The 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas is already through three days of action, and we've seen some glimpses of star power from the future of the Association.
As young players begin to show us what they're made of, we're starting to see some separation in the 24 NBA teams involved in the tournament. While this may not be an indication of each team's talent, it begins to paint a picture of which athletes will see some court time during the 2014-15 season.
That's why the Summer League is as important as it is enticing.
With a bevy of games left on the slate, let's take a look at the updated standings, bracket, full schedule of play and note a few of the best highlights from the early action.
Updated Standings and Bracket
|New York Knicks||2||0||6.0||1.000|
|New Orleans Pelicans||2||0||5.0||1.000|
|Golden State Warriors||2||0||4.5||1.000|
|Portland Trail Blazers||1||1||5.0||0.500|
|NBA D-League Select||1||1||4.0||0.500|
|San Antonio Spurs||1||1||3.0||0.500|
|Los Angeles Lakers||0||2||2.0||0.000|
|Los Angeles Clippers||0||1||0.0||0.000|
The full tournament bracket can be viewed at NBA.com.
|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
|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 courtesy of NBA.com.
With so much talent taking the court on a daily basis, it's easy to speculate we've already seen a fair share of some tantalizing basketball to this point.
Each team has a great mix of promising rookies and veterans attempting to jell over the summer months in an effort to get their 2014-15 seasons off to a hot start.
Many are off to a hot start already.
Gary Harris was simply on fire for the Denver Nuggets against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.
The first-round selection showed off his stroke from the outside, ability to drive the lane and incredible touch during his 33-point performance. Here's a look at some of his scoring prowess:
Harris certainly had a big game against Toronto, but plenty of other players had their shining moments as well.
All eyes were on Jabari Parker, who went coast to coast for this sweet lay in complete with the foul:
While Parker did exactly what he was supposed to, so did Chicago Bulls draft pick Doug McDermott. Here's a look at his first score as a professional, which just happened to be from downtown:
What would a Summer League be without some spectacular jams? Well, luckily for us, Eric Griffin of the Dallas Mavericks has it covered in a big way. Take a peek at his steal that turned into a breakaway reverse windmill slam:
Utah Jazz first-rounder Dante Exum began his professional career in style, taking the lob from Trey Burke and coming away with a nice finish:
By the way, No. 1 overall selection Andrew Wiggins has been in action as well—and he hasn't disappointed. Known for some solid defensive play, Wiggins showed his stuff on this impressive block:
With highlights like these already prevalent after just a few days of action, the remainder of the 2014 NBA Summer League appears poised to remain a captivating spectacle.