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NBA Summer League confirmed with Knicks to tip-off first

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The Samsung NBA Las Vegas Summer League will take place from July 11 with 67 games taking place in just 11 days at the University of Nevada.

Reigning champions of the Las Vegas tournament are the Golden State Warriors who defeated the Phoenix Suns last year in the inaugural title-winning championships last year.

Samsung have added their name to the title as main sponsors in the 2014 as well as being official handset, tablet and television provider for the NBA.

The tournament, which only started awarding a title last year, is a chance for the teams to give a run-out to some of their less regular players and some rookies as well. Especially since seven of the last nine Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award winners have been seen in action in Las Vegas.

Damian Lillard is one of those players and he is one of the highest profile players of recent years to be included in the list. He was MVP at the Summer League in 2012 and was recently included in the All-NBA Third Team.

Prior to 2013-14 season no title was awarded to the winners so a workout and a chance for unsigned played to impress was the main reason for the competition, which started in 2004 but it was unbranded until 2007 when the NBA attached it's name to the league.

The first day of action sees the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks get the action underway, with a total of six games going ahead on Day 1.

Torono and the Lakers make up Game 2, Cleveland vs Milwaukee is Game 3, Sacramento and San Antonio will be Game 5 and the final game at the Cox Pavilion. Whilst at the Thomas & Mack Center, Game 4 sees reigning champs Golden State against Charlotte Bobcats, whilst the New Orleans Pelicans will take on a group of D-League All-Star.

With the draft not long in coming and the chances to impress getting slimmer, this competition could make or break a young dream. On the other hand, it gives each franchise a chance to trial some alternate players ahead of the new season.

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