Friday afternoon the NBA released the schedule for the annual Las Vegas Summer League tournament.
The 18th edition of the Las Vegas Summer League runs for 11 days starting July 7 on the campus of the University of Las Vegas Nevada. All games are played at either the Thomas & Mack Center or the Cox Pavillion.
Each team will play four games from July 7-14. After those four games, the top four teams will advance to the playoffs and participate in the semifinals on Sunday, July 16 (4 p.m. ET on ESPN and 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2). The two winning teams from the semifinal games will meet in the championship game on Monday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
That includes the New Orleans Pelicans, who will open up against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 3:30 pm CT on Friday, July 7. That game will be played in the COX Pavillion and broadcast live on NBA TV.
|July 7||@ Minnesota Timberwolves||3:30 PM||COX||NBA TV|
|July 9||@ Golden State Warriors||9:00 PM||T&M||ESPN2|
|July 11||Phoenix Suns||7:00 PM||COX||ESPN 2|
|July 13||Charlotte Hornets||6:30 PM||COX||NBA TV|
All 76 games of the 11-day competition will air live on television on ESPN networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNews) or NBA TV. Every game will also be available to stream on the ESPN App or NBA App.
The Pelicans will likely send returnees Dyson Daniels, Kira Lewis Jr., Dereon Seabron, and EJ Liddell, along with new first round pick Jordan Hawkins, and undrafted free agents Tevian Jones and Landers Nolley II. Center Liam Robbins will not be available, but will be invited to training camp.
No announcement has been made on who will coach the Pelicans Summer League team. Last season Jarron Collins took on those duties, leading the Pelicans to a 3-2 record.
The Pelicans have had some memorable moments in Las Vegas over the past few summers. Starting with Zion Williamson and Jaxson Hayes putting on incredible dunking displays in 2019; followed by the undefeated summer of 2021 where Trey Murphy III, Naji Marshall, Herb Jones, and Jose Alvarado made their presences felt.
Last summer gave us a glimpse of Murphy’s coming out party during the regular season as he averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game.
The Pelicans have an overall record of 11-4 in Las Vegas since 2019 (the 2020 Summer League was cancelled due to the pandemic).
New Orleans could potentially see some very highly touted players in its first four games, including the second overall pick, Brandon Miller, when they play the Hornets. The Timberwolves may have one of the steals of the draft in Leonard Miller, Golden State added shooter Brandin Podziemski in the first round, while the Suns had no first rounders after their myriad of deals.
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