The best of the NBA Summer League
Everything you missed from the games that hold us over in between the NBA Finals and the Olympics
Thank you, Based God, for NBA Summer League games. Snicker all you want, but we appreciate the summer league. Sixty-seven games (!) over 10 days in Orlando, Florida; Utah; and Las Vegas featuring 24 teams? With a void in the sports calendar between the end of the NBA season and the start of this year’s Olympics, we’ll take it.
The stretch of games this summer also gave fans a look at players who had been drafted just nine days earlier, as was the case in Orlando. Some were monsters (like Kris Dunn) while others disappointed (like Dragan Bender), but either way, it was interesting to see elite-level talent go at each other. Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons faced off, and Denzel Valentine even nailed a game-winner to end the very last game. Missed any of it? Chill. We got you.
Here’s a look at the best of what we witnessed from this year’s summer league.
Down by two with 1.8 seconds left, Tyler Ulis hit a game-winning 3-pointer from Stephen Curry-distance in overtime to bury the Denver Nuggets.
— NBA (@NBA) July 17, 2016
The other great thing about summer league action? It allows for reckless speculation to whip around like wildfire:
I know I can't just start throwing around comparisons all crazy…but …Tyler ulis was looking like cp3 today…less flashy though
— IN THE LAB (@DevInTheLab) July 15, 2016
I know it's only summer league, but hard not to like Tyler Ulis. Probably is just a backup point guard, but he'll be a good one for awhile.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 17, 2016
I don't care what anyone says….. Tyler Ulis is the best rookie in the league.
— Trevor Hardin (@hardintrevor14) July 10, 2016
Last night, Chicago Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine hit a deep, off-balance 3-pointer to send the game to overtime before hitting a turnaround game-winner at the buzzer in said overtime. That’s how you end a tournament.
Chicago fans: is Denzel Valentine the best player in Bulls history?
— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 19, 2016
The vicious slams this summer? They were plentiful. And delightful.
— NBA (@NBA) July 9, 2016
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) July 10, 2016