11th year of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas follows record-setting 2014 edition
POSTED: May 18, 2015 3:39 PM ET
The Sacramento Kings celebrate winning the 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League Championship.
NEW YORK — The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks, who both earned the top playoff seeds in their respective conferences with the best regular seasons in franchise history, headline the list of 24 teams set to compete in the Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 from July 10-20 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.
Last year, the Sacramento Kings won the Samsung NBA Summer League Championship to complete an 11-day, 67-game event that set all-time records for attendance, NBA TV viewership, digital consumption on NBA.com and NBA Mobile, and overall merchandise sales. Last summer was the second time that Samsung NBA Summer League included a tournament-style schedule and culminated with a Championship Game, a format that will be used for the third consecutive year.
This year's event will feature 14 playoff teams from the 2014-15 NBA season -- including all four Conference Finalists in Golden State, Atlanta, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets -- and top picks from the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 25. Nine teams entered in the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery, which is set for Tuesday, May 19, will appear at Samsung NBA Summer League. The full list of participating teams is attached.
Samsung NBA Summer League has a rich history of showcasing the NBA's future stars. Stephen Curry of Golden State and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the last two winners of the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, competed in Las Vegas before their rookie seasons, as did 2014-15 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves, whose first game at Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 (where he played for the Cavaliers) was the second-most-viewed NBA Summer League telecast of all time.
The Warriors won the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship in 2013 with a roster that included Draymond Green, a starting forward on this season's 67-15 team and the runner-up in the voting for both the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award in 2014-15. Last summer marked the event's 10th anniversary and saw the Kings defeat the Rockets in the Championship Game. Two Sacramento players, guards Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum, finished the 2014-15 regular season in the Kings' starting lineup. Forward Donatas Motiejunas, the Rockets' second-leading scorer last summer, started 62 games for Houston this season.
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The Brooklyn Nets, who last competed in Las Vegas in 2005, and the Boston Celtics, who most recently appeared in 2012, join 21 returning NBA teams and an NBA D-League Select team this year. The Samsung NBA Summer League Champion will be crowned on Monday, July 20. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 10-14 before being seeded in a tournament running through the Championship Game. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.
NBA TV will televise Samsung NBA Summer League games from Las Vegas and offer a nightly recap show. ESPN will carry select Summer League games online, and SportsCenter will be live from Las Vegas as well. SiriusXM NBA Radio will also broadcast live from Summer League.
A complete schedule of games and broadcast information will be released at a later date. In addition, fans again will be able to watch Samsung NBA Summer League games live on NBA.com via a subscription-based package.
Tickets for the Samsung NBA Summer League will go on sale June 1 at 9 a.m. PT. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting NBATickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS. Dedicated customer service for NBATickets.com is available at (866) 357-1136 and by email.
Samsung, the official handset, tablet and television provider of the NBA, WNBA and NBA D-League, is the title partner of NBA Summer League for the second straight year.
Below is a complete list of teams that will participate in Samsung NBA Summer League 2015:
Golden State Warriors*
NBA D-League Select
New Orleans Pelicans*
New York Knicks
Portland Trail Blazers*
San Antonio Spurs*
* = 2014-15 NBA Playoff team