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NBA Las Vegas Summer League schedule release

The release of the 2017 NBA Las Vegas Summer League reveals a matchup between the top two draft picks. The Boston Celtics will face off with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Per the NBA, a record 24 teams will participate in the 11-day, 67-game competition. The event tips off with a tripleheader on NBA TV on July 7 and continues through July 17 at the Thomas Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The championship game will be on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET, broadcast for the first time on ESPN.

The championship game set its own kind of records last year as well: for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social media platforms.

Per NBA.com, below is the full schedule release.

NBA Summer League 2017 Game Schedule

(All times listed are PACIFIC)

Friday, July 7

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. – Toronto vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Atlanta (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Denver (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

3:30 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Cleveland (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Sacramento (ESPN2)

Saturday, July 8

Cox Pavilion 1 p.m. – Washington vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Portland vs. Utah (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. San Antonio (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Cleveland (ESPNU)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Dallas vs. Chicago (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Toronto vs. Minnesota (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Boston vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Golden State (ESPN2)

Sunday, July 9

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Utah vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Memphis vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Dallas (ESPN)

3:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. Denver (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Portland vs. Boston (ESPN2)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. San Antonio (ESPN2)

Monday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. Chicago (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. New Orleans (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Denver vs. Toronto (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. Milwaukee (ESPN2)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Washington (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Houston vs. Phoenix (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Cleveland (NBA TV)

7:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Tuesday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – San Antonio vs. Portland (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Chicago vs. Washington (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. Dallas (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Utah vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Boston (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Minnesota (ESPN2)

Wednesday, July 12

Seeds 9-24 will play in eight games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 13

Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 13 games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14

Losers from games on July 13 and July 14 will play at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN Family of Networks)

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, July 15

Quarterfinals winners from games on July 14 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ ESPNU)

Sunday, July 16

Semifinals winners from games on July 16 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, July 17

Championship winners from games on July 17 will play at the below time:

Thomas Mack: 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19649138/nba-las-vegas-summer-league-schedule-release

NBA Summer League schedule release

The release of the 2017 NBA Summer League reveals a matchup between the top two draft picks. The Boston Celtics will face off with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Per the NBA, a record 24 teams will participate in the 11-day, 67-game competition. The event tips off with a tripleheader on NBA TV on July 7 and continues through July 17 at the Thomas Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The championship game will be on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET, broadcast for the first time on ESPN.

The championship game set its own kind of records last year as well: for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social media platforms.

Per NBA.com, below is the full schedule release.

NBA Summer League 2017 Game Schedule

(All times listed are PACIFIC)

Friday, July 7

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. – Toronto vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Atlanta (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Denver (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

3:30 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Cleveland (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Sacramento (ESPN2)

Saturday, July 8

Cox Pavilion 1 p.m. – Washington vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Portland vs. Utah (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. San Antonio (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Cleveland (ESPNU)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Dallas vs. Chicago (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Toronto vs. Minnesota (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Boston vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Golden State (ESPN2)

Sunday, July 9

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Utah vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Memphis vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Dallas (ESPN)

3:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. Denver (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Portland vs. Boston (ESPN2)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. San Antonio (ESPN2)

Monday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. Chicago (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. New Orleans (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Denver vs. Toronto (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. Milwaukee (ESPN2)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Washington (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Houston vs. Phoenix (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Cleveland (NBA TV)

7:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Tuesday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – San Antonio vs. Portland (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Chicago vs. Washington (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. Dallas (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Utah vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Boston (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Minnesota (ESPN2)

Wednesday, July 12

Seeds 9-24 will play in eight games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 13

Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 13 games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14

Losers from games on July 13 and July 14 will play at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN Family of Networks)

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, July 15

Quarterfinals winners from games on July 14 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ ESPNU)

Sunday, July 16

Semifinals winners from games on July 16 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, July 17

Championship winners from games on July 17 will play at the below time:

Thomas Mack: 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19649138/nba-summer-league-schedule-release

Rumor Central: Devin Harris not worried regarding future with Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris is under contract for next season, but the team can waive him in the offseason and owe the 13-year NBA veteran only $1,339,662 of his $4,402,546 salary. Harris says he’s not fretting about what might happen with the Mavericks.

Rumor Central“I don’t really worry about it,” Harris told The Dallas Morning News. “Obviously, I’m in a little bit of limbo, but I’m just preparing like I’m going to be here. And if I’m not, I’m not.”

This is the first offseason in a few years that Harris will have a surgery-free summer, which allows him to work on his game ahead of training camp.

“It’s very peculiar,” Davis said regarding his contract situation. “I go about my day like I’m going to be here when October starts. And if something different happens then I’ll deal with it then.”

In 65 appearances this season, Harris averaged 6.7 points, 2.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds.

— Nick Silva

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/43298/rumor-central-devin-harris-not-worried-regarding-future-with-mavericks

Dallas icons Jason Witten, Dirk Nowitzki share secrets of success

9:27 AM ET

FRISCO, Texas — Last week there was a celebration of Tony Romo‘s career with the guest list as varied and star-studded as it could get. President George W. Bush was there. Jimmy Kimmel was there. Dirk Nowitzki was there.

It was not, however, called a retirement party. Stories were shared and laughs were had as Romo’s 14-year career with the Dallas Cowboys was remembered.

At one point during the night, Jason Witten, who caught 649 passes for 7,287 yards and 37 touchdowns from Romo, found himself talking with Nowitzki.

For years Witten and and the Dallas Mavericks star have admired each other from afar as they operated in the rarified airs of their respective sports. On this night, two of the most iconic players in Dallas talked about their approach as they enter the final years of their careers.

“You think about how he hones in on his shot what goes into it, I mean, I think we all know that he’s got a great shot, but he doesn’t just walk out there and shoot like that,” Witten said. “The details that he goes into to performing at that level and the gym rat that he is, and just the repetitions, I’m similar. I gain a lot of confidence in the individual part of practice and the footwork and the steps and the stems of the route tree. Those are things I hang my hat on.”

Nowitzki turns 39 in a week. He is entering his 20th season with the Mavericks. Witten turned 35 in May. He is entering his 15th season with the Cowboys and signed a four-year extension with the club in March.

“We just talked about work ethic, preparation, how he doesn’t like to take days off even in the offseason because he feels rusty after,” Nowitzki said. “He is loyal, puts the team first. It’s never about him. He’s so durable and dependable.”

Nowitzki is a 13-time NBA All-Star. Witten is a 10-time Pro Bowler. Four times Nowitzki was named All-NBA first team. Four times Witten has been named a first-team All Pro. Nowitzki is one of six players in NBA history to score more than 30,000 points. Witten is seventh in NFL history with 1,089 receptions, the second-most by a tight end.

“Look, every time I go out there, I’m a competitive guy and I want to win,” Witten said. “And if I don’t think I can beat that guy across from me, I don’t need to play. I have a lot of confidence in that. I don’t look at it as an age thing. It’s ‘can you perform?’ I know I can play at a high level. I know my expectations are higher than they’ve ever been. How long will it be like that? I don’t know, but I’m sure at some point I won’t be able to play up to my expectations. Right now that’s not where I’m at.”

For the first time in his career, Witten is getting ready for a season without Romo. He acknowledges it has been strange not to see his best friend every day as he had for 14 years. But he has also seen contemporaries, like DeMarcus Ware and Doug Free, retire as well. For the briefest moments after the Cowboys’ playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers in January, Witten wondered if he, too, was done.

After some reflection and a meeting with coach Jason Garrett, he was all-in.

“He’s one of the best players I’ve ever been around, a great example of how to conduct yourself as a player on the field, off the field, in the locker room, on the practice field, during the game that I’ve been very fortunate to be associated with,” Garrett said. “I think his coaches feel that way. I know his teammates feel that way. And he’s still a really, really good football player. He can play the position. The versatility he has as a receiver, as a blocker, he can do all that we ask him to do. I don’t think there’s another tight end in football like him.”

And that’s what mattered most to Witten.

“They believe, and it’s not because it’s ‘We like Witten and everthing he’s made of,’” Witten said. “It’s ‘Hey, it’s third-and-8 and we’re throwing it to that guy.’”

The Mavericks still call on Nowitzki in clutch situations. Twice last season he hit tying shots in the final 10 seconds of a game. They know to get him the ball at the top of the circle and allow him to shoot over a defender as the shot clock winds down. The process to get to that point even as Nowitzki has aged has not changed.

The process for the Cowboys to get to that point with Witten for the big third-down conversion has not changed as he has aged, either.

“I feel like I get an edge when it comes to being able to focus on the details,” Witten said. “I think Dirk is the best example of any we have known for over the last 15-20 years with how he approaches it as a 7-footer. Anyone that’s been around him says the same thing about him: It’s how he works.”

Witten’s 69 receptions were second on the team last season. It was the 13th consecutive season he caught at least 60 passes. Only Jerry Rice (17) and Tony Gonzalez (15) have more 60-catch seasons in NFL history.

Nowitzki has said he will continue to play as long as he is having fun, but he has a championship. Witten is still chasing his.

“I don’t really get caught up in ‘Hey, it’s a young team and I’m the old guy,’” Witten said. “It’s not that approach. It’s not ‘Win it for Witten.’ The standard and my goals don’t change. If anything, they’ve gotten higher as I’ve gotten older.”

ESPN NBA reporter Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas-cowboys/post/_/id/4760167/dallas-icons-jason-witten-dirk-nowitzki-share-secrets-of-success

Rumor Central: Mavs to use summer to evaluate DeAndre Liggins

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived guard DeAndre Liggins late in the 2016-17 NBA regular season on April 9. Two days later, he joined the Dallas Mavericks after they made a successful waiver claim of his contract. According to Mavs.com, management and the coaching staff will evaluate Liggins over the next few months to determine if he has a shot to make their 2017-18 opening roster.

Rumor CentralThe Mavericks will own Liggins’ rights next season, if they pick up his team option by June 24. If that occurs, Liggins will gain $26,773 worth of salary protection for the 2017-18 season. If they do not, Liggins will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“We liked him in the summer,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said back in April. “He’s long, he knows how to defend, he likes to defend, he shot 38 percent from three, he can move the ball and he’s played some point forward. You know, he doesn’t have much of a mid-range game, and that’s what has kind of hurt him. But we’ll see.”

Liggins, a four-year NBA veteran, made 61 appearances (19 starts) with the Cavaliers in 2016-17, and he averaged 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds. In his lone game with the Mavs, Liggins posted eight points and seven rebounds.

— Nick Silva

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/43132/rumor-central-mavs-to-use-summer-to-evaluate-deandre-liggins

Pelton mail: Which young PGs are the best trade targets?

1:29 PM ET

This week’s mailbag features your questions on the career arcs of point guards, the value of young players, and more.

You can tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to peltonmailbag@gmail.com.


“Since the NBA champion always celebrates with champagne, I was wondering how often an underage player has been put in that position? How many players younger than 21 have played in a Finals game? How many have started? How many have averaged significant minutes (20+)? Most impactful sub-21-year-old?”

— Wes Franson

It’s pretty uncommon, in fact. Just twice since the ABA-NBA merger has the championship team had such a player who played in the playoffs: Magic Johnson for the 1980 Los Angeles Lakers (when he was unable to toast his NBA Finals MVP for another two months) and Darko Milicic with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. (Milicic played just 14 minutes in the postseason, including five in the Finals.)

Milicic was 18 during the 2004 Finals and had his 20th birthday during the 2005 Finals, when the Pistons returned to defend their championship unsuccessfully versus the San Antonio Spurs. He saw 20 percent more playing time in the 2005 Finals: six minutes! The other player to see action in the Finals before age 21 was Jonathan Bender for the 2000 Indiana Pacers. He also played six minutes.

A handful of other players were younger than 21 when their team appeared in the Finals but did not see action in the playoffs, including Andrew Bynum for the 2008 Lakers when he was sidelined due to injury. Just one other player under 21 won a championship since 1976, however: Dorell Wright for the 2006 Miami Heat.


“Is there empirical evidence that smaller point guards decline faster than their larger peers? Lowry and CP3 seem to be going against this line of thinking, but almost every point guard historically seems to have been borderline unstartable after age 34, excepting Stockton, Nash, Kidd, Cassell and Mark Jackson (surprisingly solid age-36 season).”

— Nick Kogan

The way I’ve studied this in the past is to look at ratio compared to peak winning percentage, the per-minute version of my wins above replacement player (WARP) metric. A few years ago, I put together a list of players who had played at least nine seasons and at least 10,000 minutes and ended their careers between 2005 and 2010.

That list had 21 players I labeled point guards. They divide rather evenly into 10 players 6-foot-2 or taller (the tall group) and 11 who were 6-foot-1 or shorter (the short group, and at 5-foot-9 I mean nothing disparaging by that). While those sample sizes are smaller (shorter) than ideal for this kind of study, the results are fascinating.

While the smaller point guards were for the most part effective immediately — Brevin Knight‘s best season was his rookie year at age 22, while Damon Stoudamire’s came in year three at age 24 — the larger guards generally took longer to develop. Rod Strickland peaked at age 29, Gary Payton peaked at age 30, and Cassell did not reach his peak until age 34.

So as a group, the taller point guards didn’t hit their peak until age 30, much later than the smaller point guards (age 26, a little younger than the typical age-27 peak across all positions). Every year after age 27, the taller point guards were relatively better, often substantially so.


“Which of the young PGs who’ve failed to live up to draft-day expectations would you take a flier on: Elfrid Payton, D’Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay? In a ‘loaded’ PG draft class, given what we’ve seen thus far and considering contract statuses, where would you slot these three in a ranking of summer acquisition targets?”

— Jonathan Dennis

Given that all three would fall into the tall group of point guards that tends to peak later, I’d be interested in any of them if their current teams were ready to move on.

If we’re ranking, I’d start with Russell, who has two years remaining on his rookie contract and has played reasonably well given he’s just 21. When I think about players who could benefit from developing consistent range on pull-up 3-pointers along the lines of the All-Star point guards I discussed last week, Russell is at the top of the list. He shot 38.7 percent on pull-up 3s after the break last season, per NBA.com/Stats, and while that’s probably not sustainable, even making that shot at a 35 percent clip would make Russell much tougher to guard in the pick-and-roll.

I’ve made a substantial investment in beachfront property on Elfrid Payton Peninsula, so it’s no secret I’m a believer. Payton was also better after the All-Star break with superior floor spacing, posting five triple-doubles and averaging 13.5 points, 8.4 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game with a league-average true shooting percentage (.556). The main reason Payton is behind Russell on my list is because he’s going into the last year of his rookie contract and will soon get expensive.

I’m a bit more skeptical Mudiay will get there given how inefficient he has been. He’s rated worse than replacement level during his first two seasons. Still, I am intrigued by how effective Mudiay becomes alongside Nikola Jokic and a power forward (i.e. not Jusuf Nurkic) — something Adam Mares of DenverStiffs.com has highlighted. In 580 minutes with such lineups, per NBAwowy.com, Mudiay posted .545 true shooting and Denver averaged a 124.0 offensive rating — better than the Nuggets’ 120.8 offensive rating with Jameer Nelson in such lineups. Now, those 580 minutes shouldn’t count more than the other 2,900 or so Mudiay has played, but they give me some hope there’s a quality NBA point guard here.


“I’m a GSW fan who didn’t see many regular-season games this year, as I learned the hard way they don’t mean much. Anyways, since the playoffs have started, I’ve been very impressed with rookie second-round pick Patrick McCaw. I know it’s hard to project which young players will eventually pan out, but if the 2016 Draft was done over, would he now be a lottery pick?”

— Brock

McCaw is one of several rookies who looked better by the eye test than by advanced stats this season. Given his small role (12.0 percent usage), his below-average true shooting percentage (.540) was poor, and McCaw was a dreadful defensive rebounder for a wing at 7.6 percent of available opponent misses. So he rated below replacement level by WARP, as well as ESPN’s real plus-minus.

On the plus side, McCaw was a quick study defensively, and it’s realistic to think he can improve on the 33.3 percent he shot from 3-point range as a rookie, which would boost his efficiency. If he shoots better and adds more strength to be able to defend small forwards as well as guards, McCaw can become the kind of 3-and-D role player any team in the league could use while bringing more playmaking than most such specialists.

It’s tough to say where McCaw might go in a redraft. I still think most lottery teams would go for the higher upside of players with more ability to create their own shot. So McCaw would probably be more likely to go in the late teens or 20s to a team with a more complete roster.


“Do you think Mark Aguirre will ever make the Hall of Fame? I know he played in an era where the competition was tough, kind of like Damian Lillard now, but with his college resume and pro career I think he belongs. Any thoughts?”

— Alvin Coleman

I don’t, and I don’t see a good case for him based on his NBA career. Like many small forwards from the 1980s, Aguirre was much better on offense than defense. So while he put up strong player efficiency ratings — Aguirre topped a 20 PER five times, a total surpassed by just 78 players according to Basketball-Reference.com — his contributions in terms of other advanced metrics are more modest.

My championships added metric, which is built on Basketball-Reference’s win shares, doesn’t put Aguirre among the top 200 players in NBA history in any of its three categories (regular-season value, playoff value and awards value).

It is true Aguirre spent his prime years in the Western Conference at the same time as three Hall of Fame small forwards (Adrian Dantley, Alex English and James Worthy), so maybe his three All-Star appearances sell him short. At the same time, West coaches found room on the roster for Calvin Natt in 1985 and Marques Johnson in 1986 while passing over Aguirre, so I don’t think his absence from those rosters was strictly a function of competition.

Oddly, Aguirre finished with almost exactly the same final total of championships added as longtime Dallas Mavericks teammate Rolando Blackman. I think they both belong in the Hall of Very Good.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19525455/kevin-pelton-weekly-mailbag-including-point-guard-career-arcs