Round 2 in Vegas!
3-minute overview of the NBA Summer League series
By Quibbl Sports Columnist Matt Lieberman
- A review of the NBA’s three summer leagues and preview of the tournament
- Links to predict the tournament’s outcomes at quibbl.me
- Player highlights and read more
July Madness has arrived. For the last two weeks, the NBA’s rookie class and young, rising stars have showcased their talent to the world in order to prove to veterans, coaches, executives, and fans that they are ready for the big stage. The NBA Summer League has consisted of three sequential mini-leagues across the United States — Orlando, Utah, and Las Vegas. The Orlando and Utah leagues have been completed, leaving fans and scouts alike in shock at the style and talent of professional basketball’s next generation. The Los Vegas Summer League, the largest and longest of the three, began on July 7. However, in many ways, this league has only just begun, with the first round of the 24-team tournament having just ended Wednesday night.
Haven’t been keeping up with the off-season action, or need a refresher? Have no fear, for Quibbl is here. Quibbl put together the major stories and trends to watch out for so that you can enjoy the games, drama & betting.
NBA Summer League Review
Orlando Pro Summer League (July 1-6)
- Overview: The league featured playoff contenders Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat, middle-of-the-road clubs Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Hornets, and NBA bottom-feeders New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, and Detroit Pistons. The League culminated in dramatic fashion, with the Mavs pulling out a close win over the Pistons.
Read More: NBA | Bleacher Report
- Final Standings:
Dallas Mavericks 5-0
Indiana Pacers 4-1
Charlotte Hornets 3-2
Detroit Pistons 3-2
Oklahoma City Thunder 2-3
Orlando Magic 2-3
New York Knicks 1-4
Miami Heat 0-5
- Quibbl’s Orlando Summer League MVP: Dwight Buycks, Dallas Mavericks. In five games, including the championship, the 28-year-old undrafted free agent out of Marquette put up 17.8 ppg (3rd in the league), 4.2 apg (6th in the league) and 2.80 spg (t-1st in the league.) Most importantly, Buycks showed his leadership spearheading his team to a summer league championship, in which he scored 28 points for the 83-81 win.
- Motley shoots his shot. In the title game between the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons, former Baylor star Johnathan Motley came up big. With just a few seconds left, Motley showed his touch from ten feet and won the title game for the Dallas summer league squad in overtime. Motley recorded a double-double in the game, with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
- Adebayo shows NBA readiness. Bam Adebayo, this year’s No. 14 pick out of Kentucky, of the Miami Heat showed he may be ready to take on a viable role in the big leagues. The 19-year-old dunk machine was a human highlight reel (Click here to wach his fancy eurostep and fastbreak finish after a steal against the Pacers). Adebayo dropped averaged 17.5 points, 8.3 boards, 2.8 blocks, and a steal in four games of league play.
Utah Jazz Summer League (July 3-6)
- Overview: The Utah Summer League featured four NBA teams with seemingly bright futures, pitting the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz. The Jazz coming out on top as the hometown heroes, with a 3-0 record.
Read More: NBA | Deseret News
- Final Standings:
Utah Jazz 3-0
Boston Celtics 1-2
San Antonio Spurs 1-2
Philadelphia 76ers 1-2
- Quibbl’s Utah Jazz Summer League MVP: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics. The No. 3 pick out of Duke dominated the Utah Summer League. Jayson Tatum showed off skillful handles, sharp shots, and high-flying slams throughout three games. By putting up 18.7 ppg (4th in the league) on 46.8% shooting, as well as 9.7 rpg (2nd in the league) and 2.3 spg (3rd in the league), Tatum staked his claim as one of the best selections in this year’s draft.
- Jazz dominate in their home city: It seems as if home court advantage matters just as much in Summer League as during the regular season and playoffs. As mentioned before, the Utah Jazz cruised to a perfect 3-0 record, led by Dante Exum’s 20.0 ppg and 6.3 apg. The home team didn’t shy away from the boards either, spearheaded by Julian Wright’s 6.5 rpg.
- First Pick Fultz shows scoring skills: In two games of league play, Markelle Fultz, the Sixers pick out of Washington, put up 20.0 ppg on 46.9% shooting, as well as 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, and 1.5 bpg. He seemed to silence some of the doubters by showing off in Utah with impressive handles and shooting.
Las Vegas Summer League (July 7-17)
- Overview (so far…): The third and final league features 24 teams, including the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Before bracket play, the 24 teams each played 3 games, with the top eight teams receiving a bye for the first round of the playoffs.
Read More: NBA | Bleacher Report
- Las Vegas Summer League Tournament Bracket (courtesy of NBA.com):
Quibbls: On to the Second Round of the Vegas Tourney
San Antonio’s Forbes to continue dominating on offense?
Bryn Forbes, the 23-year, undrafted 2-guard out of Michigan State who is entering his second year in the NBA, has turned a lot of heads in July, to say the least. He has been putting up big scoring numbers in both the Utah Jazz and Las Vegas Summer Leagues, having led the Utah Jazz league in scoring with 21.3 ppg and leading Las Vegas so far with 29.3 ppg. Forbes and the #8 San Antonio Spurs face the #24 New Orleans Pelicans in the second round of the tournament Thursday at 4PM Eastern.
Yahoo Sports | Quibbl
Vegas Summer League Champs?
Plenty of teams are vying for the title in Las Vegas, but the dominant teams have been the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, and Cleveland Cavaliers. However, a major upsets certainly possible, with the recent Round 1 victories for the #24 New Orleans Pelicans, #23 Denver Nuggets, and #22 Golden State Warriors to prove that.
Will Tatum bounce back for the C’s?
Jayson Tatum, the No. 3 overall pick from Duke selected by the Boston Celtics, started of the summer red-hot. In the Utah Jazz Summer League, averaged 18.7 points (4th in the league), 9.7 boards (2nd in the league), and 2.3 steals (3rd in the league) on 46.8% shooting (T-1st in the league for most field goals made with 22). Last weekend in his first game in Vegas, Tatum scored a team-high 27, shooting 9-of-19 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line to go with his 11 rebounds. Since then, he has struggled slightly, now averaging only 17.7 ppg so far in Vegas, 15th in the league. However, his versatile scoring ability, basketball IQ, and strength indicate that the minor slump may be very short-lasting. After receiving a first round bye, Tatum and the #6 Boston Celtics face the #22 Golden State Warriors in the second round of the tournament Thursday at 6PM Eastern.
Boston.com | Quibbl
No. 1 Raptors to the Finals?
The 3-0 Toronto Raptors are the No. 1 team in the Las Vegas tournament. In their victories over New Orleans, Minnesota, and Denver, the Raptors had a +29 scoring margin, and average of +9.7 per game. They will face the No. 16 Portland Trailblazers (2-2) in the second round of the tourney Thursday at 10PM Eastern.
Fansided | Quibbl
Who will be the summer’s Russell Westbrook-equivalent? Our list of candidates is long, but it includes guard Fred VanVleet, forward Pascal Siakam, and center Jakob Poeltl, the spearheads of the No. 1 Toronto Raptors. Also included are more popular names from the recent NBA Draft talks, like Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr., and Jayson Tatum.
NBA | Quibbl
The Best NBA Summer League Coverage Across the Internet
- Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Wod highlights six standout players at NBA Summer League so far.
- CBSChicago Columnist Dan Bernstein poses the question: Why are we following the NBA Summer League?
- The Undefeated’s Marc Spears tells of how Celtics sophomore Jaylen Brown is hoping to bring young NBA players together during Summer League.
- FanSided doles out nominations for the 2017 Too-Good-For-Summer-League team.
- Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman lays out the top undrafted players showing their skills in Summer League.
- ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk discusses Lonzo Ball’s first standout performance of the summer (36 pts, 11 ast, 8 reb, 5 stl, 2 blk, 12-22 FG, 9-12 FT), and how it happened on the night he ditched Big Baller Brand for Nike Kobe kicks.
- SI’s The Crossover gives you their picks for “Most Intriguing” so far in the 2017 NBA Summer League
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