The curtain has barely fallen on the Toronto Raptors’ title parade, but it’s already time for NBA teams to return to action in the Las Vegas Summer League.
The NBA’s annual summer extravaganza, which will feature all 30 franchises as well as the Croatian and Chinese national teams, kicks off at its traditional home in Nevada on Friday, and there are plenty of stories worthy of attention.
Chief among them is that Zion Williamson will make his debut in a New Orleans Pelicans jersey just two weeks after being selected with the No. 1 overall pick.
RJ Barrett, the third overall pick and Williamson’s former teammate at Duke, will face the first overall pick on Friday night when the New York Knicks take on the Pelicans.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Las Vegas Summer League.
When does the NBA Summer League start?
The Las Vegas Summer League kicks off Friday, July 5. The regular season will run until July 11, with the playoffs set to run from July 12 to July 15.
The tournament is not the first competition of the summer. Earlier this week, the Jazz Summer League in Salt Lake City, Utah featured the Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers.
During the same three days, the Sacramento Kings, Miami Heath, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers participated in the California Classic in Sacramento.
Where is the NBA Summer League played?
As tradition dictates, the NBA Summer League will take place in the Nevada desert. The games will take place at the Cox Pavillion and the Thomas and Mack Center, both located on the campus of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
The NBA Summer League will air on NBA TV and ESPN Channels.
Live streaming of the majority of games throughout the tournament will be available via NBA TV and ESPN digital platforms as well as fuboTV.
Here’s the full schedule for the first three days of the Summer League (every hour ET).
friday july 5th
- Detroit Pistons vs Croatia – 3 p.m., NBA TV
- Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks — 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
- Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers — 5 p.m., NBA TV
- Miami Heat vs. China – 5:30 p.m., ESPNU
- Dallas Mavericks vs. Brooklyn Nets – 7 p.m., NBA TV
- Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls – 7:30 p.m. ESPN
- Charlotte Hornets vs. Golden State Warriors — 9 p.m., NBA TV
- New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans – 9:30 p.m., ESPN
- Orlando Magic vs. San Antonio Spurs — 11 p.m. NBA TV
- Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets – 11:30 p.m., ESPN
Saturday June 6
- Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz – 3 p.m., NBA TV
- Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons — 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
- Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 5 p.m., NBA TV
- Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers — 5:30 p.m., ESPN
- Memphis Grizzlies vs. Indiana Pacers – 7 p.m., NBA TV
- Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers – 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
- Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets — 9 p.m., NBA TV
- New Orleans Pelicans vs. Washington Wizards – 10 p.m., ESPN
- China vs. Sacramento Kings – 11 p.m., NBA TV
Sunday July 7
- Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors – 12:00 p.m., ESPN
- San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte Hornets – 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
- Brooklyn Nets vs. Croatia – 4:00 p.m., NBA TV
- Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Atlanta Hawks – 5:30 p.m., ESPN2
- Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic – 6:00 p.m., NBA TV
- Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:30 p.m., ESPN
- Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat – 8:00 p.m., NBA TV
- New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns – 9:30 p.m., ESPN
- Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – 10:00 p.m., NBA TV
- Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers – 11:30 p.m., ESPN2