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NBA Summer League schedule 2016: A look at all the action coming in July

The NBA Summer League officially kicks off Saturday with the beginning of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League before making the trek out to Utah and, eventually, Las Vegas.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Finals have barely finished reverberating through our collective minds and basketball is already upon us once again. The 2016 NBA Summer League tips off Saturday when the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League begins play and runs through Friday, July 8.

That's just the tip of the iceberg as the Summer League will head to Utah July 4-7 and then conclude in Las Vegas with a tournament running July 8-18.


The Orlando tournament will feature two teams from the Magic for the second year in a row, called Orlando White and Orlando Blue, as well as teams from Oklahoma City, Dallas, Charlotte, Indiana, New York, Detroit, Miami and the L.A. Clippers.

Games will be available to watch on NBA TV, and daily updates are available on the NBA's summer league page.

Highlighting the Orlando rosters are their last three second-round draft picks -- Devyn Marble, Tyler Harvey and Stephen Zimmerman. The Magic traded their first-round pick in the draft to the Thunder so they won't have a first-rounder playing in the Summer League for the first time in four years. Mario Hezonja is not on the roster either -- he is playing for Croatia as they attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Their full rosters are available here.

The L.A. Clippers' roster is highlighted by C.J. Wilcox, Greg Stiemsma and David Michineau, as well as Brice Johnson, who was the 25th overall pick and played for the University of North Carolina last season. Their full roster is available here.

The New York Knicks won't be showing up in Orlando with any prospects that will get many fans excited. The Knicks will be sending Ron Baker and the athletic J.P. Tokoto. They even have a Devin Booker on the roster -- just not the one Knicks fans might wish they had. The full roster is available here.

The roster for the Charlotte Hornets is headlined by Aaron Harrison, who is on a two-year contract with the Hornets, while John Brown and Tim Quarterman will also be intriguing to watch, as well as Goodluck Okonoboh. For the full roster, you can go here.

Miami will be sending several current Heat players to Orlando, including Josh Richardson, Briante Weber and Justise Winslow. They will be the only players with NBA experience on the roster, which is available here.

Dallas will not be sending Justin Anderson or recent draft pick A.J. Hammons to Orlando, though they are expected to be at the Las Vegas tournament. Satnam Singh, who was drafted in the second round in 2015, will be on the Orlando roster, as will Cory Jefferson from Baylor. Additionally, Brandon Ashley, a training camp participant for the Mavericks last fall, will be on the Orlando roster. The complete roster can be found here.

Highlighting the Indiana roster will be Joe Young, Glenn Robinson III and Rakeem Christmas, though Shayne Whittington and Georges Niang are also players to keep an eye on if you're an Indiana fan. The full roster is available here.

Detroit will be sending a few veterans to the Orlando Summer League, including Brandon Davies, Lorenzo Brown and Phil Pressey, all with three years NBA experience. Additionally, Stanley Johnson and Darrun Hilliard, who have one year of experience each, are on the roster for this week's action. You can see the full roster here.

Oklahoma City will be sending three current players and a few solid prospects to the Summer League with Mitch McGary, Cameron Payne and Josh Huestis headlining. Prospects Semaj Christon and Dakari Johnson are both second-round picks and Daniel Hamilton is a 2016 second-round selection. Absent from the roster is 2016 first-round pick Domantas Sabonis, who is focusing on helping Lithuania get to the Olympics.

The full rules of the Orlando Summer League tournament are available here.

ORLANDO SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

Saturday, July 2

Game 1: Oklahoma City vs. Dallas, 9 a.m.
Game 2: Charlotte vs. Orlando White, 11 a.m.
Game 3: Orlando Blue vs. Indiana, 1 p.m.
Game 4: New York vs. Detroit, 3 p.m.
Game 5: Miami vs. L.A. Clippers, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 3

Game 1: Indiana vs. Charlotte, 1 p.m.
Game 2: Miami vs. New York, 3 p.m.
Game 3: L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.

Monday, July 4

Game 1: Dallas vs. Orlando White, 1 p.m.
Game 2: Orlando Blue vs. Detroit, 3 p.m.
Game 3: Charlotte vs. Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 5

Game 1: Orlando Blue vs. Miami, 1 p.m.
Game 2: L.A. Clippers vs. New York, 3 p.m.
Game 3: Detroit vs. Indiana, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6

Game 1: Orlando White vs. New York, 1 p.m.
Game 2: Dallas vs. Charlotte, 3 p.m.
Game 3: Indiana vs. Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 7

Game 1: Dallas vs. Orlando Blue, 1 p.m.
Game 2: L.A. Clippers vs. Orlando White, 3 p.m.
Game 3: Detroit vs. Miami, 5 p.m.

Friday, July 8 (Championship Day)

Game 1: 6th place vs. 5th place, 8 a.m.
Game 2: 4th place vs. 3rd place, 10 a.m.
Game 3: 2nd place vs. 1st place, noon
Game 4: 8th place vs. 7th place, 2 p.m.
Game 5: 10th place vs. 9th place, 4 p.m.


The Utah Jazz only have a few teams coming to visit them starting July 4 when they hold three days of 2016 NBA Summer League games. Joining them will be the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs. There may only be four teams, but the rosters they are bringing have plenty of talent that should make the games interesting and fun.

The Jazz have a roster chock full of decent draft selections. Trey Lyles was a first-round pick in 2015 while Olivier Hanlan, Marcus Paige, Tyrone Wallace, Joel Bolomboy and Tibor Pleiss were all second-round selections. Hanlan was taken in 2015 while Paige, Wallace and Bolomboy were all 2016 selections. Pleiss, who is 26 years old,  was taken in 2010, making him the oldest player on the roster behind 27-year-old Bangaly Fofana, who was undrafted in 2010. The full roster is available here.

The Celtics will be using the summer to help improve not only incoming draft picks and last year's rookies, but a two-year player in James Young as well. Young will join 2016 draft picks Jaylen Brown, Guerschon Yabusele, Ben Benti, Demetrius Jackson and Abdel Nader on the roster, as well as last year's rookies R.J. Hunter, Terry Rozier and Jordan Mickey. The full roster is available here.

The 76ers will have a familiar face on the roster as Christian Wood will represent them in the Summer League. Wood was undrafted out of UNLV but spent plenty of on-again-off-again time in Philadelphia, including three different 10-day contracts after Jahlil Okafor was injured. He will join James Webb III of Boise State on the summer roster. The finalized roster has not been announced, but it will be available at our 76ers blog when it is.

San Antonio's roster has not been officially announced yet, but highlights so far include Alex Kirk and Cady Lalanne, who both have NBA games under their belt and plenty of reason to make some noise in the summer league. When the Spurs' roster is available, you can find it here.


Monday, July 4

Game 1: Celtics vs. 76ers, 7 p.m.
Game 2: Spurs vs. Jazz, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 5

Game 1: 76ers vs. Spurs, 5 p.m.
Game 2. Celtics vs. Jazz, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 7

Game 1: Celtics vs. Spurs, 7 p.m.
Game 2: 76ers vs. Jazz, 9 p.m.


The most highly anticipated of the 2016 NBA Summer League tournaments is no doubt the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

This year there will be 24 teams in attendance at the event, which runs July 8-18 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus.

Of the 24 teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are no doubt the headliners. Cleveland is 27-29 in summer league play over the years, while the Warriors are 34-19. Other teams joining them in Sin City are Houston (31-12), San Antonio (27-15), Boston (18-13), Phoenix (31-27), Sacramento (28-25), Chicago (19-17), Denver (29-26), Washington (30-28), Memphis (16-15), NBA D-League Select (16-15), Toronto (20-20), Miami (14-14), Utah (5-5), Brooklyn (3-3), Portland (26-27), Dallas (25-27), Milwaukee (19-22), Minnesota (21-26), Atlanta (12-16), Philadelphia (9-12), L.A. Lakers (14-27) and New Orleans (17-35).

The Las Vegas summer league will feature a tournament schedule that will end with a championship game. Last year the Spurs won the event.

This year, games will be covered by both ESPN and NBA TV, starting with the opening day games July 8 that will tip off with the NBA champion Cavaliers taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at 6 p.m. ET.

ESPN will feature all 67 games across ESPN, EPSN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and WatchESPN, starting with the 8:30 p.m. game July 8 between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets. NBA TV will present 30 games, including the opening game between Cleveland and Milwaukee.

Full rosters for many teams were not available at the time of publication, but top prospects Dragan Bender, Jaylen Brown, Marquese Chriss, Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray and Ben Simmons are all expected to play in the tournament.


Friday, July 8
Cox Pavilion
Milwaukee vs. Cleveland, 6 p.m.
Atlanta vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
Sacramento vs. Toronto, 10 p.m.

Thomas & Mack
NBA D-League vs. Memphis, 6:30 p.m. 
Minnesota vs. Denver, 8:30 p.m. 
L.A. Lakers vs. New Orleans, 10:30 p.m. 

Saturday, July 9
Cox Pavilion
Phoenix vs. Portland, 4 p.m. 
Boston vs. Chicago, 6 p.m. 
Denver vs. Memphis, 8 p.m. 
Dallas vs. Miami, 10 p.m. 

Thomas & Mack
Cleveland vs. Brooklyn, 4:30 p.m. 
Washington vs. Utah, 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.
San Antonio vs. Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 10
Cox Pavilion
Atlanta vs. Washington, 4 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Toronto, 6 p.m.
Utah vs. New Orleans, 8 p.m. 
San Antonio vs. Portland, 10 p.m.

Thomas & Mack
Milwaukee vs. NBA D-League, 4:30 p.m.
Houston vs. Sacramento, 6:30 p.m.
Chicago vs. Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix vs. Boston, 10:30 p.m.

Monday, July 11
Cox Pavilion
Milwaukee vs. Memphis, 4 p.m.
Houston vs. NBA D-League, 6 p.m.
Miami vs. Denver, 8 p.m.
Sacramento vs. New Orleans, 10 p.m.

Thomas & Mack

Brooklyn vs. Atlanta, 4:30 p.m. 
Toronto vs. Dallas, 6:30 p.m.
Cleveland vs. Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
Golden State vs. L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12
Cox Pavilion
Washington vs. Brooklyn, 4 p.m. 
Boston vs. Dallas, 6 p.m.
San Antonio vs. Chicago, 8 p.m.

Thomas & Mack
Portland vs. Utah, 4:30 p.m.
Miami vs. Phoenix, 6:30 p.m. 
Philadelphia vs. Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13
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 14
Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 13 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 15
Losers from games on July 13 and July 14 will play 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.

Saturday, July 16 - Quarterfinals
Winners from games on July 14 will play at the below times:
Thomas & Mack: 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 17 - Semifinals
Winners from games on July 16 will play at the below times:
Thomas & Mack: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Monday, July 18 -- Championship

Winners from games on July 17 will play at the below time:
Thomas & Mack: 9 p.m.