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.
.@TUlis3 for the WIN!! #ThisIsWhyWePlay #NBASummer https://t.co/kpabgz1dtX
— 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.
Jake Layman throws down the #NBASummer facial! 😱 https://t.co/jLbzNsHSw1
— NBA (@NBA) July 9, 2016
NSFW. #SummerSixers https://t.co/2dpzfKU1VD
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) July 10, 2016
Jaron Johnson with the solid dunk💪🏽on @NBATV! #NBASummerhttps://t.co/eqY5JrAyw8
— NBA Summer League (@NBASummerLeague) July 15, 2016
So many to choose from here. This year’s NBA draft class appears loaded with talent:
Brandon Ingram last night 👀 https://t.co/V4X1uxZWzm
— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) July 16, 2016
.@KrisDunn3 hit em with the spin move! 👀 #NBASummer https://t.co/56HllRPTSg
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 11, 2016
Devin Booker puts up 28 points, 8 rebounds & 6 assists in Suns NBASummerLeague win! https://t.co/kVKRL42p7W #NBA
— ACB Jornada Virtual (@ACBJV) July 10, 2016
Jamal Murray going behind the back in transition and finishing with the left hand. Vintage. #BBN #Nuggets https://t.co/Fm1kdWL1PH
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) July 10, 2016
This is Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert playing Pokemon Go during a summer league game. Out of control.
When just trying to watch @NBA summer league and a wild Spearow jumps in front of you 🤔 pic.twitter.com/KpL8K9Nb0v
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) July 12, 2016