The NBA regular season may be over but there is still plenty of basketball to take in. After all, NBA Summer League is starting soon — it’ll run from August 8 to August 17. Better still, there are a few different addons offering you the ability to watch the NBA Summer League on Kodi.
Important Note: Our guide only recommends official Kodi addons. The NBA Summer League is a popular way for basketball fans to stay occupied even after the NBA regular season has ended. However, access to game broadcasts is limited to a handful of providers which means that some fans turn to unofficial streams. These often prove unreliable and could put your privacy and security at risk, especially if you plan to watch via Kodi. Thankfully, there are several official Kodi addons you can use to watch the 2021 NBA Summer League without risk. You will have to use Kodi 18 (Leia), though, since the addons mentioned below don’t currently work on Kodi 19 Matrix.
You may need a VPN to watch the NBA 2021 summer league in the UK, Australia, Canada or anywhere else outside of the US. We’ll explain how to do this and which VPNs are best for Kodi below.
Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
How to watch 2021 NBA Summer League on Kodi with a VPN
There are several Kodi addons available that can provide viewing access for the Summer League, but a VPN may be required in some locations to bypass geographic content restrictions for access to legally available streams.
To get started using your VPN, do the following:
- Create an account with a trusted VPN provider. We recommend IPVanish for Kodi. You can also consider NordVPN, Surfshark, or ExpressVPN.
- Install your VPN provider’s app on the same device as your Kodi app. Although it’s possible to install VPN software directly on your router, this can prove to be a difficult process. Instead, we recommend that you make the installation on the same device you use Kodi on, like your Amazon Fire TV.
- Connect to a US VPN server. You’ll need to connect to a US VPN server in the country where your streams are available to access a Summer League stream through any of the ESPN or NBA channels.
- Install and stream from a Kodi addon offering ESPN channels or NBA TV and the 2021 NBA Summer League.
Kodi addons aren’t 100% perfect. There is no guarantee that you will be able to use a particular Kodi addon from abroad, or through a VPN. You should test out your VPN with the Kodi addons you will be using to watch the Summer League to ensure that everything is working before watching your games. This will give you time to make any necessary adjustments or contact support if needed.
How to watch 2021 NBA Summer League on Kodi
Most Summer League games will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2, or on NBA TV. We recommend checking the schedule to find out when and where you can see your favorite team play. Alternatively, you can sign up for a Sling TV account ($10 for the first month), since this lets you stream ESPN online as well. Note that to use Sling TV, you will need to be based in the US and have a US payment method.
DAZN Kodi Addon – Watch NBA in Germany
After creating your account with DAZN, you can head to the official Kodi addon repository to download the DAZN Kodi addon. This will let you stream DAZN’s matches live on Kodi. Simply connect your account and start streaming!
Note: DAZN has particularly strong VPN-detection capabilities, so not every VPN will work. We can confirm that NordVPN, Surfshark, and ExpressVPN unblock the German library, though.
Sling TV Kodi Addon – US Access
Sling TV is an internet TV streaming service that gives users access to many popular sports networks. It includes access to ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN 3 which means that you will be able to enjoy several NBA 2021 Summer League games with this service.
To get Sling TV, head to the Sling.com website and sign up for the Orange & Blue subscription. Make sure to choose the Get $25 off deal. This will result in you paying just $10 for the first month.
After signing up, download the Sling TV Kodi addon from the official Kodi addon repository. Login to the addon with the same email address and password you used to sign up for your Sling TV account.
ESPN 3 Kodi Addon – US Access
The ESPN 3 Kodi addon provides access to ESPN and ESPN 2. This makes it an excellent choice for those trying to catch the NBA 2021 Summer League.
In order to make use of the ESPN 3 addon to watch the Summer League, you will need to have a valid cable subscription to a cable package including ESPN 2 and ESPN U. This makes this option more suitable for those who already have a subscription. However, you don’t need a traditional cable package for this. Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both have free trials, and both work with ESPN and ESPN 2. To get set up with ESPN 3, you will need to start the addon and select Authenticate with provider to access premium content. There you can follow the on-screen instructions which will guide you through the process of setting up the addon.
The ESPN 3 Kodi addon is available from the official Kodi addon repository.
NBA League Pass – international access
Didn’t see any suitable sources above? In that case, why not sign up for NBA’s League Pass directly? This costs $28.99 USD per month but grants you access to a huge selection of games including the Summer League. The only catch is that you can’t watch live; rather replays are uploaded three hours after the match finishes.
You’ll find the NBA League Pass addon in the official Kodi addon repo.
What is the NBA Summer League?
The NBA summer league is a chance for younger players to showcase their talent, improving their chances of making a regular roster during the NBA regular season. Additionally, it provides an outlet for fans to enjoy more top-quality basketball outside of the regular season.