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22 teams confirmed for NBA Summer League in Las Vegas

May 29, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

Damian Lillard, Brian Roberts

Summer League is a chance to check out both young players and those on the fringe who are trying to make a name for themselves and earn a job on an NBA roster. Besides, it’s not like you’re doing anything else related to professional basketball from July 12th through the 22nd.

Even though we still haven’t started the NBA Finals, things move quickly from an offseason standpoint as soon as the league’s champion is crowned. We have the draft in late June, followed by the beginning of free agency in early July. And Summer League, after all of that, opens not much more six weeks from now.

The league has confirmed 22 teams as participants in this year’s event, and most of the rest not in attendance in Las Vegas will be involved in the version that takes place in Orlando on a much smaller scale.

The official release reminds us that seven of the last eight winners of the Rookie of the Year award have participated in Summer League —  Chris Paul (New Orleans, 2005-06), Brandon Roy (Portland, 2006-07), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City, 2007-08), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento, 2009-10), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers, 2010-11), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland, 2011-12) and Damian Lillard (Portland, 2012-13).

The full list of this year’s teams, along with the years each club has participated, is listed below. An asterisk indicates a team that made this year’s playoffs.

Atlanta Hawks (2010-12)*

Charlotte Bobcats (2008, 2012)

Chicago Bulls (2005, 2009-12)*

Cleveland Cavaliers (2004-12)

Dallas Mavericks (2005-12)

Denver Nuggets (2004-12)*

Golden State Warriors (2005-12)*

L.A. Clippers (2005-12)*

L.A. Lakers (2007-12)*

Memphis Grizzlies (2007-12)*

Miami Heat (2010-12)*

Milwaukee Bucks (2007-12)*

Minnesota Timberwolves (2006-12)

NBA D-League Select (2009-12)

New Orleans Pelicans (2005-12)

New York Knicks (2005-12)*

Phoenix Suns (2004-12)

Portland Trail Blazers (2005-12)

Sacramento Kings (2005-12)

San Antonio Spurs (2007-12)*

Toronto Raptors (2008-12)

Washington Wizards (2004-12)

  1. saint1997 - May 30, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Sorry why did Rose not play in the summer league?

    • 22goat22 - May 30, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      Rose was a rookie in 08.. Bulls werent in LV Summer league in 08

  2. silverbuffalo - May 30, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Doesn’t it seem strange that Vegas, of all cities, is where they take the young players to? You boys need to stay out of trouble and be back in your bunk beds by 10:00 PM ~ Not Happening! Is “The City of Sin” their “Test”?

    • brookwell2013 - May 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Ha! Actually, all the fellas in the Summer League here in LV are pretty serious about their participation in the League. They are all working hard to make an NBA roster and I can’t remember one single incident being reported the last several years. It’s hot as heck during the Summer League days and the kids workout or play in games every single day. When they are not doing that, they are in weight and strength training and almost always supervised or supposed to be somewhere. If you are around the area it’s a great way to see some amazing NBA talent at ridiclously inexpensive ticket prices.

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