The 2021 edition of the NBA Summer League is what NBA fans have been waiting for to get basketball action between the NBA seasons. Currently, the NBA Summer League tournament will run from the 8th of August 2021 to the 17th of August 2021.
Go to the official website of either ESPN or NBA TV for a complete picture of the NBA Summer League. In this guide, we will talk about all the things that NBA fans need to know to watch NBA Summer League 2021 from home.
Once NBA fans are done with this guide, NBA fans will know how to bypass geo-restrictions on streaming sites and watch NBA Summer League edition 2021 live and online.
How to watch NBA Summer League on NBA TV and ESPN
The best way to watch the NBA Summer League Stream is with a VPN and a valid streaming service subscription. Some of the services that offer NBA Summer League streams are,
- Fubo TV
- Peacock Premium
- The official ESPN app
- NBA League Pass
- International NBA League Pass
How to watch the 2021 NBA Summer League online and live using a VPN
NBA fans who do not live in the US cannot view channels such as ESPN and/or NBA TV no matter what. The only way to access them is by either moving to the US (which is obviously not what NBA fans would want to do just to watch a sporting event or tournament) or use a VPN service.
Let’s take a look at how to NBA summer league live stream with help from a VPN.
Step by step guide on Where to Watch NBA Summer League
To watch NBA Summer League 2021, NBA fans need to follow the steps below.
- First things first. NBA fans need to sign up for a good VPN service provider that has servers in the US.
- Click here to chose the best VPN service providers for you needs and budget, this will unblock the geo-blocks by the streaming services.
- The next step is to download the official VPN app of the VPN service provider that NBA fans have signed up for.
- Once NBA fans have managed to install and activate the VPN application NBA fans need to run it and then sign in by using the VPN account which NBA fans should have created while paying for NBA the VPN package in question.
- Then NBA fans need to do some navigation and search for the best server from the list of VPN servers. To watch NBA Summer League in the US, connect to a server in the US.
- Once NBA fans have found a server in the US, NBA fans need to connect to it.
- When NBA fans are finished with the previous step NBA fans need to launch the official app for NBA TV and/or ESPN.
- Or go to the official website of ESPN, ESPN+ or NBA TV and watch NBA Summer League. Click here to see how to unlock ESPN+.
How to Watch NBA Summer League 2021 For Free
The ‘free’ here mostly comes about because of the free trial options that services offer. Users can use the free trial option to sign up with the service, watch NBA Summer League and cancel the free trial before it runs out (otherwise, the service in question may charge some amount of money).
These are the options to watch NBA Summer League 2021 for free via free trial.
- Youtube TV
- Hulu with Live TV
- AT&T TV Now
All of these services offer a free trial that can be used to sign up, watch NBA and cancel before the trial period expires.
Note:The NBA TV option mentioned before is a good option as well but a lot will depend on the local TV provider. With the right cable login, users can watch NBA Summer League via www.nba.com/watch as well.
Otherwise, the same options exist,
- YouTube TV
How to Watch NBA Summer League via NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass solves the problem of not having the right cable subscription.
For people in the US, it costs $199.99 per year to access each and every single NBA game. There are Team Pass and Day Pass options available as well but those aren’t that practical.
Find out more information here.
Now, for people in the US, NBA League Pass comes with blackouts. Basically, if a TV channel is showing a game in the user’s location, the NBA League Pass will not stream that game.
That is a huge problem for people living in the US.
So what’s the solution?
The solution is to use a VPN and keep changing locations via different VPN servers till one server is found where the desired NBA game is available.
What About International NBA League Pass?
The Global NBA League Pass is a great option for people who do not live in the US. The Global NBA League Pass is better than the standard NBA League Pass because the international Global NBA League Pass has fewer blackouts and restrictions.
Moreover, depending on where the user purchases the NBA League Pass, the price can change considerably. For example, people buying the NBA League Pass in Canada only have to pay $119.99. That is a slightly better deal than what people in the US have to pay $199.99 in addition to blackouts.
But hang on. There are much better discounts available in regions such as Mexico and India.
The Global NBA League Pass costs 90 percent less in India than it does in the US. Most of all, the Indian and Mexican versions have no restrictions or blackouts.
Preview: NBA Summer League in 2021
Some of the more avid NBA Summer League fans would already know that the Memphis Grizzlies trounced everyone to take the title home in 2019 (the 2020 edition was canceled due to Covid). The actual tournament will begin sometime on August 8, 2021. It will continue to show users the best NBA matches until August 17, 2021. The final match will take place in Las Vegas. More specifically at the University of Nevada at the real Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.
With that out of the way, let’s talk a bit more about what this NBA Summer League 2021 edition has in store for all. In other words, here is the NBA Summer League schedule and teams.
NBA Summer League Teams
If NBA fans look at the history of the NBA Summer League tournament NBA fans will see that it has had a lot of tournaments. This time around, the NBA Summer League will offer teams from Croatia and China. Because of these additions, the total number of teams will go up to around 32.
Here are the teams that are expected to perform this time around.
- Washington Wizards
- Utah Jazz
- Toronto Raptors
- San Antonio Spurs
- Sacramento Kings
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Phoenix Suns
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Orlando Magic
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- The New York Knicks
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Miami Heat
- Memphis Grizzlies
- LA Angeles Lakers
- LA Clippers
- Indiana Pacers
- Houston Rockets
- The Golden State Warriors
- Denver Nuggets
- Detroit Pistons
- Dallas Mavericks
- Charlotte Hornets
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Chicago Bulls
- Brooklyn Nets
- Boston Celtics
- Atlanta Hawks
NBA Summer League 2021 Schedule
In total, the 2021 edition of the NBA Summer League will offer us exactly 75 games. They will all have to reach their finish point within the period that lies between August 8, 2021, to August 17, 2021.
Here is the NBA Summer League 2021 Schedule:
Sunday, August 8
Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks
Toronto Raptors vs New York Knicks
Portland Trail Blazers vs Charlotte Hornets
Houston Rockets vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Washington Wizards vs Indiana Pacers
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Detroit Pistons
Denver Nuggets vs Miami Heat
Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns
Monday, August 9
New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers
New Orleans Pelicans vs Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks vs Philadelphia 76ers
Brooklyn Nets vs Memphis Grizzlies (5:00 PM ET)
Charlotte Hornets vs Sacramento Kings (6:00 PM ET)
San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves (7:00 PM ET)
Orlando Magic vs Golden State Warriors (8:00 PM ET)
LA Clippers vs Milwaukee Bucks (9:00 PM ET)
Phoenix Suns vs Utah Jazz (10:00 PM ET)
Tuesday, August 10
Atlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers (6:00 PM ET)
Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets (7:00 PM ET)
Chicago Bulls vs San Antonio Spurs (8:00 PM ET)
Detroit Pistons vs Houston Rockets (9:00 PM ET)
Sacramento Kings vs Washington Wizards (10:00 PM ET)
LA Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers (11:00 PM ET)
Wednesday, August 11
Milwaukee Bucks vs Brooklyn Nets (4:00 PM ET)
Miami Heat vs Memphis Grizzlies (5:00 PM ET)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Orlando Magic (6:00 PM ET)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans (7:00 PM ET)
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors (8:00 PM ET)
Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks (9:00 PM ET)
New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers (10:00 PM ET)
Thursday, August 12
San Antonio Spurs vs Charlotte Hornets (3:00 PM ET)
Chicago Bulls vs Minnesota Timberwolves 4:00 PM ET)
Washington Wizards vs Brooklyn Nets (5:00 PM ET)
Indiana Pacers vs Portland Trail Blazers (6:00 PM ET)
Orlando Magic vs Boston Celtics (7:00 PM ET)
Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors (8:00 PM ET)
Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks (9:00 PM ET)
Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets (10:00 PM ET)
Friday, August 13
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Milwaukee Bucks (4:00 PM ET)
Miami Heat vs Utah Jazz (5:00 PM ET)
New Orleans Pelicans vs Cleveland Cavaliers (6:00 PM ET)
Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder (7:00 PM ET)
New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons (8:00 PM ET)
Memphis Grizzlies vs Sacramento Kings (9:00 PM ET)
Los Angeles Lakers vs LA Clippers (10:00 PM ET)
Saturday, August 14
Denver Nuggets vs Dallas Mavericks (3:00 PM ET)
Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat (4:00 PM ET)
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics (5:00 PM ET)
Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder (6:00 PM ET)
Charlotte Hornets vs Toronto Raptors (7:00 PM ET)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks (8:00 PM ET)
Portland Trail Blazers vs Phoenix Suns (9:00 PM ET)
Detroit Pistons vs Los Angeles Lakers (10:00 PM ET)
Sunday, August 15
Dallas Mavericks vs Sacramento Kings (3:00 PM ET)
Milwaukee Bucks vs Washington Wizards (4:00 PM ET)
Utah Jazz vs LA Clippers (5:00 PM ET)
Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs (6:00 PM ET)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Philadelphia 76ers (7:00 PM ET)
Orlando Magic vs Houston Rockets (8:00 PM ET)
Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans (9:00 PM ET)
Memphis Grizzlies vs Chicago Bulls (10:00 PM ET)
Monday, August 16
TBD vs TBD (3:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (4:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (5:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (6:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (7:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (8:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (9:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (10:00 PM ET)
Tuesday, August 17
TBD vs TBD (3:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (3:30 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (5:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (5:30 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (7:00 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (7:30 PM ET)
TBD vs TBD (9:00 PM ET)