The 2013 edition of the Las Vegas Summer League promises to be the best one yet.
Not only are 21 franchises—and one group of D-League stars—sending their top young talent to Sin City for 10 days of hoops action, but there are also going to be more televised games than ever before, an easy access live stream and, most importantly, a tournament to determine a winner.
Las Vegas Summer League is clearly not something that any self-respecting NBA fan will want to miss, so keep reading to find out how to catch every minute of the action, check the complete schedule of games and much, much more.
When: Friday, July 12 through Monday, July 22
Where: Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nev.
Live Stream: NBA Summer League Live
Format (via NBA.com)
For the first time in history, the Las Vegas Summer League will crown a champion at the conclusion of a brand new tournament.
While all teams will participate in at least five games over the initial few days of the event, seedings will be rewarded on the evening of July 16, and the single-elimination tournament will begin the next morning.
Schedule (All times Local PT)
Friday July 12
1 p.m. - New York vs. New Orleans (Game 1)
3 p.m. - Atlanta vs. LA Clippers (Game 2)
5 p.m. - Cleveland vs. LA Lakers (Game 3)
7 p.m. - Charlotte vs. San Antonio (Game 4)
Saturday July 13
1 p.m. - Golden State vs. Washington (Game 5)
3 p.m. - Sacramento vs. Dallas (Game 6)
5 p.m. - Chicago vs. Memphis (Game 8)
7 p.m. - Denver vs. Milwaukee (Game 10)
Thomas & Mack
3:30 p.m. - Minnesota vs. NBA D-League (Game 7)
5:30 p.m. - Phoenix vs. Portland (Game 9)
7:30 p.m. - Miami vs. Toronto (Game 11)
Sunday July 14
1 p.m. - New York vs. Washington (Game 12)
3 p.m. - Charlotte vs. Dallas (Game 14)
5 p.m. - Cleveland vs. Memphis (Game 16)
7 p.m. - Atlanta vs. Miami (Game 18)
Thomas & Mack
1:30 p.m. - LA Clippers vs. NBA D-League (Game 13)
3:30 p.m. - LA Lakers vs. Portland (Game 15)
5:30 p.m. - New Orleans vs. Milwaukee (Game 17)
7:30 p.m. - San Antonio vs. Toronto (Game 19)
Monday July 15
1 p.m. - New York vs. Charlotte (Game 20)
3 p.m. - Cleveland vs. New Orleans (Game 21)
5 p.m. - LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers (Game 23)
7 p.m. - San Antonio vs. Atlanta (Game 25)
Thomas & Mack
3:30 p.m. - Minnesota vs. Phoenix (Game 22)
5:30 p.m. - Sacramento vs. Golden State (Game 24)
7:30 p.m. - Chicago vs. Denver (Game 26)
Tuesday July 16
1 p.m. - Minnesota vs. Miami (Game 27)
3 p.m. - Sacramento vs. Toronto (Game 28)
5 p.m. - Chicago vs. Portland (Game 30)
7 p.m. - Denver vs. Washington (Game 32)
Thomas & Mack
3:30 p.m. - Golden State vs. Milwaukee (Game 29)
5:30 p.m. - Phoenix vs. Memphis (Game 31)
7:30 p.m. - Dallas vs. NBA D-League (Game 33)
Tournament runs July 17 through July 22.
Tournament Bracket (via NBA.com)
Complete List of Participating Teams
Golden State Warriors
NBA D-League Select
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
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Players to Watch
Otto Porter, SF, Washington Wizards
The Wizards drafted Porter with the No. 3 overall pick and hope to have finally found a franchise-caliber swingman to compliment their blossoming backcourt.
During his time with the Georgetown Hoyas, the versatile small forward proved that he can rebound, defend, spot-up shoot and do most everything else to contribute on a basketball court.
If Porter can prove himself in Nevada, the club will be extremely happy with its selection and feel confident in its future.
If not, there may be a bit of regret for the Wizards stemming from choosing him over some of the higher-upside prospects still available when it was their turn
Cody Zeller, PC, Charlotte Bobcats
The Bobcats made the controversial decision to draft Zeller—a player most analysts had ranked late in the lottery at best—with the No. 4 overall pick.
It was a controversial, questionable decision then and will remain one until this young man proves himself against NBA-caliber competition.
Should Zeller fail to dominate in this event and show that he can be an instrumental piece in the Bobcats rebuilding effort, owner Michael Jordan is going to have a lot of explaining to do to the few fans he has left.
Ben McLemore, SG, Sacramento Kings
McLemore is going to get a chance to be the man in Sacramento, as the team traded former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans Pelicans and opened the door for this former Kansas Jayhawks star to take over.
With a lightning-quick release and immense upside as a scorer, it may not be long before McLemore is filling up the highlight reels and making a huge dent in the “points” column on the box score.
While DeMarcus Cousins remains instrumental to this team’s success, it will be McLemore who will decide how far the Kings can go and what their ceiling as a group is.