NBA Summer League
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Complete guide regarding the 2023 NBA Summer League

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The 2023 NBA Summer League will begin very soon. If you miss watching American basketball on television, this is an event not to be missed. Scheduled over 11 days, from July 7 to 17, 2023, the next edition of the Las Vegas Summer League will be the focus of all attention. Here is the complete guide to better tame this competition.

What is the NBA Summer League?

The Las Vegas NBA Summer League is a summer tournament hosted by the Great League. Each year, the thirty NBA franchises register a team. This is made up of rookies, under-contract NBA players, but also free agents wishing to land an NBA contract. Among this last category of athletes, most of them have never been drafted. They are either coming off their final NCAA season or a year in the G-League or Europe.

All NBA stars have already participated in the Summer League. This summer competition is a must for rookies. But also for the sophomores who have to win in the Great League. This is the perfect opportunity to be empowered and to show the franchise coaches that they can count on them in the coming season.

NBA scouts, recruiters and coaches from foreign clubs attend the Summer League in Las Vegas. Many players being without a contract, this professional summer league allows coaches or General Managers to find the rare pearl. The NBA Summer League can change the life of a basketball player. If he puts on his best face and impresses decision-makers, an athlete can land a lucrative contract. Most of the time, a basketball player who performs during the Las Vegas Summer League will receive an invitation to an NBA franchise’s preseason training camp.

Each team plays a total of five matches during the competition. The two NBA franchises with the best record after the first four meetings are qualified for the final. The winner wins the Summer League.

Las Vegas Summer League NBA Ticket Price

Like a regular season NBA game, the Las Vegas Summer League welcomes the public. In general, several thousand spectators attend each of the scheduled matches. NBA stars sometimes make the trip to observe their new teammates who have just been drafted. It is not uncommon, for example, to see LeBron James or Chris Paul go to Las Vegas during the tournament. The price of a day ticket to attend the NBA Summer League is very affordable. Count around 50 euros for the cheapest place. The ticket to sit in the first rows reaches up to 300 dollars a day. There is also a package to have access to all matches in the tournament. This one is marketed from 700 dollars.

How to watch the NBA Summer League from Las Vegas?

If you don’t have the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to watch the competition with your own eyes, you can still watch the games behind a screen. All Las Vegas Summer League NBA games are streamed online. Just sign up for League Pass.

NBA Summer League basketball player salary

The salaries paid to players during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas are far from the standards of the Big League. Not all participants are in the same boat. Rookies and sophomores with NBA contracts fare much better than free agents looking for a place in the sun. Indeed, players without a contract who participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas leave with a check of around $1,500. We are very far from the millions of dollars monthly that the superstars of the North American championship receive. Note that meals and accommodation are covered by NBA franchises throughout the Summer League. Teams must also pay a $15,000 registration fee to participate in this event.

2023 Las Vegas NBA Summer League game schedule

All Las Vegas NBA Summer League games are played at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion. Match times vary. Nevertheless, all confrontations take place between the beginning of the afternoon and the end of the day. The full schedule of meetings has been released by the NBA. In total, no less than 75 matches will be played in 11 days.

July 7, 2023

New Orleans Pelicans – Minnesota Timberwolves
Denver Nuggets – Milwaukee Bucks
Chicago Bulls – Toronto Raptors
Portland TrailBlazers – Houston Rockets
Cleveland Cavaliers – Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets – San Antonio Spurs
Sacramento Kings – Atlanta Hawks
Golden State Warriors – Los Angeles Lakers

July 8, 2023

Miami Heat – Boston Celtics
Dallas Mavericks – Oklahoma City Thunder
New York Knicks – Philadelphia 76ers
Detroit Pistons – Orlando Magic
Memphis Grizzlies – Chicago Bulls
Indiana Pacers – Washington Wizards
Milwaukee Bucks – Phoenix Suns
Los Angeles Clippers – Utah Jazz

July 9, 2023

Toronto Raptors – Cleveland Cavaliers
Los Angeles Lakers – Charlotte Hornets
New York Knicks – Brooklyn Nets
Detroit Pistons – Houston Rockets
Boston Celtics – Washington Wizards
San Antonio Spurs – Portland TrailBlazers
Atlanta Hawks – Denver Nuggets
New Orleans Pelicans – Golden State Warriors

July 10, 2023

Memphis Grizzlies – Cleveland Cavaliers
Phoenix Suns – Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers – Dallas Mavericks
Indiana Pacers – Orlando Magic
Minnesota Timberwolves – Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings – Los Angeles Clippers

July 11, 2023

Brooklyn Nets – Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets – Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns – New Orleans Pelicans
Portland TrailBlazers – Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls – Sacramento Kings
Washington Wizards – San Antonio Spurs

July 12, 2023

Los Angeles Clippers – Memphis Grizzlies
Minnesota Timberwolves – Atlanta Hawks
Golden State Warriors – Dallas Mavericks
Toronto Raptors – Detroit Pistons
Oklahoma City Thunder – Indiana Pacers
New York Knicks – Orlando Magic
Denver Nuggets – Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Lakers – Boston Celtics

July 13, 2023

Cleveland Cavaliers – Chicago Bulls
Philadelphia 76ers – Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets – Toronto Raptors
Miami Heat – Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets – Golden State Warriors
Charlotte Hornets – New Orleans Pelicans
Portland TrailBlazers – Orlando Magic
Minnesota Timberwolves – Sacramento Kings

July 14, 2023

Los Angeles Clippers – Philadelphia 76ers
Oklahoma City Thunder – Washington Wizards
Dallas Mavericks – Indiana Pacers
Boston Celtics – New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs – Detroit Pistons
Miami Heat – Denver Nuggets
Memphis Grizzlies – Los Angeles Lakers
Utah Jazz – Phoenix Suns

July 15, 2023

Games to be determined based on results.

July 16, 2023

Games to be determined based on results.

July 17, 2023

Games to be determined based on results.

About the author
Alan Le Bolloch

Alan Le Bolloch

Alan is the founder and photographer of 3PTSHOT! For over 10 years, he has been sharing his passion for basketball on this blog. He regularly travels to the USA to cover NBA games. Alan is also the author of the book "Create a successful website: make a living from your passion and realize your dreams".