NBA Summer League 2014: Complete Tournament Bracket and TV Schedule

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NBA Summer League 2014: Complete Tournament Bracket and TV Schedule
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The Warriors won the 2013 Vegas Summer League tournament. What will 2014 bring?

The UNLV campus will be overrun by hopeful young basketball players amid the searing heat of a Las Vegas July, but these ballers do not seek a spot on the Runnin' Rebels roster. Instead, they will show their stuff with hopes of landing a regular role in an NBA rotation.

Over a week-and-a-half, a total of 67 games will decide the futures of dozens of prospects, and a tournament winner will be crowned at the Las Vegas Summer League. NBA TV will televise the majority of the games live, but if you're incapable of leaving a casino or one of Vegas' In-N-Out Burger locations, you can still stream all the action to your mobile device for a small fee. 

Here is the complete viewing info and schedule for all the action in Vegas, and the top team to watch for plenty of developing drama.

 

Las Vegas Summer League Info

Dates: July 11-21

Watch: NBA TV (showing some games live, see table below)

StreamNBA Summer League Live (subscription required)

Where: Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, UNLV campus; Las Vegas, Nevada

Rosters: Via HoopsHype

Bracket: Full schedule via NBA.com (see table below)

 

Tempering Expectations

If you frequent the Internet (and it appears that you do), you may have seen basketball agog about Phil Pressey annihilating Miami Heat first-round pick Shabazz Napier at the Orlando Summer League:

That crossover grabbed attention, but the balmy action also offers a chance to evaluate marginal players and undrafted free agents trying to earn a roster spot, and the results are not necessarily a portent of things to come. 

The 2013 Vegas Summer League saw talented Toronto Raptors pivot Jonas Valanciunas named the MVP. However, the Golden State Warriors won the league's inaugural tournament by downing the Phoenix Suns. Dubs guard Ian Clark earned the honor of championship game MVP, but he ended up playing in just 23 games for the Utah Jazz during the 2013-14 season, averaging 3.0 points on 39 percent shooting over 7.5 minutes per game.

 

Team To Watch: The Knicks

With a roster in flux and Carmelo Anthony set to make a dramatic "Decision" of his own, the New York Knicks have gambled on new head coach Derek Fisher. He brings a host of players with him to Vegas all hoping to make their mark at Madison Square Garden in 2014-15.

New Knicks president Phil Jackson swung a trade prior to the draft that sent underperforming center Tyson Chandler and out-of-favor point guard Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks. 

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In return, Jackson netted a replacement center and point guard—Samuel Dalembert and Jose Calderonplus budding prospect Shane Larkin and a pair of 2014 second-round draft picks, which soon became Cleanthony Early out of Wichita State and Thanasis Antetokounmpo from the D-League.

Early, who hails from the Bronx, played on a dominant Shockers team and could easily have been selected in the first round. 

He told the New York Post's Marc Berman that there's no place he would rather be than playing for than the Knicks under Phil Jackson, and the first-round snub from other teams only serves as motivation: "The attitude would’ve been there regardless, and it’s even more now. You fall a little bit. So you feel someone overlooked you or slept on you. It’s the ultimate blessing to wind up here."

Antetokounmpo is the older brother of the Milwaukee Bucks' "Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose body kept growing with his skills during his first NBA season. The Knicks selected Thanasis at No. 51, a draft position that rarely produces quality, so taking a flier on a player with family pedigree and D-League experience makes sense. The 6'7" wing averaged 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals per game for the Delaware 87ers.

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As with most D-League standouts, Antetokounmpo possesses raw skills that the Knicks will evaluate and make decisions from there. According to Berman, the team could make him a draft-and-stash player if they determine he needs more polish for an NBA roster: "Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the 21-year-old defensive specialist...may play next season in Greece, where there is interest from teams. He will play in the summer league for the Knicks in July and they will decide if he’s ready after."

Another potential gem received in the trade with Dallas is Shane Larkinson of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkinwho earned praise from his Dallas teammate Dalembert:

Shane stands at just 5'11", but he can handle the ball and has good shooting range. The Atlanta Hawks drafted him 18th overall in 2013 before trading him to Dallas, and he subsequently broke his ankle during practice for summer league. However, he was trusty enough to get minutes in the Mavs' first-round playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs in April.

Early, Antetokounmpo and Larkin will join Knicks role players Cole Aldrich and Jeremy Tyler, who both saw time last season, and impressive results from any one of them could certainly translate into a rotation spot under the new Jackson regime at MSG.

Of the three newest Knicks, Early would be the most likely to become a bench contributor for New York, but all of them have the skill sets to crack a Knicks rotation with more question marks than answers at the minute.

Las Vegas Summer League Schedule
Date Matchup (*denotes live on NBA TV) Time (PT) Location
Fri., July 11 New York vs. Dallas* (Game 1) 1 p.m. COX
Fri., July 11 Toronto vs. LA Lakers* (Game 2) 3 p.m. COX
Fri., July 11 Cleveland vs. Milwaukee* (Game 3) 5 p.m. COX
Fri., July 11 Golden State vs. Charlotte (Game 4) 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Fri., July 11 Sacramento vs. San Antonio* (Game 5) 7 p.m. COX
Fri., July 11 D-League vs. New Orleans (Game 6) 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sat., July 12 Portland vs. New York* (Game 7) 1 p.m. COX
Sat., July 12 Atlanta vs. Washington (Game 8) 1:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sat., July 12 Toronto vs. Denver* (Game 9) 3 p.m. COX
Sat., July 12 Dallas vs. Minnesota (Game 10) 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sat., July 12 Phoenix vs. Golden State* (Game 11) 5 p.m. COX
Sat., July 12 Chicago vs. LA Clippers (Game 12) 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sat., July 12 Houston vs. Miami (Game 13) 7 p.m. COX
Sat., July 12 Utah vs. Philadelphia* (Game 14) 7: 30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sun., July 13 Cleveland vs. San Antonio* (Game 15) 1 p.m. COX
Sun., July 13 LA Lakers vs. New Orleans (Game 16) 1:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sun., July 13 Sacramento vs. Charlotte* (Game 17) 3 p.m. COX
Sun., July 13 Atlanta vs. D-League (Game 18) 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sun., July 13 Chicago vs. Denver* (Game 19) 5 p.m. COX
Sun., July 13 Portland vs. Houston (Game 20) 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sun., July 13 Milwaukee vs. Phoenix* (Game 21) 7 p.m. COX
Sun., July 13 Washington vs. Minnesota (Game 22) 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Mon., July 14 New York vs. Charlotte* (Game 23) 1 p.m. COX
Mon., July 14 Sacramento vs. D-League (Game 24) 1:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Mon., July 14 Toronto vs. Dallas* (Game 25) 3 p.m. COX
Mon., July 14 San Antonio vs. New Orleans (Game 26) 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Mon., July 14 Cleveland vs. Philadelphia* (Game 27) 5 p.m. COX
Mon., July 14 Miami vs. LA Clippers (Game 28) 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Mon., July 14 Golden State vs. LA Lakers* (Game 29) 7 p.m. COX
Mon., July 14 Utah vs. Milwaukee (Game 30) 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Tue., July 15 Portland vs. Atlanta* (Game 31) 1 p.m. COX
Tue., July 15 Chicago vs. Minnesota (Game 32) 1:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Tue., July 15 LA Clippers vs. Houston* (Game 33) 3 p.m. COX
Tue., July 15 Miami vs. Washington (Game 34) 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Tue., July 15 Philadelphia vs. Phoenix* (Game 35) 5 p.m. COX
Tue., July 15 Utah vs. Denver (Game 36) 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Wed., July 16 # 9 Seed vs. #24 Seed* (Game 37) 1 p.m. COX
Wed., July 16 #10 Seed vs. #23 Seed (Game 38) 1:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Wed., July 16 #11 Seed vs. #22 Seed* (Game 39) 3 p.m. COX
Wed., July 16 #12 Seed vs. #21 Seed (Game 40) 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Wed., July 16 #13 Seed vs. #20 Seed* (Game 41) 5 p.m. COX
Wed., July 16 #14 Seed vs. #19 Seed (Game 42) 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Wed., July 16 #15 Seed vs. #18 Seed* (Game 43) 7 p.m. COX
Wed., July 16 #16 Seed vs. #17 Seed (Game 44) 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Thur., July 17 #8 Seed vs. Winner of Game 37* (Game 45) 1 p.m. COX
Thur., July 17 #7 Seed vs. Winner of Game 38 (Game 46) 1:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Thur., July 17 #6 Seed vs. Winner of Game 39* (Game 47) 3 p.m. COX
Thur., July 17 #5 Seed vs. Winner of Game 40 (Game 48) 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Thur., July 17 #4 Seed vs. Winner of Game 41* (Game 49) 5 p.m. COX
Thur., July 17 #3 Seed vs. Winner of Game 42 (Game 50) 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Thur., July 17 #2 Seed vs. Winner of Game 43* (Game 51) 7 p.m. COX
Thur., July 17 #1 Seed vs. Winner of Game 44 (Game 52) 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Fri., July 18 Game 37 Loser vs. Game 38 Loser* (Game 53) 1 p.m. COX
Fri., July 18 Game 39 Loser vs. Game 40 Loser (Game 54) 1:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Fri., July 18 Game 41 Loser vs. Game 42 Loser* (Game 55) 3 p.m. COX
Fri., July 18 Game 43 Loser vs. Game 44 Loser (Game 56) 3:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Fri., July 18 Game 45 Loser vs. Game 46 Loser* (Game 57) 5 p.m. COX
Fri., July 18 Game 47 Loser vs. Game 48 Loser (Game 58) 5:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Fri., July 18 Game 49 Loser vs. Game 50 Loser* (Game 59) 7 p.m. COX
Fri., July 18 Game 51 Loser vs. Game 52 Loser (Game 60) 7:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sat., July 19 Game 46 Winner vs. Game 51 Winner* (Game 61) 1 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sat., July 19 Game 47 Winner vs. Game 50 Winner* (Game 62) 3 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sat., July 19 Game 45 Winner vs. Game 52 Winner* (Game 63) 5 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sat., July 19 Game 48 Winner vs. Game 49 Winner* (Game 64) 7 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sun., July 20 Game 61 Winner vs. Game 62 Winner* (Game 65) 3 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Sun., July 20 Game 63 Winner vs. Game 64 Winner*(Game 66) 5 p.m. Thomas & Mack
Mon., July 21 Game 65 Winner vs. Game 66 Winner* (Game 67) 6 p.m. Thomas & Mack

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