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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.
By Ian Powers
We saw the most unpredictable NBA Draft in recent memory on Thursday night. Anthony Bennett being selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers took everyone by surprise. While this draft may have lacked a true franchise player, the 2014 draft looks to be loaded with potential franchise talents, such as Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
The 2013 NBA Draft was one of the most exciting drafts ever with drama right from the top pick.
Now that it's over, we focus on who helped themselves the most by adding talent to their teams.
NBADraft.net's Adam Ganeles (East) and Jacob Stallard (West) break down the entire draft.
With the changes made to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement over the last few years, evaluating talent and making smart draft picks are more crucial than ever -- especially for teams consistently over the luxury tax threshold.