The Las Vegas Summer League played its inaugural season in 2004 on the campus of UNLV with six NBA teams – Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards -- playing 13 total games. Started by a group of businessmen, led by Warren LeGarie, the NBA attached its name to the event in 2007, after three successful summers in which participation grew to 16 teams playing over 40 games at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.

2004 (Reebok Vegas Summer League): The Suns’ entry was the only undefeated team (3-0); Denver’s Nikoloz Tskitishvili averaged a league-high 25.7 points; Cleveland’s Lonnie Jones paced the league in rebounds with 12.7 per game; and Washington’s Steve Blake and Orlando’s Jameer Nelson tied for the league-lead in assists at 6.2 per game.

Teams: Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Orlando, Phoenix and Washington.

2005 (Reebok Vegas Summer League): With the league expanded to 16 teams, the Cavs’ entry went undefeated (6-0), the lone team to do so; New Orleans’ J.R. Smith paced the summer session in scoring (20.6 ppg); Dallas’ Josh Powell led in rebounding (9.8 rpg); and Portland’s Sebastian Telfair dished the most assists (6.0 apg).

Teams: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, L.A. Clippers, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento and Washington.

2006 (Toshiba Vegas Summer League): The Houston Rockets were the only team to win all its games (5-0); Minnesota’s Randy Foye led in scoring (24.8 ppg); the Los Angeles Clippers’ James Singleton was the leading rebounder (13.2 rpg); and Houston’s John Lucas paced the league in assists (7.6 apg). Foye earned Most Valuable Player honors, averaging 24.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Teams: Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, L.A. Clippers, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento and Washington.

2007 (NBA Summer League presented by adidas): The Chinese National team became the first international team to participate in the league;  The New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks each went a perfect 5-0; Phoenix’s Louis Williams led the league in scoring at 25.2 ppg – teammate Marcus Banks averaged 42.0 but appeared in only one game; Detroit’s Amir Johnson grabbed the most boards (12.0 rpg); and Phoenix’s DJ Strawberry led in assists (6.4 apg).  The Knicks’ Nate Robinson earned Most Outstanding Player honors with averages of 19.6 points and 6.0 assists.

Teams: Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Seattle Washington and Team China Basketball.

2008 (NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS): The league expanded to 22 NBA teams. The Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks tied for a league best 4-1; Portland’s Jerryd Bayless was named the T-Mobile NBA Summer League Top Rookie and led the league in scoring with 29.8 ppg; Minnesota’s Kevin Love lead the league in rebounds with 13.5 rpg and Milwaukee’s Ramon Sessions led the league in assists with 7.3 apg.

Teams: Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Toronto, Washington.

2009 (NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS): The NBA D-League Select Team participated in the desert classic for the first time along with 21 NBA teams. The Houston Rockets and the Memphis Grizzles each went a perfect 5-0; Golden State’s Anthony Randolph led the league in scoring with 26.8 ppg; Joey Dorsey of the Houston Rockets was the leading rebounder with 14.8 rpg; Brandon Jennings (MIL), and Marcus Williams (MEM) led the league In assists with 8.2 apg; First round draft choice, Blake Griffin earned MVP honors averaging 19.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game; Minnesota’s Jonny Flynn earned the T-Mobile Rookie of the Month award for July averaging 15.0 points, 7.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Teams: Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, NBA D-League Select Team, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Washington.