The offseason mayhem regarding the Association's free agents continues, but for many young players and established veterans, this is a time to hone their skills and jell with new teammates during the NBA Summer League.
Players from 24 franchises will spend a good portion of the remainder of July competing under a unique set of rules and tournament format in Las Vegas.
Due to the unusual format, let's take a look at the tournament's rules and guidelines, as well as an overview of the entire schedule and bracket.
Bracket and Teams
The full tournament bracket can be viewed at NBA.com.
Each participating team can be viewed at NBA.com.
|NBA Summer League Preliminary Round Games|
|Fri., July 11||New York vs. Dallas* (Game 1)||1 p.m.|
|Fri., July 11||Toronto vs. LA Lakers* (Game 2)||3 p.m.|
|Fri., July 11||Cleveland vs. Milwaukee* (Game 3)||5 p.m.|
|Fri., July 11||Golden State vs. Charlotte (Game 4)||5:30 p.m.|
|Fri., July 11||Sacramento vs. San Antonio* (Game 5)||7 p.m.|
|Fri., July 11||D-League vs. New Orleans (Game 6)||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat., July 12||Portland vs. New York* (Game 7)||1 p.m.|
|Sat., July 12||Atlanta vs. Washington (Game 8)||1:30 p.m.|
|Sat., July 12||Toronto vs. Denver* (Game 9)||3 p.m.|
|Sat., July 12||Dallas vs. Minnesota (Game 10)||3:30 p.m.|
|Sat., July 12||Phoenix vs. Golden State* (Game 11)||5 p.m.|
|Sat., July 12||Chicago vs. LA Clippers (Game 12)||5:30 p.m.|
|Sat., July 12||Houston vs. Miami (Game 13)||7 p.m.|
|Sat., July 12||Utah vs. Philadelphia* (Game 14)||7: 30 p.m.|
|Sun., July 13||Cleveland vs. San Antonio* (Game 15)||1 p.m.|
|Sun., July 13||LA Lakers vs. New Orleans (Game 16)||1:30 p.m.|
|Sun., July 13||Sacramento vs. Charlotte* (Game 17)||3 p.m.|
|Sun., July 13||Atlanta vs. D-League (Game 18)||3:30 p.m.|
|Sun., July 13||Chicago vs. Denver* (Game 19)||5 p.m.|
|Sun., July 13||Portland vs. Houston (Game 20)||5:30 p.m.|
|Sun., July 13||Milwaukee vs. Phoenix* (Game 21)||7 p.m.|
|Sun., July 13||Washington vs. Minnesota (Game 22)||7:30 p.m.|
|Mon., July 14||New York vs. Charlotte* (Game 23)||1 p.m.|
|Mon., July 14||Sacramento vs. D-League (Game 24)||1:30 p.m.|
|Mon., July 14||Toronto vs. Dallas* (Game 25)||3 p.m.|
|Mon., July 14||San Antonio vs. New Orleans (Game 26)||3:30 p.m.|
|Mon., July 14||Cleveland vs. Philadelphia* (Game 27)||5 p.m.|
|Mon., July 14||Miami vs. LA Clippers (Game 28)||5:30 p.m.|
|Mon., July 14||Golden State vs. LA Lakers* (Game 29)||7 p.m.|
|Mon., July 14||Utah vs. Milwaukee (Game 30)||7:30 p.m.|
|Tue., July 15||Portland vs. Atlanta* (Game 31)||1 p.m.|
|Tue., July 15||Chicago vs. Minnesota (Game 32)||1:30 p.m.|
|Tue., July 15||LA Clippers vs. Houston* (Game 33)||3 p.m.|
|Tue., July 15||Miami vs. Washington (Game 34)||3:30 p.m.|
|Tue., July 15||Philadelphia vs. Phoenix* (Game 35)||5 p.m.|
|Tue., July 15||Utah vs. Denver (Game 36)||5:30 p.m.|
|*Denotes game on NBA TV|
|NBA Summer League Tournament Schedule|
|1||Wed., July 16||# 9 Seed vs. #24 Seed* (Game 37)||1 p.m.|
|1||Wed., July 16||#10 Seed vs. #23 Seed (Game 38)||1:30 p.m.|
|1||Wed., July 16||#11 Seed vs. #22 Seed* (Game 39)||3 p.m.|
|1||Wed., July 16||#12 Seed vs. #21 Seed (Game 40)||3:30 p.m.|
|1||Wed., July 16||#13 Seed vs. #20 Seed* (Game 41)||5 p.m.|
|1||Wed., July 16||#14 Seed vs. #19 Seed (Game 42)||5:30 p.m.|
|1||Wed., July 16||#15 Seed vs. #18 Seed* (Game 43)||7 p.m.|
|1||Wed., July 16||#16 Seed vs. #17 Seed (Game 44)||7:30 p.m.|
|2||Thu., July 17||#8 Seed vs. Winner of Game 37* (Game 45)||1 p.m.|
|2||Thu., July 17||#7 Seed vs. Winner of Game 38 (Game 46)||1:30 p.m.|
|2||Thu., July 17||#6 Seed vs. Winner of Game 39* (Game 47)||3 p.m.|
|2||Thu., July 17||#5 Seed vs. Winner of Game 40 (Game 48)||3:30 p.m.|
|2||Thu., July 17||#4 Seed vs. Winner of Game 41* (Game 49)||5 p.m.|
|2||Thu., July 17||#3 Seed vs. Winner of Game 42 (Game 50)||5:30 p.m.|
|2||Thu., July 17||#2 Seed vs. Winner of Game 43* (Game 51)||7 p.m.|
|2||Thu., July 17||#1 Seed vs. Winner of Game 44 (Game 52)||7:30 p.m.|
|Cons.||Fri., July 18||Game 37 Loser vs. Game 38 Loser* (Game 53)||1 p.m.|
|Cons.||Fri., July 18||Game 39 Loser vs. Game 40 Loser (Game 54)||1:30 p.m.|
|Cons.||Fri., July 18||Game 41 Loser vs. Game 42 Loser* (Game 55)||3 p.m.|
|Cons.||Fri., July 18||Game 43 Loser vs. Game 44 Loser (Game 56)||3:30 p.m.|
|Cons.||Fri., July 18||Game 45 Loser vs. Game 46 Loser* (Game 57)||5 p.m.|
|Cons.||Fri., July 18||Game 47 Loser vs. Game 48 Loser (Game 58)||5:30 p.m.|
|Cons.||Fri., July 18||Game 49 Loser vs. Game 50 Loser* (Game 59)||7 p.m.|
|Cons.||Fri., July 18||Game 51 Loser vs. Game 52 Loser (Game 60)||7:30 p.m.|
|QF||Sat., July 19||Game 46 Winner vs. Game 51 Winner* (Game 61)||1 p.m.|
|QF||Sat., July 19||Game 47 Winner vs. Game 50 Winner* (Game 62)||3 p.m.|
|QF||Sat., July 19||Game 45 Winner vs. Game 52 Winner* (Game 63)||5 p.m.|
|QF||Sat., July 19||Game 48 Winner vs. Game 49 Winner* (Game 64)||7 p.m.|
|SF||Sun., July 20||Game 61 Winner vs. Game 62 Winner* (Game 65)||3 p.m.|
|SF||Sun., July 20||Game 63 Winner vs. Game 64 Winner*(Game 66)||5 p.m.|
|F||Mon., July 21||Game 65 Winner vs. Game 66 Winner* (Game 67)||6 p.m.|
|*Denotes game on NBA TV|
Full tournament schedule can also be viewed at NBA.com.
Many summer league games can be viewed on NBA TV. There's also a Summer League app available to follow all of the action:
Not only is the tournament format slightly different than what's generally used in the NBA, but game rules are different as well.
Summer League games are slightly shorter, having four 10-minute quarters and two two-minute overtime periods—the second overtime period is a sudden death (first team to score wins).
It's also a little tougher to foul out in these games. During non-tournament games, players will foul out after committing 10 personal fouls. The number is lowered to six during tournament games.
A quarter point system is also in play during non-tournament games.
One point is awarded to a team that scores more points than its opponent during any quarter of a game. Teams that score the same amount of points in a quarter are given half a point each. Zero points are given to the lower scoring team in any quarter.
These points are used for tiebreakers to establish rankings in tournament play.
After each team plays three games during the preliminary round, seeds from No. 1 to No. 24 will be given to each squad based on its record and tiebreakers.
The tournament has a single elimination format with teams seeded from No. 9 to No. 24 playing in the first round—Nos. 1 through 8 are given a bye to the second round.
From there, each winning team will advance to the next round until one remains. Losing teams will compete in the tournament's consolation round before the quarterfinals begin.
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