All teams to play Vegas Summer League for first time

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 31 2018 10:00 AM

Kyle Kuzma (0) of the Los Angeles Lakers scores a 3-pointer and the end of the quarter during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2017 Summer League Finals on July 17, 2017 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garrett Ellwood, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

NEW YORK -- For the first time in league history, all 30 clubs will unite for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas when the showcase for newcomers and hopefuls is staged next July.

The 14th edition of the off-season up-and-comers contests will be played July 6-17 on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

The event, which began with six teams in 2004, will expand to 82 games over 12 days as a result of the growth. Teams will compete in three preliminary games before being seeded for a tournament that culminates with a championship game.

Each team will play at least five games and some will have as many as eight.

Last year's event featured 24 teams playing 67 games and set attendance records for all games at 127,843 and a single day at 17,500.

Television viewership and views on social media also reached record levels last year, when Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball was named Most Valuable Player of the Summer League as the Lakers beat Portland in the final.

Among the hopefuls who have suited up in the event are Golden State Warriors stars and NBA Most Valuable Players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard of Charlotte and five-time All-Star Kevin Love of Cleveland.

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