Las Vegas Summer League begins Friday

The final and the largest of the three NBA summer leagues, the Las Vegas Summer League, begins play Friday, and will feature a dozen Kentucky Wildcats on various summer league rosters. Kentucky leads all schools with 12 players in the league.

Archie Goodwin (Brooklyn Nets), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), James Young (New Orleans Pelicans), Isaiah Briscoe (Philadelphia 76ers), Aaron Harrison (Philadelphia 76ers), Alex Poythress (Philadelphia 76ers), Tyler Ulis (Phoenix Suns), De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings), Dominique Hawkins (Sacramento Kings), Skal Labissiere (Sacramento Kings), Mychal Mulder (Toronto Raptors) and Isaac Humphries (Washington Wizards) are all on NBA Summer League rosters in Las Vegas. It should be noted that while Ulis is on the Suns’ summer league roster he will not play as he is still recovering from ankle surgery in May.

Former Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will make his NBA Summer League debut with the Kings on Friday. (photo by Chris Reynolds)

The 11-day, 24-team, 67-game event will run from July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. In addition to the aforementioned teams featuring former Wildcats, the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs will also compete in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Adebayo, Briscoe, Harrison and Poythress have already gotten experience in the summer league by playing in the Orlando and Utah summer leagues.

The 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Adebayo was one of the stars for the Heat in the Orlando Summer League. Adebayo posted two double-doubles in the four games he played in and finished the league fifth in scoring (17.5 points per game), second in rebounding (8.3 rebounds per game) and tied for second in blocks (2.3 blocks per game).

In three Utah Summer League games, Poythress averaged 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Harrison and Briscoe both played two games for the Sixers. Harrison put up 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game, while Briscoe averaged 5.0 points, 1.0 rebound, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals.

ESPN will present all 67 games from the Las Vegas Summer League across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN App, including 35 on its linear television channels. Additionally, NBA TV will air 28 games. In total, 63 games from Las Vegas will air across ESPN and NBA TV’s linear channels – a Las Vegas Summer League record.

Las Vegas Summer League

Dates: July 7-17
TV: NBA TV and ESPN family of networks
Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets (Archie Goodwin), Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo), Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans (James Young), Philadelphia 76ers (Isaiah Briscoe, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress), Phoenix Suns (Tyler Ulis*), Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox, Dominique Hawkins, Skal Labissiere), San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors (Mychal Mulder), Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards (Isaac Humphries) *Ulis will not play after having ankle surgery in May
Format: Teams will play three preliminary round games between July 7-11 before being seeded in a tournament that starts on July 12 and concludes with the championship game on July 17. Each team will play a minimum of five games in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Summer League Schedule

All times listed are Eastern

FRIDAY, JULY 7
Cox Pavilion

6 p.m. – Toronto vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)
8 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Atlanta (NBA TV)
10 p.m. – Houston vs. Denver (NBA TV)
Thomas & Mack
6:30 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Cleveland (ESPN2)
8:30 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)
10:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Sacramento (ESPN2)
SATURDAY, JULY 8
Cox Pavilion
4 p.m. – Washington vs. Memphis (ESPNU)
6 p.m. – Portland vs. Utah (ESPNU)
8 p.m. – Miami vs. San Antonio (ESPNU)
10 p.m. – Houston vs. Cleveland (ESPNU)
Thomas & Mack
4:30 p.m. – Dallas vs. Chicago (NBA TV)
6:30 p.m. – Toronto vs. Minnesota (NBA TV)
8:30 p.m. – Boston vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)
10:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Golden State (ESPN2)
SUNDAY, JULY 9
Cox Pavilion
4 p.m. – Atlanta vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)
6 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn (NBA TV)
8 p.m. – Utah vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV)
10 p.m. – Memphis vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)
Thomas & Mack
4:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Dallas (ESPN)
6:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. Denver (ESPN2)
8:30 p.m. – Portland vs. Boston (ESPN2)
10:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. San Antonio (ESPN2)
MONDAY, JULY 10
Cox Pavilion
4 p.m. – Atlanta vs. Chicago (ESPNU)
6 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. New Orleans (ESPNU)
8 p.m. – Denver vs. Toronto (ESPNU)
10 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. Milwaukee (ESPN2)
Thomas & Mack
4:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Washington (NBA TV)
6:30 p.m. – Houston vs. Phoenix (NBA TV)
8:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Cleveland (NBA TV)
10:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)
TUESDAY, JULY 11
Cox Pavilion
4 p.m. – San Antonio vs. Portland (NBA TV)
6 p.m. – Chicago vs. Washington (NBA TV)
8 p.m. –  Miami vs. Dallas (NBA TV)
Thomas & Mack
4:30 p.m. – Utah vs. Memphis (ESPNU)
6:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Boston (ESPN2)
8:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Minnesota (ESPN2)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12
Seeds 9-24 will play in 8 games at the below times and locations:
Cox Pavilion: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Thomas & Mack: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JULY 13
Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 12 games at the below times and locations:
Cox Pavilion: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Thomas & Mack: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, JULY 14
Losers from games on July 12 and July 13 will play at the below times and locations:
Cox Pavilion: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (ESPN Family of Networks)
Thomas & Mack: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
SATURDAY, JULY 15 – Quarterfinals
Winners from games on July 13 will play at the below times:
Thomas & Mack: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (ESPN2/ EPSNU)
SUNDAY, JULY 16 – Semifinals
Winners from games on July 15 will play at the below times:
Thomas & Mack: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MONDAY, JULY 17 – Championship 
Winners from games on July 16 will play at the below time:
Thomas & Mack: 10 p.m. (ESPN)