When March Madness Ends, Start Your Summer League Prep

For the first time, all 30 NBA teams will be represented in Las Vegas.

You’re trying to tell us there’s a basketball drought after the college and pro seasons wind down?

You can’t be from Las Vegas, or you’d know we have enough hoops to hold you over for months. In fact, when the 2018 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League returns in July, we’ll have more than we’ve ever had before.

Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion will host the annual showcase, which expands to 82 games this year and features—for the first time—all 30 NBA teams (you’re welcome, Knicks fans).

The league goes to work July 6 and wraps with a championship game on July 17. Game schedules and ticket pricing will be announced at a later date.

Entering its 14th year, NBA Summer League remains one of the city’s biggest annual draws. Last year’s games drew a record 127,843 fans, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority pegged NBA Summer League’s economic impact at $20.5 million in direct visitor spending.

This will also be the first year Las Vegas hosts NBA Summer League as a pro sports city, with the Golden Knights and WNBA’s Aces on the Strip, and the Raiders on the way. So be prepared for a deluge of takes on our viability as an NBA town as well.

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