The Bulls will have two chances to find impact players in June's NBA Draft, meaning their Summer League team should be as intriguing as ever.
The NBA announced Tuesday that 24 teams will participate in the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014, taking place in Las Vegas from July 11 to July 21. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 11-15 and then will be seeded in a tournament, ultimately playing for a spot in the championship game on July 21. Per the press release, each team is guaranteed at least five games.
The Bulls, owners of the No. 16 and No. 19 picks in the upcoming NBA Draft, are among those teams, and it will be fans' first chance to see those players compete in a Bulls uniform. Sophomore Tony Snell likely will compete, but outside of those potential three players (and the Bulls' No. 49 pick in the draft) it's unknown who else will be on the roster. Everyone on the current NBA roster, minus 23-year-old Greg Smith, has at least three years of NBA experience.
For what it's worth (very little, if anything), the Bulls are 12-13 all-time in five seasons in the Summer League. That's fifth worst among the 24 teams participating. In case you were wondering, Houston's .800 winning percentage (24-6) leads the way while 2013 champion Golden State (.690, 29-13), Atlanta, Miami and Charlotte round out the top-five.
If you don't want to shell out the money for plane tickets to Sin City (game tickets go on sale June 1), NBA TV will televise the games. This year's Summer League will hold a bit of extra intrigue, as 10 of the 12 teams owning Lottery picks in the draft will participate. That includes Cleveland (No. 1), Milwaukee (No. 2), Philadelphia (No. 3, No. 10), Utah (No. 5) and the Los Angeles Lakers (No. 7), so there's a good chance players such as Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Chicago native Jabari Parker and Julius Randle will be competing.
The other 13 teams competing are: San Antonio, Denver, Phoenix, Minnesota, Portland, Toronto, Dallas, Sacramento, New York, Washington, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans, and one D-League team.
Last year the Bulls' Summer League team was coached by assistant Adrian Griffin, who is one of the favorites for the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coaching vacancy.