The Bucks will again be one of 22 teams competing in the NBA's annual Summer League in Las Vegas. More than 60 games over 11 days will be held between the city's COX Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center starting on July 12, with the introduction of a single-game elimination playoff format in 2013 guaranteeing each team at-least five match-ups. The first ever Summer League champion will be crowned following the tournament's championship game on July 22.
Milwaukee begins their Summer League slate on Saturday, July 13 against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are a powerhouse in the off-season league, competing in every contest since its inception in 2004. Racking up 24 wins in that time, Denver is the the most successful team on the Summer League circuit, though they won just a single game in 2012's campaign. The game between the Bucks and Denver will be the only game of the opening round that Milwaukee plays at the COX Pavilion.
The Bucks meet a familiar foe from last year's Summer League for their initial game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday, July 14th. The New Orleans Pelicans placed 23 out-of 24 teams in Las Vegas in 2012, helped-along by a close loss to Milwaukee in both team's initial contest that year. They are hoping to reverse that first-game fortune this summer, as they take on the worst team from 2012's league on the first day of the tournament, the New York Knicks.
For their second head-to-head at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Bucks take on the overall winners of last year's Summer League, the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors were the only organization to go without a loss last July, earning five wins en-route. Victories over Miami and Chicago were features of their 2012 summer-run, though a 40-point trouncing of the Lakers was the highlight. Milwaukee and Golden State met twice during the regular season this past year. The Bucks took home wins on both occasions, once at home in February and again in March in Oakland.
In the 2012 Summer League, the Bucks were one of six teams to end the tournament with four-wins and a loss. A three-point drop to the Wizards in the second game of their schedule was the sole-loss for the team, though a pair of wins against Boston and Chicago to end the league did save-face.