The 2021-22 season may be over, but fans won’t have to wait for long to watch more basketball action with the NBA Summer League 2022 coming real soon.
All 30 NBA teams will participate in what is officially called the NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022, bringing a total of 75 games in a span of 11 days. That means jam-packed basketball action for over a week, with some of the brightest and up-and-coming NBA stars set to feature.
Of course all eyes will be on the Golden State Warriors, with James Wiseman expected to feature for the 2022 champions. The 2022 Draft Class–headed by Chet Holmgrem, Jabari Smith and Paolo Banchero–are also set to star to give fans a preview of what they can accomplish on basketball’s biggest stage.
Here’s everything you need to know about the NBA Summer League 2022, from its start date, schedule of games and where to watch.
NBA Summer League 2022 Start Date And Full Schedule
The NBA Summer League 2022 starts on July 7. As mentioned, it spans 11 days where 75 games will be played between the 30 participating NBA teams.
Furthermore, the championship round is scheduled on July 17, with all games to be played at the Thomas & Mack Center as well as Cox Pavilion in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Interestingly, the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets are scheduled to open the festivities with a showdown. The Magic have the top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, while the Rockets pick third. That means that if both of their top selections are available to play, fans will quickly get to see some of the top players from this year’s class.
Here’s the full list of schedule for the NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022:
Here’s the complete NBA Summer League 2022 schedule, via @NBA
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NBA Summer League 2022 TV Schedule: Where To Watch
According to NBA.com, ESPN and NBA TV will air the games live. Fans can also stream the matches through the ESPN App.
ESPN will broadcast the Magic-vs-Rockets and Detroit Pistons-vs-Portland Trail Blazers double-header on July 7. Meanwhile, NBA TV will begin its live coverage on Day 2, with the Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, The Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Hornets among the notable teams to have a scheduled contest that day.
NBA Summer League 2022 Format, Tiebreaker Rules
The 30 participating teams will play five games each in the competition. There won’t be a postseason or second round of sorts, with each team needing to win as much as they can in order to claim the top two in the seedings.
Basically, the two teams with the best record will play in the championship round.
Here’s the complete NBA Summer League 2022 format, courtesy of NBA.com,
- All 30 NBA teams will participate in the NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022 from July 7-17 in Las Vegas.
- A total of 75 games will be played in the 11-day competition.
- Each team will play a total of five games.
- Each team will play four games from July 7-15.
- The top two teams from their first four games will play in the Championship Game on July 17. Seeding for the Championship Game will be determined by winning percentage.
- The 28 teams not playing in the Championship Game will play a fifth game on either July 16 or 17.
- Consolation games will be determined by various factors, including team rivalries, broadcast interest and other scheduling considerations (eg, timing of back-to-backs).
Of course since there is a huge possibility of teams ending up in a tie record-wise, the league has also clarified the tie-breaker rules. If there are only two teams tied, the league will first consider the head-to-head matchup between them–albeit if it’s only applicable. The team who won the said meeting will receive the higher seed.
The second tie-breaker rule is using point-differential. Whichever team has the greater point differential receives the higher seeding.
In case there are more than two teams that end up tied in the standings, the league will first consider the point differential.
If in both instances the teams remain tied, there will be a “random drawing” to determine the seeding. The said random draw will be done via coin flip.
2022 California Classic and Salt Lake City Summer Leagues
Before the NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022, thought, the Warriors will host the annual California Classic at Chase Center. The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings are scheduled to participate.
Meanwhile, the Jazz will once again host the Salt Lake City Summer League, in which the franchise will be playing against the Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
The California Classic and Salt Lake City Summer Leagues are scheduled to start from July 2 to July 7, just before the NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022 gets fully underway.