Summer League is upon us! Well, not quite. It’s still three weeks away, but the NBA has released the schedule for the Las Vegas Summer League, the only league where the Nets will appear.
Who will be on the roster? A draft pick or two (unless they are international and committed to working out for their national teams or are injured.) Anthony Puccio says he’s been told the Nets picks from 2015 and 2016 will be suiting up as well. That means Caris LeVert, Isaiah Whitehead and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. It will be LeVert’s first summer league, Whitehead’s second and RHJ’s third.
This is the second year that the Nets will only play in Vegas. Other than 2008 and 2015, the Nets have only played in one, but every year but the last two, the team played in Orlando.
Las Vegas a lot of advantages: more teams to start with, making it more competitive; a tournament format: and games are played in front of paying fans, not team executives and scouts. (They’re also on NBA TV and ESPN.)
Here’s the schedule for the preliminary round. Games are played in two arenas, the Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center. We include information on where each game will be played in case anyone is considering a road trip!!
Friday, July 7
5 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Atlanta (NBA TV)
Sunday, July 9
3 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn (NBA TV)
Monday, July 10
3 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. New Orleans (ESPNU)
Teams will play three preliminary games between July 7-11 before being seeded in a tournament that starts on July 12 and concludes with the Championship Game on Monday, July 17. Each team will play a minimum of five games in Las Vegas.
Tickets for NBA Summer League 2017 are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting NBATickets.com.
A record 24 NBA teams will participate in a tournament-style format
ESPN will present all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN App, including 35 on its linear television channels. NBA TV will air 28 games.