2013 Las Vegas Summer League primer

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Ben McLemore is one of five 2013 lottery picks set to play at the Las Vegas Summer League. (David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The playoffs are a distant memory, the draft is in the books and the bulk of free agency has already been wrapped up. That can mean only one thing: Las Vegas Summer League is the only thing standing between the NBA world and its annual hibernation period in August.

Here's a quick primer on what to expect over the next two weeks.

What is it?

Las Vegas Summer League is a loosely organized, guard-dominated, defense-optional series of scrimmages between NBA teams with rosters made up mostly of rookies, second-year players, undrafted players and players who are currently plying their trade overseas. It's simultaneously a showcase for high draft picks entering their rookie seasons and an extended tryout for fringe NBA players who are hoping to fill out a roster on a minimum deal.

When is it?

Las Vegas Summer League begins at 1 p.m. PT on Friday and runs until July 22, when a championship game will be played.

Which teams will be there?

Twenty-one NBA teams and a D-League Select team will compete. The NBA teams are the Blazers, Bobcats, BucksBulls, Cavaliers, ClippersGrizzliesHawksHeatKingsKnicksLakersMavericks, Nuggets, PelicansRaptors, Spurs, SunsTimberwolvesWarriors and Wizards.

The nine teams not present -- the Celtics, Jazz, Magic, Nets, Pacers, Pistons, Rockets, Sixers and Thunder -- all competed in this week's scaled-down Orlando Summer League.

Which lottery picks from the 2013 draft will be there?

The 2013 lottery field in Vegas won't actually be that deep because of injuries and because a number of picks competed in Orlando this week. Five are scheduled to play:

Wizards forward Otto Porter (No. 3 pick): Last year in Vegas, Bradley Beal looked NBA-ready in averaging 17.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in five games. Will Porter show a similar level of polish and preparedness right out of the gate, as expected?

Bobcats forward Cody Zeller (No. 4): Bobcats fans booed his selection on draft night. Will that prove to be "chip on the shoulder" material? Will he be able to unveil his big-time draft-combine testing numbers in this setting?

Kings guard Ben McLemore (No. 7): Vegas is no country for passive players and that's been the knock on McLemore. This will be a nice proving ground, as he will get every opportunity to showcase his scoring abilities with as many shots as he can stomach.

Blazers guard CJ McCollum (No. 10): The Blazers plan to feature him as a third guard next season. The Lehigh product hasn't played five-on-five in months because of a foot injury. Can he demonstrate the ability to create scoring opportunities for himself and others? How thick is the rust after all that time off?

Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad (No. 14): This is a bit of a homecoming for Muhammad, who played his high school basketball at Bishop Gorman in Vegas. It will not bode well for Muhammad's future prospects if the the score-first, score-second, score-third wing doesn't stand out in this setting.

Which 2013 lottery picks won't be there?

Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett (No. 1 pick, shoulder injury)

Magic guard Victor Oladipo (No. 2, played in Orlando)

Suns center Alex Len (No. 5, ankle injury)

Sixers center Nerlens Noel (No. 6, knee injury; Sixers played in Orlando)

Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (No. 8, played in Orlando)

Jazz guard Trey Burke (No. 9, played in Orlando)

Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams (No. 11, played in Orlando)

Thunder center Steven Adams (No. 12, played in Orlando)

Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (No. 13, played in Orlando)

Which 2012 lottery picks will be there?

It's quite common for second-year players to get run at Vegas, and a number of 2012 lottery picks are on rosters this year. Here's the list:

Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (No. 2 pick)

Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters (No. 4)

Blazers forward Thomas Robinson (No. 5)

Blazers guard Damian Lillard (No. 6)

Raptors guard Terrence Ross (No. 8)

Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (No. 10)

Blazers center Meyers Leonard (No. 11)

Suns guard Kendall Marshall (No. 13)

Bucks forward John Henson (No. 14)

Lillard isn't expected to play much, if at all, which makes sense given that he won the Rookie of the Year award and logged an NBA-high 3,167 minutes in 82 games last season.

What is the format?

This year will be the debut of a tournament-style round that will end in a championship game. It's unclear how seriously teams will take the extra competitive incentive. A good guess: not very seriously. But focus and intensity can drag as the summer league progresses, so a little extra carrot here is a worthy experiment.

One big potential impact: how coaches decide to manage their rotations in light of the new rules. The top players often sit out the last few days of summer league, opting to avoid injury once their teams have seen enough. Will the lure of a tournament keep the top talent in for all five games? Will that in turn diminish the opportunities for the fringe guys who usually enjoy some extra playing time in the closing days?

How can I watch?

NBA TV will be televising games (daily schedule here or see below) and the league has set up a $14.99 subscription service to stream games online.

Here is the complete schedule for Las Vegas Summer League. (All times listed are Pacific; *indicates broadcast live on NBA TV.)

Friday July 12

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. New Orleans (Game 1)*

3 PM – Atlanta vs. LA Clippers (Game 2)*

5 PM – Cleveland vs. LA Lakers (Game 3)*

7 PM – Charlotte vs. San Antonio (Game 4)*

Saturday July 13

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Golden State vs. Washington (Game 5)*

3 PM – Sacramento vs. Dallas (Game 6)*

5 PM – Chicago vs. Memphis (Game 8)*

7 PM – Denver vs. Milwaukee (Game 10*

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Minnesota vs. NBA D-League (Game 7)

5:30 PM – Phoenix vs. Portland (Game 9)

7:30 PM – Miami vs. Toronto (Game 11)

Sunday July 14

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. Washington (Game 12)*

3 PM – Charlotte vs. Dallas (Game 14)*

5 PM – Cleveland vs. Memphis (Game 16)*

7 PM – Atlanta vs. Miami (Game 18)*

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – LA Clippers vs. NBA D-League (Game 13)

3:30 PM – LA Lakers vs. Portland (Game 15)

5:30 PM – New Orleans vs. Milwaukee (Game 17)

7:30 PM – San Antonio vs. Toronto (Game 19)

Monday July 15

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. Charlotte (Game 20)*

3 PM – Cleveland vs. New Orleans (Game 21)*

5 PM – LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers (Game 23)*

7 PM – San Antonio vs. Atlanta (Game 25)*

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Minnesota vs. Phoenix (Game 22)

5:30 PM – Sacramento vs. Golden State (Game 24)

7:30 PM – Chicago vs. Denver (Game 26)

Tuesday July 16

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Minnesota vs. Miami (Game 27)*

3 PM – Sacramento vs. Toronto (Game 28)*

5 PM – Chicago vs. Portland (Game 30)*

7 PM – Denver vs. Washington (Game 32)*

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Golden State vs. Milwaukee (Game 29)

5:30 PM – Phoenix vs. Memphis (Game 31)

7:30 PM – Dallas vs. NBA D-League (Game 33)

Wednesday July 17

COX Pavilion

3 PM – #11 Seed vs. #22 Seed (Game 34)*

5 PM – #13 Seed vs. #20 Seed (Game 36)*

7 PM – #15 Seed vs. #18 Seed (Game 38)*

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – #12 Seed vs. #21 Seed (Game 35)

5:30 PM – #14 Seed vs. #19 Seed (Game 37)

7:30 PM – #16 Seed vs. #17 Seed (Game 39)

Thursday July 18

COX Pavilion

1 PM – #7 Seed vs. #10 Seed (Game 40)*

3 PM – #6 Seed vs. Winner of Game 34 (Game 42)*

5 PM – #4 Seed vs. Winner of Game 36 (Game 44)*

7 PM – #2 Seed vs. Winner of Game 38 (Game 46)*

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM - #8 Seed vs. #9 Seed (Game 41)

3:30 PM – #5 Seed vs. Winner of Game 35 (Game 43)

5:30 PM – #3 Seed vs. Winner of Game 37 (Game 45)

7:30 PM – #1 Seed vs. Winner of Game 39 (Game 47)

Friday July 19

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Game 34 Loser vs. Game 35 Loser (Game 48)*

3 PM – Game 36 Loser vs. Game 37 Loser (Game 49)*

5 PM – Game 40 Loser vs. Game 41 Loser (Game 50)*

7 PM – Game 44 Loser vs. Game 45 Loser (Game 51)*

Thomas & Mack

3:30 PM – Game 38 Loser vs. Game 39 Loser (Game 52)

5:30 PM – Game 42 Loser vs. Game 43 Loser (Game 53)

7:30 PM – Game 46 Loser vs. Game 47 Loser (Game 54)

Saturday July 20

Thomas & Mack

1 PM – Game 40 Winner vs. Game 46 Winner (Game 55)*

3 PM – Game 42 Winner vs. Game 45 Winner (Game 56)*

5 PM – Game 41 Winner vs. Game 47 Winner (Game 57)*

7 PM – Game 43 Winner vs. Game 44 Winner (Game 58)*

Sunday July 21

Thomas & Mack

3 PM – Game 55 Winner vs. Game 56 Winner (Game 59)*

5 PM – Game 57 Winner vs. Game 58 Winner (Game 60)*

Monday July 22

Thomas & Mack