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Kicking off the Las Vegas Summer League

Las Vegas Summer LeagueThe Pistons have a repuation for being an old team, but they actually have a surprising amount of youth on the roster, especially toward the end of the bench. For the next week or so, those young players will have a chance to showcase their talent in the Toshiba Vegas Summer League, which opens today and runs through July 14.

As you'd expect, all three rookies from last year (Jason Maxiell, Amir Johnson and Alex Acker) are on the roster, as well as both of this year's incoming draft picks (Will Blalock and Cheick Samb). Other notable names include former first-round pick Frank Williams plus a couple of players with family ties: Rodney Billups (Chauncey's brother) and Wayne Wallace (Ben's nephew).

We'll try to keep one eye on the TVSL, but for more in-depth coverage I suggest you check out Bad Boy Summer Camp. Despite the name, it's not affiliated with this site, but rather is a collaborative effort from some of the fine folks over at

Also, if your cable provider includes NBA TV, you'll be able to watch some of the action, though unfortuately the games will be delayed by at least a week or so. For faster updates, you can also shell out $9.95 to for the league's Courtside Live product, which is supposed to contain "daily video highlights, exclusive interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage." I have no clue if it's worth it, and I'm still on the fence as to whether or not to try it out. If anyone out there does sign up for it, please tell us what you think in the comments.

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