NEW YORK – A matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, owners of the first and second overall picks, respectively, in NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm, highlights the 67-game schedule at Samsung NBA Summer League 2016. The 11-day showcase of top young NBA talent will run from Friday, July 8 through Monday, July 18 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
ESPN and NBA TV will provide non-stop coverage starting on opening day, which will feature six games and begin with the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at 6 p.m. ET. Seven of the top 10 selections in NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm are scheduled to make their Samsung NBA Summer League debut on July 8, a slate that includes four teams that competed in the 2016 NBA postseason – the Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors.
The second day of action will have an additional eight games, including the potential first-ever game between the first and second selections in NBA Draft 2016 when the Sixers and Lakers face off at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center (ESPN2/ESPN3). The day will wrap up with an ESPN2 contest between the reigning NBA Summer League Champion San Antonio Spurs and NBA Finalist Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET. In all, 13 of the top 14 players selected in NBA Draft 2016 are scheduled to play in Las Vegas.
ESPN will present all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and WatchESPN. Coverage of Samsung NBA Summer League will tip off on ESPN on July 8 with opening-day clashes between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. ET and the Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans at 10:30 p.m. ET. In total, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will broadcast 25 games, including all four quarterfinal games, both semifinal games and the Championship Game on Monday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center. Fans can also log on to ESPN3, where all 67 games will be live-streamed.
NBA TV will also present a full slate of Samsung NBA Summer League action, televising a total of 30 games. The network’s coverage will begin on July 8 with an opening-day tripleheader featuring the Cavaliers and Bucks at 6 p.m. ET followed by the Hawks against the Rockets at 8 p.m. ET and the Sacramento Kings vs. the Raptors at 10 p.m. ET.
The 24-team field at Samsung NBA Summer League 2016 is composed of 11 playoff teams from the 2015-16 NBA season, 12 teams with lottery picks in NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm and an NBA Development League Select Team. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 8-12 before being seeded in a tournament that starts on July 13 and concludes with the Championship Game on July 18. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.
Samsung NBA Summer League has long served as the launch pad for future NBA stars. Two-time Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of Golden State played in Las Vegas before his first season, as did the last two Kia NBA Rookies of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns (2015-16 winner) and Andrew Wiggins (2014-15) of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Top prospects for the June 23 draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., include Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Dragan Bender, California forward Jaylen Brown, Washington forward Marquese Chriss, Providence guard Kris Dunn, Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield, Duke forward Brandon Ingram, Kentucky guard Jamal Murray and LSU forward Ben Simmons.
Samsung, the official mobile device, tablet and television partner of the NBA, WNBA and NBA D-League, is the title partner of NBA Summer League for the third consecutive year. Through this partnership, Samsung provides technology solutions which power the Summer League.
Tickets for Samsung NBA Summer League are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting NBATickets.com.
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