For the first time, all 30 teams will take part in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018. The event will take from July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
One of the highlights of the NBA offseason, Summer League allows fans to get a look at some of the best aspiring talent that the league has to offer. Top draft choices and promising young players typically compete in the tournament, which will guarantee a minimum of three games to every team. Should a team continue to advance, it could play as many as eight contests.
The Vegas Summer League will move to 12 days in order to accommodate all 82 games slated for the event. In 2017, 24 teams took part in the Vegas Summer League.
According to the NBA, the 2017 edition attracted 127,843 fans and drew single-day attendances of 17,500–both records. ESPN and NBA TV also averaged 227,000 daily viewers, which proved to be a 29% increase from 2016. A televised matchup on ESPN between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, featuring young players like Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, drew 1.1 million viewers.
The Orlando Magic announced in November of 2017 that they would no longer host the Orlando Summer League, which started in 2002. Instead, the team wanted to join the Las Vegas league.
"The pendulum is swinging toward teams playing in Vegas," Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel. “It's a level of competition and a level of exposure when more or less every team in the league is there and you're playing in front of 20,000 people as opposed to playing in a gym with a few hundred people.”
Ticket information and broadcast schedules will be announced as the event draws closer. Keep it here on AXS.com for more NBA news and tickets to select games.