percent from three and has averaged 29 points per game. He should continue to light it up in the Grizzlies' matchup with the Phoenix Suns.
Sunday, July 22
|Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks||4:00 p.m.||SL Broadband|
|Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers||6:00 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves||8:00 p.m.||NBA TV|
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