NBA Summer League
There will be three NBA summer leagues in 2016. The main NBA summer league is still in Vegas (see 2016 Las Vegas Summer League Basketball and is by far the biggest of the bunch. Vegas is also the only NBA Summer League that is actually operated by the league. The others are operated by individual teams, though they generally work the same way as the big Vegas league. Just on a smaller scale.
Vegas action in 2016 will run from July 8 through July 18.
Once again, NBA Summer League action returns to Orlando (details: Orlando Summer Basketball League). Ten teams are playing. The 2016 NBA summer league dates for Orlando are July 2-8.
And, a little bit of summer league action, involving just four teams, returns to Utah. The Jazz used to host the Rocky Mountain Revue, but the league disappeared. But as of the summer of 2015, the league was reborn, now named the Utah Summer Basketball League. It's back again this summer. Utah league dates are July 4, 5 and 7, 2016.
We'll post more info on NBA summer leagues soon. Mainly the team lists and player rosters.
ABOUT NBA SUMMER LEAGUES
NBA summer leagues feature rosters that are different from the regular season. A team's summer league roster usually features a mix of (1) rookies that the team just drafted, (2) a few other players signed to that team, and (3) various undrafted players and free agents looking to get signed to that team or any other team. If a player is a free agent, and that player gets invited to play on a certain summer league team, that team obviously has some interest in him, but the player is hoping to get signed to that team or any other team that happens to be impressed by him.
If you are a member of the Boston Celtics, and you play summer league, you'll be on Boston's team. If you are not currently signed to any NBA team, a team might just sign you for their summer league team, and you're trying to get signed to a real, regular season NBA contract from any team in the league, including the team that you're playing summer league for.
NBA summer leagues are great for seeing how various rookies play as well as watching guys compete for NBA jobs.
In NBA summer league play wins-losses don't really matter. These aren't regular season rosters. It's really all about the individual player performances. Some of these players are fighting to prove themselves worthy of more playing time once the regular season rolls around. Others just want more experience. But a lot of NBA summer league players are jobless. These dudes need a contract. And they'll do whatever it takes.
FORMER LEAGUES THAT NO LONGER EXIST
- Rocky Mountain Revue (league is back, but under a new name. See above.)
- Summer Pro League (SPL) (They played at the Pyramid in Long Beach, California. This was NOT an "NBA" summer league. It was just an extremely good league with tons of former NBA and very good college ballers.)