NBA Summer League

NBA Summer League 2014: TV Schedule, Bracket Info, Top Prospects for Las Vegas

Andrew Wiggins of Kansas stops for a television interview after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2014

While the majority of the NBA world waits with bated breath for the impending decisions from free agents such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, many of the stars of tomorrow are lacing it up in the NBA Summer League

The first wave of games is already underway in Orlando, but the action will shift to Las Vegas from July 11-21.

The entire Las Vegas schedule is below, and the official website of the Utah Jazz provides the following broadcast information: "NBA TV will be televising all 67 NBA Summer League games from Las Vegas, including 38 games live during the event, and every game will also be available live at NBA.com/summerleague and on the NBA Summer League app via a subscription-based package."

NBA Summer League Las Vegas Schedule
GameTeamTeamTime (ET)
Friday, July 11
1New YorkDallas4 p.m.
2TorontoLA Lakers6 p.m.
3ClevelandMilwaukee8 p.m.
4Golden StateCharlotte8:30 p.m.
5SacramentoSan Antonio10 p.m.
6NBA D-LeagueNew Orleans10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12
7PortlandNew York4 p.m.
8AtlantaWashington4:30 p.m.
9TorontoDenver6 p.m.
10DallasMinnesota6:30 p.m.
11PhoenixGolden State8 p.m.
12ChicagoLA Clippers8:30 p.m.
13HoustonMiami10 p.m.
14UtahPhiladelphia10:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 13
15ClevelandSan Antonio4 p.m.
16LA LakersNew Orleans4:30 p.m.
17SacramentoCharlotte6 p.m.
18AtlantaNBA D-League6:30 p.m.
19ChicagoDenver8 p.m.
20PortlandHouston8:30 p.m.
21MilwaukeePhoenix10 p.m.
22WashingtonMinnesota10:30 p.m.
Monday, July 14
23New YorkCharlotte4 p.m.
24SacramentoNBA D-League4:30 p.m.
25TorontoDallas6 p.m.
26San AntonioNew Orleans6:30 p.m.
27ClevelandPhiladelphia8 p.m.
28MiamiLA Clippers8:30 p.m.
29Golden StateLA Lakers10 p.m.
30UtahMilwaukee10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 15
31PortlandAtlanta4 p.m.
32ChicagoMinnesota4:30 p.m.
33LA ClippersHouston6 p.m.
34MiamiWashington6:30 p.m.
35PhiladelphiaPhoenix8 p.m.
36UtahDenver8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 16 (Round 1)
37No. 9 seedNo. 24 seed4 p.m.
38No. 10No. 234:30 p.m.
39No. 11No. 226 p.m.
40No. 12No. 216:30 p.m.
41No. 13No. 208 p.m.
42No. 14No. 198:30 p.m.
43No. 15No. 1810 p.m.
44No. 16No. 1710:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 17 (Round 2)
45No. 8 seedWinner of Game 374 p.m.
46No. 7Winner of Game 384:30 p.m.
47No. 6Winner of Game 396 p.m.
48No. 5Winner of Game 406:30 p.m.
49No. 4Winner of Game 418 p.m.
50No. 3Winner of Game 428:30 p.m.
51No. 2Winner of Game 4310 p.m.
52No. 1Winner of Game 4410:30 p.m.
Friday, July 18 (Consolation Round)
53Game 37 LoserGame 38 Loser4 p.m.
54Game 39 LoserGame 40 Loser4 p.m.
55Game 41 LoserGame 42 Loser6 p.m.
56Game 43 LoserGame 44 Loser6 p.m.
57Game 45 LoserGame 46 Loser8 p.m.
58Game 47 LoserGame 48 Loser8 p.m.
59Game 49 LoserGame 50 Loser10 p.m.
60Game 51 LoserGame 52 Loser10 p.m.
Saturday, July 19 (Quarterfinals)
61Game 46 WinnerGame 51 Winner4 p.m.
62Game 47 WinnerGame 50 Winner6 p.m.
63Game 45 WinnerGame 52 Winner8 p.m.
64Game 48 WinnerGame 49 Winner10 p.m.
Sunday, July 20 (Semifinals)
65Game 61 WinnerGame 62 Winner6 p.m.
66Game 63 WinnerGame 64 Winner8 p.m.
Monday, July 21 (Finals)
67Game 65 WinnerGame 66 Winner9 p.m.
NBA.com

The bracket for the tournament portion of the schedule and a complete list of rules and tie-breaking scenarios can be found at NBA.com.

Tournament Format Notes
1Teams assigned starting Nos. 1-24
2Following third game, teams will be seeded
3Seeds Nos. 1-8 receive first-round bye
4The outcome of head-to-head matchups will only be used to break a tie in the case of a tie in preliminary-round records involving only two teams
NBA.com
Tie-Breaker Rules
1Overall record in preliminary round
2Quarter Scoring Totals
3Point Differential
4Coin Flip
NBA.com

 

Top Prospects To Watch

Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers

Was there any doubt that Andrew Wiggins would be on this list?

The Cleveland Cavaliers chose Wiggins over the likes of Jabari Parker and others with the No. 1 pick in the draft, and the Summer League is the former Kansas star’s first chance to prove that was the right move. Cleveland just so happens to play Parker's Milwaukee Bucks in its first game.

Tony Dejak/Associated Press

Sure, dominating at this level ultimately won't mean much once the season rolls around, but if Wiggins plays well in Las Vegas, it will give him some confidence going forward. It would also be the first step toward avoiding a performance similar to what Cavs fans watched from 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett.

It may not be fair to lump Bennett's struggles on Wiggins' already pressure-packed shoulders, but that’s the reality of the NBA.

Wiggins was hyped as an uber-athletic defender during the pre-draft process, but the Summer League presents him with an opportunity to demonstrate that he can also do some things with the ball in his hands. 

Who knows? Maybe King James himself will be watching and evaluating.

 

Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

There were certainly some questions surrounding Julius Randle as the NBA draft approached, even though he was considered one of the best big men available.

Much of his college attack involved him simply going left and using his overwhelming strength to bully his way to the basket. He may not be able to do that as often in the NBA, so the Summer League represents a chance to work on some other low-post moves.

If Pau Gasol goes elsewhere, the Lakers are going to need another big man to establish himself down low as a rebounder and a scorer. Randle’s first steps toward becoming that guy begin in Las Vegas.

Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press

Los Angeles fans would also be pleased if Randle showed an ability to impact the game beyond just scoring, because playing alongside Kobe Bryant means his scoring opportunities may be limited. 

First and foremost, though, it will be a chance to test the health status of his foot. He was cleared to play by his doctor and commented on his relief, via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

"I kind of knew what the diagnosis was going to be as far as clearing me to play, but to finally have it over and that whole whirlwind of flying places and all that drama, to finally have that over with is definitely a relief and I can finally play basketball," Randle said. 

 

Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls

Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

There was no more prolific scorer in the college game last season than Doug McDermott at Creighton. He led the nation with 26.7 points a night, finished with more than 3,000 points in his career (and 1,000 rebounds) and earned first-team All-America honors in three straight years.

There is a reason the offensively challenged Chicago Bulls traded for him on draft night.

Chicago has one of the best defenses in the league but needs a reliable scorer, especially since the health of Derrick Rose will always be in question. McDermott will get his first chance during the Summer League to prove that his game can translate to the next level and help the Bulls immediately. 

There are questions about the level of competition McDermott faced in college, and a solid performance in Las Vegas could help answer those questions. It is also a chance to prove that he is more than just a scorer, although Chicago would probably be more than all right with the occasional defensive lapse if he consistently puts it in the bucket.

 

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