Vegas 2019 NBA Summer League: Everything you need to know for Day 1 action

Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett are marquee match in day 1 of 2019 Vegas NBA Summer League, OKC Thunder tip Saturday (Photo by Michael J. LeBrecht II/NBAE via Getty Images)
Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett are marquee match in day 1 of 2019 Vegas NBA Summer League, OKC Thunder tip Saturday (Photo by Michael J. LeBrecht II/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Vegas NBA Summer League tips off with Kawhi Leonard’s decision holding up several teams rookie signings. OKC Thunder makes their debut on Saturday.

Although Summer League action began at the start of the month with a duo of three-day tourneys the main event tips off today in Vegas. The OKC Thunder didn’t participate in the smaller events, however, they’ll join all 29 peers along with Team China and Team Croatia in Vegas at the NBA Summer League.

As mentioned, leading into Vegas eight teams participated in the smaller three-day events in Salt Lake City and California. Summer League and The California Classic. Joining hosts the Utah Jazz were the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs joined hosts the Utah Jazz. Likewise, the Sacramento Kings played host at The California Classic to the LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Miami Heat.

Scores, statistics, and highlight videos from the Summer Salt Lake City League and California Classic can be viewed on

Vegas NBA Summer League:

This annual 11-day event features squads comprised of incoming rookies, existing roster sophomore talents, G-League assets, and undrafted prospects.

The tournament has grown in popularity in recent years with introductions to the new class of rookies and this year will be no exception. For fans who missed out on witnessing Zion Williamson in NCAA action, there will be ample opportunities to view this young phenomenon.

Likewise, the majority of rookies from the 2019 class will be in attendance. Opening day tips off with 20 teams playing in 10 games capped. Clearly, the main event on opening day features former Duke teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett lining up as opponents.

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NBA Summer League Schedule for Friday, July 5:

Note: all times are Eastern Standard Time, rookies expected to play in brackets. Some rookies aren’t listed mostly tied to the Kawhi Leonard decision as the Lakers can offer Leonard more money if he signs before the Anthony Davis trade is processed. Seven other teams are affected by the AD trade (see tweets below) which means a myriad of rookie signings and trades are intrinsically tied to this decision.

Detroit Pistons (Sekou Doumbouya, Deividas Sirvydis) vs. Team Croatia at 3:00 p.m. on NBA TV

Philadelphia 76ers (Matisse Thybulle, Marial Shayok) vs. Milwaukee Bucks at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2

Minnesota Timberwolves (Jaylen Nowell) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (Darius Garland, Dylan Windler, Kevin Porter) at 5:00 p.m on NBA TV

Note: Jarrett Culver not listed on Wolves roster

Miami Heat (Tyler Herro) vs. Team China at 5:30 p.m.  on ESPNU

Note: K.Z. Okpala is not listed on Heat roster

Dallas Mavericks (Isaiah Roby) vs. Brooklyn Nets (Nicolas Claxton, Jaylen Hands) at 7:00 p.m. on NBATV

LA Lakers (Talen Horton-Tucker) vs. Chicago Bulls (Coby White, Daniel Gafford) at 7:30 p.m on ESPN

Charlotte Hornets (P.J. Washington, Cody Martin, Jalen McDaniels) vs. Golden State Warriors (Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic, Eric Paschall) at 9:00 p.m. on NBATV

New York Knicks (RJ Barrett, Ignas Brazdeikis) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (Zion Williamson) at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN

Note: none of Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Marcos Louzada Silva are listed to Pelicans roster and won’t be until Kawhi Leonard makes his decision in all likelihood as the Lakers hold off processing that portion of the Anthony Davis deal but teams are supposed to have their paperwork in by Saturday, July 6th.

Orlando Magic vs. San Antonio Spurs (Keldon Johnson, Luka Samanic, Quinndary Weatherspoon)at 11:00 p.m.on NBATV

Note: Chuma Okeke is not listed on Magic roster

Phoenix Suns ( vs. Denver Nuggets at 11:30 p.m. on ESPN

Note: neither teams rookies Cameron Johnson, Ty Jerome (Suns) or Bol Bol (Nuggets) are listed on the teams rosters

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NBA Summer League Tournament Structure and Details:

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Every team will play five games with the preliminary round determining the seeding for the single elimination second round.

  • Opening Round runs from July 5 to July 11
  • Elimination Round runs from July 12 to 15

Broadcasters, streaming services:

TV: NBA TV, ESPN, (and associates ESPN 2, ESPN U)

Streaming: Streaming: fuboTV

Location and venues:

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Game locations: Two venues are used in Vegas including the Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.

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Make sure to check back with us tomorrow as TI preps you for the OKC Thunder NBA Summer League debut including what and who to watch for during the match.