The NBA Summer League started in its current form about a decade and a half ago; not only do draftees participate, but you’ll also see players in their second years along with free agents from the U.S. and abroad looking to latch onto a professional roster. (In other words, don’t expect to see LeBron James or Kevin Durant participating.) Rookies taken in the second round or that weren’t drafted can stand to benefit greatly during the event.
While there are three summer leagues (in Orlando, Utah and Las Vegas), the largest and most well-known is the one in Vegas. That’s where we’ll find former Gamecock duo Sindarius Thornwell (Clippers) and PJ Dozier (Lakers) as they look to make a good first impression on their new teams - ironically, those two teams will be kicking off their summer league campaigns against each other on national television. Seeing how Thornwell and Dozier perform in somewhat of a professional setting should be fun for not only fans of those clubs, but for Gamecocks fans as well.
All games are at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada unless otherwise noted.
Clippers vs. Lakers
Friday, July 7, 8:30pm ET | TV: ESPN | Live Stream: WatchESPN.com
Celtics vs. Lakers
Saturday, July 8, 8:30pm ET | TV: ESPN | Live Stream: WatchESPN.com
Jazz vs. Clippers (Cox Pavilion)
Sunday, July 9, 8pm ET | TV: NBA TV | Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Clippers vs. Bucks (Cox Pavilion)
Monday, July 10, 10pm ET | TV: ESPN2 | Live Stream: WatchESPN.com
Lakers vs. Kings
Monday, July 10, 10:30pm ET | TV: NBA TV | Live Stream: ESPN3.com