Record 24 teams participating in 2012 NBA Summer League

You know it’s that time of the year when the NBA season is winding down. The playoffs teams are down to just a handful, the Draft Lottery is next week, and the NBA Draft will soon follow.

Another sign of another season of pro-basketball is nearing its end is the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

The Summer League is a time for newly minted NBA players (such as Anthony Davis) to showcase their talents, play against NBA players, and for second year pros to continue to work on their game. It’s an exciting time in Vegas since many players who either been overlooked or walked on to a team usually get a chance to shine as San Antonio Spurs’ Gary Neal proved a few years ago when he proved he belonged in the NBA and now is a key player off the bench for San Antonio.

The NBA has announced the record 24 teams participating in this summer’s grand event. Here are the team participating:

Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.

Other teams scheduled to attend: Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards. Also, a team of all-stars from the D-League will participate.

The Summer League is scheduled to kick off July 13-22 with each team playing five games. If you get a chance to attend it is well worth it. One can spot many established players in the stands, GMs scouting talent, and head coaches in the stands taking in all the action. Plus, it’s in Vegas. Enough said!