Milwaukee Bucks to play San Antonio Spurs in Summer League tournament

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 08: (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 08: (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images) /

After some solid play but mixed results in Summer League so far, the Milwaukee Bucks will face the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the tournament.

As the last of the warm-up games closed out on on Tuesday night in Las Vegas, the bracket for the 2018 NBA Summer League finally fell into place and the Milwaukee Bucks’ first round opponent was revealed.

The Bucks will face the San Antonio Spurs’ Summer League squad on Thursday at 7pm CT from Cox Pavilion, with a chance to advance to the second round of the tournament for a game against either the Philadelphia 76ers or Phoenix Suns.

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Regardless of the result against the Spurs, the Bucks will have at least one more game in Las Vegas this year, as the loser of their game will play the loser of the 76ers vs Suns game in a consolation round too.

Of course, that particular draw creates a host of interesting potential matchups for the Bucks, all of which are tied into the decisions made in this year’s NBA Draft.

Prospects like Lonnie Walker, Zhaire Smith and Elie Okobo were all frequently discussed as potential options for the Bucks at No. 17, meaning that if Donte DiVincenzo can get healthy enough to make his debut, there may be an extra wrinkle of scrutiny attached to those matchups.

The Suns are particularly worth mentioning too, as with the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers getting first round byes as the top two seeds, third seeded Phoenix are the top ranked team playing in the first round and could make for an incredibly tough opponent if the Bucks do progress to round two.

If that’s to become a possibility, Milwaukee will need to tidy up some of the execution issues that have left them on the wrong side of a couple of close games, as they’ve compiled a 1-2 record to this point.

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On top of making overall improvements, the performances of D.J. Wilson and Sterling Brown will obviously be key to how much longer the Bucks’ stay in Summer League ultimately proves to be, while contributions from players like Christian Wood and Travis Trice can also elevate Milwaukee’s ceiling.