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NBA Summer League




| 2015 NBA Summer League

There will be three NBA summer leagues in 2015. The main NBA summer league is still in Vegas (see 2015 Las Vegas Summer League Basketball and is by far the biggest of the bunch. Vegas is also the only NBA Summer League that is actually operated by the league. The others are operated by individual teams, though they generally work the same way as the big Vegas league.

Vegas action in 2015 will run from July 10 through July 20.

Once again, NBA Summer League action returns to Orlando (details: Orlando Summer Basketball League). The 2015 NBA summer league dates for Orlando are July 4-10.

And in the biggest news of 2015, summer league action is returning to Utah. The Jazz used to host the Rocky Mountain Revue, but the league disppeared. But now there's the Utah Summer Basketball League. Utah league dates are July 6-9.

More info about NBA summer leagues coming in early June, 2015. But the info above is what matters this year. No additional NBA summer leagues are expected to materialize this year.

Check this page again in the first week of June.

Also, note that attends and covers NBA summer league action each summer. Mostly in Vegas, since that's the big league of the bunch. But everything that really matters in summer league basketball, we'll tell you about it, every day.


The 2014 NBA Summer League will once again take place at the UNLV basketball gyms in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the main NBA Summer League, run by the league, and in the summer of 2014 it'll take place from Friday, July 11 through Monday, July 21.

There is also a smaller, shorter NBA summer league that takes place in Orlando, organized by the Magic, but like the main summer league includes many teams. The 2014 Orlando dates are July 5-11.

InsideHoops mainly focuses on the Vegas league, since that's the big one. And generally, any reference to "NBA Summer League" is usually in reference to what goes down in Vegas. When we (or anybody) is talking about the Orlando league, the word "Orlando" will usually be in the sentence. Anyway, as always, we'll have daily info and coverage of both.

- More info about Vegas: Las Vegas Summer League Basketball

- More info about Orlando: Orlando Summer Basketball League


Twenty-four teams, including the Utah Jazz, which will be making its first appearance, will compete in the 2014 NBA Summer League from July 11-21, at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The Jazz will join 22 other NBA teams and a team of NBA Development League select players in a tournament-style format to crown the 2014 NBA Summer League Champion. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 11-15, before being seeded in a tournament running through the Championship Game on July 21. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.

This summer, 10 of the 12 teams that own Lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft will take the court at 2014 NBA Summer League, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, who are slated to make the top three picks in this year’s Draft. Each team is expected to choose from an impressive crop of prospects that includes Australia’s Dante Exum, Duke’s Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins from Kansas, and Kentucky’s Julius Randle. Samsung NBA Summer League will feature many of these top prospects in their first taste of NBA action, along with other recent high draft picks, as well as undrafted rookies and free agents hoping to make their mark.

The 2014 summer marks the event’s 10th anniversary and will feature four teams that have competed every summer in Las Vegas (overall Summer League record in Las Vegas): Denver Nuggets (25-20, .556); Phoenix Suns (24-22, .522); Washington Wizards (22-24, .487) and Cleveland Cavaliers (21-25, .457).

Last summer, both the Golden State Warriors (29-13, 0.690) and the Suns entered the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship game undefeated at 6-0. The Warriors, behind Ian Clark’s 33-point MVP performance, finished with a perfect 7-0 record and captured the inaugural Summer League Championship with a 91-77 victory over the Suns. Clark, who was not drafted by an NBA team in 2013, went on to sign with the Utah Jazz, and spent the entire 2013-14 season on the team’s roster.

Below is a complete list of teams that will participate in the 2014 NBA Summer League this summer, along with their overall record at summer league and years of participation:


Team Summer League Win-Loss Record Years Participated
Houston 24-6 0.800 2006-10, 12*
Golden State 29-13 0.690 2005-10, 12-13*
Atlanta 6-9 0.667 2010, 12-13*
Miami 11-6 0.647 2010, 12-13*
Charlotte 10-6 0.600 2008, 12-13*
Philadelphia 6-4 0.600 2007-08
San Antonio 17-12 0.583 2007-10, 12-13*
Milwaukee 17-13 0.567 2007-10, 12-13
Denver 25-20 0.556 2004-10, 12-13
Phoenix 24-22 0.522 2004-10, 12-13
Minnesota 18-18 0.500 2006-10, 12-13
NBA D-League Select 10-10 0.500 2009-10, 12-13
Portland 21-21 0.500 2005-10, 12-13*
Toronto 15-15 0.500 2006, 08-10, 12-13*
Dallas 20-21 0.488 2005-10, 12-13*
Sacramento 20-21 0.488 2005-10, 12-13
New York 19-20 0.487 2005-10, 12-13
Washington 22-24 0.487 2004-10, 12-13*
Chicago 12- 13 0.480 2005, 09-10, 12-13*
Cleveland 21-25 0.457 2004-10, 12-13
L.A. Lakers 11-20 0.355 2007-10, 12-13
L.A. Clippers 14-26 0.350 2005-10, 12-13*
New Orleans 10-31 0.244 2005-10, 12-13
Utah Jazz First Time Participant

*Indicates 2013-14 NBA Playoff team

More info about Vegas: Las Vegas Summer League Basketball.



NBA Summer League in Las Vegas will have a different look this summer.

When the participating teams take the court in Las Vegas for the 2013 NBA Summer League, a summer league championship will be on the line. For the first time since the league’s inception in 2004, NBA Summer League will have a new format, with preliminary games, and then a single-elimination tournament that leads to an actual NBA summer league champion.

As always, will be at NBA Summer League and will provide full coverage.

The 2013 NBA summer league schedule starts Friday, July 12 at the usual location: the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. NBA summer league will end on Monday, July 22 -- with an NBA summer league championship game taking place that day.

All participating NBA summer league teams will play at least five games.

After the July 16 games, all participating teams will be seeded for single-elimination NBA summer league tournament play that will result in a champion being crowned on July 22.

At last year’s event the Golden State Warriors were a tournament best 5-0 while six teams – Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves -- finished with a record of 4-1. Portland’s Damian Lillard led all scorers, averaging 26.5 points, while Malcolm Thomas of Chicago led the league in rebounds with 12.0 per game, and Phoenix’s Kendall Marshall dished out a league-high 6.5 assists per game. Lillard (26.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists) and former Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Selby (24.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists) were named co-MVPs of the league.

Last year’s NBA Summer League was record-breaking, with new all-time marks set in multiple areas including: participating teams (24); attendance (51,000-plus over 10 days); games played (60); number of live NBA TV broadcasts (38) and participating top draft picks (13 of the top 14 selections) in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Launched in 2004 as the Las Vegas Summer League, the inaugural event featured six NBA teams (Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards) playing a 13-game slate. Long considered the best opportunity for teams to showcase young talented rosters, teams whose rosters included six of the last seven NBA Rookie of the Year award winners have participated in NBA Summer League including: Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets, 2005-06), Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers, 2006-07), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City, 2007-08), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento, 2009-10), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers, 2010-11) and Kyrie Irving (2011-12).

Tickets for the 2013 NBA Summer League will go on sale June 1, at 10 a.m. PDT. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for the NBA’s hottest summer action by calling 702-739-FANS, through or by visiting any UNLV ticket outlet.

NBA TV will televise NBA Summer League games from Las Vegas with a complete schedule of games and broadcast information to be released at a later date. Additionally, fans will once again be able to watch every NBA Summer League game live on and NBA Mobile via a subscription-based package.



(This is for 2012 NBA summer league)

NBA summer league is back! After the recent lockout wiped out the summer and part of the 2011-12 regular season, the most fun basketball in the month of July is back in effect.

A record 24 teams will compete at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas between July 13-22 this summer. There will be 23 NBA teams in action, including 11 that participated in the NBA Playoffs, as well as a team of NBA D-League Select players.

As usual, NBA Summer League basketball games will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The 2012 edition of NBA Summer League will mark the eighth summer that the league has been held in Las Vegas since its inception in 2004. Each of the participating teams will play five game each, for a total of 60 contests over the course of the event’s ten days.

List of 2012 NBA Summer League teams:

Atlanta Hawks (2010)*
Boston Celtics (2004-07)*
Charlotte Bobcats (2008)
Chicago Bulls (2005, 2009-10)*
Cleveland Cavaliers (2004-10)
Dallas Mavericks (2005-10)*
Denver Nuggets (2004-10)*
D-League Select (2009-10)
Golden State Warriors (2005-10)
Houston Rockets (2006-10)
L.A. Clippers (2005-10)*
L.A. Lakers (2007-10)*
Memphis Grizzlies (2007-10)*
Miami Heat (2010)*
Milwaukee Bucks (2007-10)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2006-10)
New Orleans Hornets (2005-10)
New York Knicks (2005-10)*
Phoenix Suns (2004-10)
Portland Trail Blazers (2005-10)
Sacramento Kings (2005-10)
San Antonio Spurs (2007-10)*
Toronto Raptors (2008-10)
Washington Wizards (2004-10)

*Indicates 2011-12 NBA Playoff team.

The games will be available on NBA TV and also on digital platforms. When the NBA Summer League games schedule exists, it'll be here on

Tickets for the 2012 NBA Summer League will go on sale June 1, at 10 a.m. PDT. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for the Strip’s hottest summer event by calling 702-739-FANS, through or by visiting any UNLV ticket outlet.

Launched in 2004 as the Las Vegas Summer League, the inaugural event featured six NBA teams (Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards) playing a 13-game slate. The NBA joined forces with the original event organizers in 2007, and the summer showcase has expanded exponentially since its inception.

During the most recent competition in 2010, 22 NBA teams, including 11 playoff teams, competed in a 58-game schedule that featured 10 of the top 14 picks in the 2010 NBA Draft. will once again attend NBA Summer League and provide full coverage.

The full list of participating teams and their all-time records at NBA Summer League are listed below.

2012 NBA Summer League Participant All-Time Summer League Records

Team    	W       L       PCT     YRS IN SUMMER LEAGUE
Houston         20      5       .800    2006-10
Miami   	4       1       .800    2010
Denver  	23      11      .676    2004-10
San Antonio     12      7       .632    2007-10
Atlanta         3       2       .600    2010
New York        20      14      .588    2005-10
Boston  	12      9       .571    2004-07
Golden State    17      13      .567    2005-10
Milwaukee       11      9       .550    2007-10
Sacramento      17      14      .548    2005-10
Portland        16      15      .516    2005-10
Memphis         8       8       .500    2007-10
Washington      17      19      .472    2004-10
Phoenix         16      18      .471    2004-10
Chicago         7       8       .467    2005, 09-10
Dallas  	14      16      .467    2005-10
Toronto 	9       6       .600    2008-10
Minnesota       11      14      .440    2006-10
Cleveland       15      21      .417    2004-10
Charlotte       2       3       .400    2008
D-League Select 4       6       .400    2009-10
L.A. Clippers   11      19      .367    2005-10
L.A. Lakers     7       14      .333    2007-10
New Orleans     7       24      .226    2005-10



nba summer leaguesNBA summer leagues feature NBA teams but instead of regular season rosters, summer league rosters are typically a mix of the team's rookies, some of their younger bench players, and various unsigned players who are looking for exposure. The main benefit for fans (as well as media outlets like is to get a closer look at the top rookies and how they play against competition that is below regular NBA level but far above college.

For more explanation about NBA summer league play and what it means, scroll down to the bottom of this page. provides full 2010 NBA summer league coverage. Action starts July 5.


In the summer of 2010 there are two two NBA summer leagues: The main official Vegas Summer Basketball League, run by the NBA and by far the biggest and most important. And the Orlando Summer Basketball League, run by the Orlando Magic (and of course open to other teams), with fewer teams and a shorter schedule, but also featuring legit NBA summer league squads.


Orlando Summer League
When: July 5-9
Where: RDV Sportsplex, Orlando Florida
Teams: Charlotte, Utah, Indiana, Orlando, Boston, OKlahoma City, New Jersey, Philadelphia
Schedule/Results: Click here.

Vegas Summer League
When: July 9-18
Where: The two UNLV arenas: Cox Pavilion, and Thomas and Mack
Teams: 22 NBA summer league teams, plus the D-league Select team
Schedule/Results: Click here.



In the summer of 2009 there are only two NBA summer leagues: The main official Vegas Summer Basketball League, run by the NBA and by far the biggest and most important. And the Orlando Summer Basketball League, run by the Orlando Magic, with fewer teams and a shorter schedule, but also featuring legit NBA summer league squads.


Orlando Summer League
When: July 6-10
Where: RDV Sportsplex, Orlando Florida
Teams: Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and a split squad between the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.
Schedule/Results: Click here.

NBA Summer League (Vegas)
When: July 10-19
Where: Two different UNLV arenas: Cox Pavilion, and Thomas and Mack
Teams: 21 NBA summer league teams: Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Washington, and an NBA D-League Select team.
Schedule/Results: Click here.



Rocky Mountain Revue
When: July 18-25
Where: Salt Lake Community College (Redwood Campus) Lifetime Activities Center (LAC)
Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, plus a D-League All-Star team and the 2007 FIBA Asian Champion
Schedule/Results: Click here.

The best non-NBA summer league last played in 2007

Summer Pro League (SPL)
When: No 2008 league?
Where: Pyramid in Long Beach, California
Teams: No NBA teams last year year but plenty of former and current NBA, CBA, D-League, ABA and overseas players
Schedule/Results: Click here.


NBA summer leagues feature rosters that are different from the regular season. A team's summer league roster usually features a mix of (1) rookies that the team just drafted, (2) a few other players signed to that team, and (3) various undrafted players and free agents looking to get signed to that team or any other team. If a player is a free agent, and that player gets invited to play on a certain summer league team, that team obviously has some interest in him, but the player is hoping to get signed to that team or any other team that happens to be impressed by him.

If you are a member of the Boston Celtics, and you play summer league, you'll be on Boston's team. If you are not currently signed to any NBA team, a team might just sign you for their summer league team, and you're trying to get signed to a real, regular season NBA contract from any team in the league, including the team that you're playing summer league for.

NBA summer leagues are great for seeing how various rookies play as well as watching guys compete for NBA jobs.

In NBA summer league play wins-losses don't really matter. These aren't regular season rosters. It's really all about the individual player performances. Some of these players are fighting to prove themselves worthy of more playing time once the regular season rolls around. Others just want more experience. But a lot of NBA summer league players are jobless. These dudes need a contract. And they'll do whatever it takes.

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