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The Quick & Dirty Guide to the Blazers and 2013 Las Vegas Summer League

Vegas Summer League is almost here! Here is everything you need to know to watch your favorite team (cough Blazers! cough).

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Welcome to the Summer League team, same as the regular season team
-- Dave, via e-mail

The 2013 Vegas Summer League is days away! And Blazer's Edge will be covering it from beginning to end, and beyond.

Blazer's Edge Coverage

- Ben will be on site, providing live updates from Las Vegas. Afterward, he'll stay in town for Team USA's mini-camp, featuring our own Damian Lillard.
- I'll be here in my usual role, running Gameday Threads and
hosting festivities as needed.
- There have been murmurs that Dave may make a Summer League appearance as well! Hopefully he's playing Small Forward.

Follow Blazer's Edge on Twitter for immediate updates!

The Vegas Summer League Tournament

For the first time, there will be a Vegas Summer League champion.

Teams will play three games from July 12-16. Based on those games, they will be seeded for the single-elimination tournament, with a title game on July 22. Regardless of performance, every team will play a minimum of five games overall. For tournament games, fouls are not unlimited (six fouls and you're gone), and overtimes are two minutes long. Every team will play at least 5 games overall.

Playoff seeding will be decided in this order:

1. Overall record. Since there are only three games, there will be a lot of ties.
2. Quarterly scoring. Teams receive 1 point for each quarter they win, and 0.5 points for a quarter they tie.
3. Head-to-head winner (if applicable)
4. Overall point differential.
5. If they're still tied, it's a coin flip.

Seeds 1-10 will receive a first-round bye in the tournament.

Blazers Preliminary Round Schedule

Date Time Opponent Broadcast Time
Saturday, July 13 5:30pm Phoenix Suns 10pm
Sunday, July 14 3:30pm Los Angeles Lakers 10pm
Tuesday, July 16 5:00pm Chicago Bulls Live!

Blazer's Edge will have a live Gameday Thread for every game, and will try to have a spillover thread for the replay broadcast.

How to watch

All games will be televised on NBA TV, but as you'll note above, some games will not be televised live! This is due to multiple games being played simultaneously. However, all games will be streamed live online. You'll need to purchase the NBA's Summer League Broadband pack. For a one-time cost of $15 you can view all Summer League games, including the games in Orlando, on your browser or mobile device.

Unfortunately, Comcast Sportsnet Northwest will not be televising Summer League this year. There should be no blackout concerns for the national broadcast and streams.

The Blazers Summer League Roster

Here are the confirmed players:

Name Pos Ht/Wt
Last Played NBA Years
Will Barton
1/6/91 Trail Blazers
Thomas Robinson
3/17/91 Houston Rockets
Victor Claver
F 6-9/224
8/30/88 Trail Blazers
Allen Crabbe
G 6-6/197 4/4/92 California (NCAA)
Olek Czyz
F 6-8/237
3/3/90 Virtus Roma (Italy)
Joel Freeland
F/C 6-10/225
2/7/87 Trail Blazers
Terrel Harris
8/10/87 New Orleans Hornets
Dominic Waters
9/28/86 Hapoel Holon (Israel)
Cedric Jackson
G 6-3/190
3/5/86 New Zealand Breakers
Dallas Lauderdale
C 6-9/260 9/11/88 Idaho Stampede
Meyers Leonard
C 7-1/250 2/27/90 Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard
G 6-3/195 7/15/90 Trail Blazers
CJ McCollum
G 6-3/197 9/19/91 Lehigh (NCAA)
Dexter Strickland
G 6-3/177 10/1/90 North Carolina

Thanks to Mike Tokito at the Oregonian for the update about Dominic Waters.

Is there any required reading?

Of course!

- Dave's Summer League Primer
- Meyers Leonard answers questions
- A brief history of CJ McCollum

Ok, you now know everything you need to know! So get comfortable, because this is the last Blazer basketball you'll see until October! -- Tim