After months of grueling anticipation, the NBA announced the schedule for the 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League on Thursday.
Twenty-four teams – 23 NBA squads and a D-League select team – will play in Las Vegas this summer, including the Milwaukee Bucks, who will open up against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, July 11. With Cleveland holding the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, the matchup will likely feature the top two selections.
The Bucks then face Phoenix on Sunday and Utah on Monday to round out pool play.
Per the Bucks’ official release:
For the second consecutive year, the event will feature a tournament-style schedule, culminating in the crowning of the Samsung NBA Summer League Champion on Monday, July 21. Each of the participating teams will play three games apiece from July 11-15 before being seeded in the tournament, which tips off on July 16 and runs through the Championship Game on July 21. Each team will play no fewer than five games during the event. In all, the Samsung NBA Summer League will feature 67 games scheduled over 11 days at the COX Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Milwaukee figures to be one of the more intriguing teams in Vegas. Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters – members of the 2013 draft class – are expected to participate, and adding one of Parker/Wiggins/Exum/Embiid to the mix will bring plenty of attention. Milwaukee also holds three first round selections in the 2014 draft.
Antetokounmpo didn’t participate in 2013 due to Greek National Team commitments, so this will be his first taste of summer league action, where most players are similarly inexperienced.
Last summer, the Bucks opened with two victories over the Nuggets and Pelicans before dropping three straight to Golden State, L.A. Lakers and San Antonio. The Warriors defeated the Suns to earn the inaugural summer league tournament crown behind an MVP performance from the immortal Ian Clark.