In a press release issued on Thursday afternoon, the Washington Wizards announced their schedule for the NBA Summer League this coming July.
This will be the first time that the Summer League has been an actual league in a sense that they will have a champion. There will be 22 NBA teams and a team of NBA D-League Select players. It will be played on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas inside the Thomas and Mack Center and COX Pavilion.
The format for the league includes a preliminary round and then tournament. Each team will play three preliminary contests before being seeded for the tournament. In total, each team is guaranteed at least five games. All in all, 67 Summer League games will be played. The tournament will conclude with a championship game on July 21.
For the Wizards, their preliminary round schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, July 12 vs Atlanta Hawks @ 4:30 PM EST in the Thomas and Mack Center
- Sunday, July 13 vs Minnesota Timberwolves @ 10:30 PM EST in the Thomas and Mack Center
- Tuesday, July 15 vs Miami Heat @ 6:30 PM EST in the Thomas and Mack Center
The Summer League will be Randy Wittman’s first look at newly acquired players, via draft, trades or free agency, in live game action. For the young players, it’s a chance to jump head-first into NBA competition. Expect to see the veteran talent, but also a healthy dose of inexperienced players as the coaching staff and front office try to get a feel for what they’ve got.
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