A record 24 teams will compete at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this summer, the NBA announced Thursday. From July 13- 22, 23 NBA teams, including 11 that participated in the NBA Playoffs, as well as a team of NBA D-League Select players will compete at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
The 2012 competition 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 10 days. Gatorade will support the 2012 NBA Summer League and serve as an Associate Partner.
The 2012 field for NBA Summer League (years participated):
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. A complete schedule of games and broadcast information will be released at a later date.
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 UNLVtickets.com 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.
Here's the full list of participating teams and their all-time records at NBA Summer League:
2012 NBA Summer League lineup
Will be a nice stop gap and hype beast for this years crop of rooks, lol. Not to mention it is always cool to see foreign players and other young guns. Oh, the list of Summer League wonders. Here is a blast from the past:
- Marco Belinelli, Golden State Warriors: Killed it in Warriors summer league, had a 37 point game
- Jerryd Bayless, Portland Trail Blazers: 2008 Summer League MVP, I believe. He was a killer.
- Niko Tskitishvili, New York Knicks: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jul/15/once-declared-nba-bust-tskitishvili-back-prove-him/
- Qyntel Woods, Portland Trail Blazers: 2003 All-Revue team at the Rockey Mountain Revue, after putting up 28 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2 apg. Z-Bo I think was MVP, but Woods was giving off signs of life.
- Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics: He was obviously a good one. I remember him playing summer league for some reason after his first or second season and just crushing it.
- Jumaine Jones, Philadelphia 76ers: Averaged 19.7 and 7.5 to make All-League at Shaw's after I believe his second season. Raja Bell won MVP, btw.
- Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards: Kwame was not an IMMEDIATE bust. At least I remember him having a strong summer league before his rookie season. Put up 15.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2 bpg in Shaw's 2001, named to the All-Tournament team. (http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sl2001_leagueleaders.html)
Know I am leaving many out. Know that John Wall did well. Remember LeBron James being alright, not really killing it. Think it is a fun way to watch new players and always creates some hype for some guys. Just know that you can't always assume Summer League will mean immediate roster impact. Or on the contrary, if a player has a bad Summer League they are doomed. Petteri Kopponen (sp?) looked more NBA ready to me than Nico Batum in 2008, with Bayless of course looking excellent. Either way, Nico is where he is, Kopponen has yet to play a NBA game and Jerryd still has yet to really come into his own.
The shooting guard list includes Leandro Barbosa, Mickael Pietrus, Josh Howard, Michael Redd and Marquis Daniels.
The Lakers visited their avid fans an hour east of Los Angeles with just 60 percent of their projected starting lineup in uniform. Bryant sat out to rest a strained right shoulder, and Howard isn't playing during his deliberate return from offseason back surgery
“He definitely has the tools to be a really good big man,” Greg Monroe said. “As far as the mental part of the game, he has a ways to go, but as far as the physical skills, he is one of those guys who, any ceiling he reaches, you won’t be surprised because of the physical tools he is blessed with.”
The Blazers finished last season 28-38 and out of the playoffs for the first time in four years. They dismissed head coach Nate McMillan and let go of some of their more veteran players, choosing to build around Aldridge and swingman Nicolas Batum.
''I'm excited about my game, really. I feel that (Stotts') offense is tailored more to the elbow and that's what I've worked on this summer,'' Aldridge said. ''So I'm excited about showing people that I've gotten better.''
Green led the Celtics with 13.9 points in 29.3 minutes per night. He rebounded well (4.9 rebounds per game), played good defense (1.0 blocks per game and .5 steals per game) and kept his fouls in check (1.9 per game) while playing both small and power forward.
“I think I’ve been the only guy [on this team] who’s been cut from their high school team, their professional team, an overseas team,” Green said. “It’s crazy, but I was cut from my high school team, but I was a McDonald’s All-American. I got drafted first round by Boston, a first-round pick, but I was cut from the NBA twice, and I was just cut by the Rockets. Then I went overseas for three years and was cut. Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve been cut, and I played in the D-League twice.”
“He tells me all the time, you can’t be nice around this league,” Smith said. “You’ve got to go hard, be mean and not show weakness. You’ve got to earn your spot in this league, and that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Hopefully it’s enough to get him a roster spot. There’s not a whole lot more he can do to make the team. The stats have been strong, the team has a need for an extra center, and he’s got a perfect attitude and work ethic. Houston’s roster is a bit of a mess, but Smith would be a nice addition.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers made Dion Waiters the fourth overall pick in this summer’s draft, it raised more than a few eyebrows. Most mock drafts had him going in the mid-teens, and none had him in the top five. His lackluster performance in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 12 points per game and shot 30 percent from the field, seemed to give credence to those who felt the fourth pick was too high.
When Keith Smart took over as head coach of the Sacramento Kings, he knew that there was more to the job than just putting talent together and making it work. He knew that there were hurt feelings and bad blood that needed to be soothed. The team took some important steps in the direction of redemption last season, but this year Smart took the team completely out of their element for training camp to make sure everyone was on the same page.
“We’re going to see if it gets any better these next couple of days before we do another decision,” Nowitzki said. “That’s really the only update we’ve got. There’s a little swelling in there. It makes no sense at this point of the preseason to play on a swollen knee, so we decided to see what’s going to happen here in the next couple of days.
The Houston Rockets tied up one more piece of unfinished business on Saturday night, trading disgruntled Kevin Martin to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal that landed James Harden in Houston. The Rockets also send Jeremy Lamb and future draft considerations to Oklahoma City. The Thunder also send Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston in the trade.
It’s probably not a scenario that Harden’s camp will enjoy, going from a contender to a team that is in the beginning stages of a rebuild, but with his contract potentially making him a free agent next summer, he can explore other things if he doesn’t like what he hears from the Rockets.
“It is a process for a rookie,” Casey said. “He is not that far behind because the one thing he can do that makes up for a multitude of sins is he can shoot the ball at the end of the day and that’s part of the process too. The other part is you just can’t make a three and give up a three at the other end every possession. He is learning, believe me. This doesn’t mean Terrence Ross is not going to play for us or not a part of it. He is going to be big for us. He is our future, but right now he is just a typical rookie and you could stop every play for him [to teach]. He is learning.”