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New Orleans Pelicans 77, New York Knicks 72
The Knicks and Pelicans tipped off the 2013 summer league Friday afternoon. This year’s event has a new look, with preliminary games up to Wednesday, then a tournament format to crown the first official SL champion. The Pelicans took the first game of Day 1 with a 77-72 win.
The NBA Draft is perhaps the most vital tool to the success of any NBA franchise. Obviously, trades and free agency play prevalent roles in shaping modern NBA teams (especially the wealthy ones), but the foundation for future titles is built when those 60 names get called in the latter part of June.
However, scouts and general managers know that even though you have added some new names through the draft, their work is not done. Odds are, your team could still use hungry young competitors that will put all of their energy into fighting for a roster spot.
NBA Summer League Rosters
This year's SL features the debut of a tournament style schedule that on Monday, July 22 will crown the first ever NBA Summer League Champion. Games will be televised on NBATV.
While the 2013 NBA Draft may have lacked star power, it made up for in value from top to bottom. However, titles are won with Hall of Famers.
Next year's draft features a number of guys who could develop into franchise players. And just like in 2003, with players such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony on the draft horizon, teams have already begun to gut their rosters in an apparent attempt to position themselves for a shot at the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes. On draft day, Philadelphia and Boston traded away veteren talent for a shot at lady luck.