At this year's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the term one-and-done will have a whole new meaning.
The NBA announced on Monday that for the since time the league's inception in 2004, "NBA Summer League will feature a format that includes preliminary games followed by a single-elimination tournament leading to an eventual champion."
Now we're talking.
Sure, the wins and losses take a big picture backseat to developing the likes of Bradley Beal, Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton plus incoming rookies. That doesn't mean there can't be a little bit of win or go home action in the process.
The schedule tips off on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Friday, July 12. Like last season, all participating teams will play a minimum of five games. After that portion of the event wraps up on July 16, teams will be seeded for single-elimination tournament play that will result in a champion being crowned on July 22.
Don't expect any team that wins the tournament to then stare into a camera and talk about going to Disney World. They're already in Las Vegas. For many that is already the Happiest Place on Earth.
We assume the Wizards are headed west seeing as they have been a regular participant since the very first Las Vegas Summer League. President Ernie Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman have indicated Beal, Vesely and Singleton - all members of last year's entry - will play again this summer. The Wizards could send three drafted rookies if they use their current stable of selections (one in the first round, two in the second). Tomas Satoransky, last year's second-round pick, is another possibility after spending this past season playing in Spain.
Considering how Beal produced as a rookie during the actual NBA games, sounds like the makings of a formidable squad. Better be. There is something at stake this year, you know, besides that maturing as a player thing.