Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (left) defends Austin Daye of the Detroit Pistons in a NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas. (GETTY IMAGES)

After taking a year off because of the lockout, the NBA Summer Pro League returns to Las Vegas. A record 24 teams are competing in a 60-game schedule July 13-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The summer league will showcase several of the first-round picks in the NBA draft, including No. 1 overall selection Anthony Davis, No. 2 pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson. The action tips off at 1 p.m. PT, Friday, July 13, with the Atlanta Hawks playing the Washington Wizards in the first of four scheduled games that day at Cox Pavilion. Other teams participating in opening day action include the Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors.  Gatorade will support the summer league and serve as an Associate Partner. NBA TV will televise all 60 games, including 39 live from both the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.

“NBA Summer League provides fans from around the league the unique opportunity to see some of the NBA’s brightest young stars competing in one location in a family-friendly environment,” said Gail Hunter, NBA senior vice president of events and attractions.

Exciting games featuring the NBA’s newest talent have always been a staple at NBA Summer League. Six of the last seven NBA Rookie of the Year Award winners have joined their teams in Las Vegas including: Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets, 2005-06), Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers, 2006-07), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City, 2007-08), Tyreke Evans (Sacramento, 2009-10), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers, 2010-11) and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers 2011-12).

Additional teams participating in the event include the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors. The Boston Celtics and Bobcats, who have not participated in the event since 2007 and 2008, respectively, will make their returns to Las Vegas this year.

Tickets for the 2012 NBA Summer League are on sale and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS, through or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office and UNLV Ticket Outlets. All general admission tickets are $25 for the day; seniors and children (3-12) are $15 for the day; and children two years and under are admitted free of charge.    

2012 NBA Summer League Game Schedule:

All Times listed are PACIFIC. 

Friday July 13

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Atlanta vs. Washington

3 PM – Houston vs. Toronto

5 PM – Golden State vs. LA Lakers

7 PM – Sacramento vs. Charlotte

Saturday July 14 

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Memphis vs. New York

3 PM – Golden State vs. Denver

5 PM – LA Lakers vs. Sacramento

7 PM – Houston vs. Washington

Sunday July 15

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. Phoenix

3 PM – Denver vs. Dallas

5 PM – San Antonio vs. Atlanta

7 PM – Washington vs. NBA D-League

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Toronto vs. Miami

5:30 PM – Cleveland vs. Charlotte

7:30 PM – New Orleans vs. Portland

Monday July 16

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Atlanta vs. Boston

3 PM – Dallas vs. Toronto

5 PM – Cleveland vs. NBA D-League

7 PM – LA Clippers vs. Minnesota

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Houston vs. Sacramento

5:30 PM – LA Lakers vs. Miami

7:30 PM – Milwaukee vs. New Orleans

Tuesday July 17

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Denver vs. New York

3 PM – Washington vs. Memphis

5 PM – Portland vs. Houston

7 PM – Chicago vs. Boston

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – San Antonio vs. LA Lakers

5:30 PM – Cleveland vs. Phoenix

7:30 PM – Minnesota vs. Charlotte

Wednesday July 18

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Milwaukee vs. Washington

3 PM – Chicago vs. Houston

5 PM – Atlanta vs. Dallas

7 PM – San Antonio vs. LA Clippers

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Sacramento vs. Toronto

5:30 PM – New Orleans vs. Phoenix

7:30 PM – Golden State vs. Miami 

Thursday July 19

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. Toronto

3 PM – Portland vs. Atlanta

5 PM – Cleveland vs. Minnesota

7 PM – NBA D-League vs. Milwaukee

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Boston vs. Sacramento

5:30 PM – LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers

7:30 PM – Charlotte vs. Denver

Friday July 20

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. Cleveland

3 PM – Denver vs. Portland

5 PM – Miami vs. San Antonio

7 PM – NBA D-League vs. Phoenix

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Memphis vs. Charlotte

5:30 PM – Chicago vs. Golden State

7:30 PM – Dallas vs. New Orleans

Saturday July 21

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Portland vs. Miami

3 PM – Dallas vs. San Antonio

5 PM – NBA D-League vs. Minnesota

7 PM – Memphis vs. Phoenix 

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Golden State vs. New Orleans

5:30 PM – Chicago vs. LA Clippers

7:30 PM – Milwaukee vs. Boston

Sunday July 22

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Chicago vs. Milwaukee

3 PM – Boston vs. LA Clippers

5 PM – Memphis vs. Minnesota

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