Posts Tagged ‘Summer League’

All-Access at 2014 Summer League

By Jeff Case

NBA Summer League is well underway in Las Vegas — in fact, we’re already in the tournament stage of the competition. As you’d expect, there have been a bunch of youngsters who have surprised (our Scott Howard-Cooper is all over it on the Rookie Ladder) and we’ve even had a couple of shots that nearly made us fire up the Horry Scale.

The other part of the fun of Summer League is seeing how the NBA’s youngsters learns on the job — and on the bench. Not only do rookies get more playing time than they might get on their team come the regular season, but assistant coaches (often the men who lead Summer League teams) get to try their hand at their craft, too.

With that all being said, here’s a look at some different folks participating in Summer League, courtesy of their respective team websites …

VIDEO: Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova takes part in Summer League

VIDEO: Listen in as Knicks swingman Cleanthony Early participates in the Las Vegas Summer League

VIDEO: Wolves rookie Zach LaVine gets ready for his Summer League experience

VIDEO: Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool coaches up the team during Summer League

VIDEO: Kings assistant coach Chris Jent leads the team through a Summer League practice









Throwback Thursday: Summer League Superstars

VIDEO: Relive Blake Griffin’s NBA Summer League debut in 2009

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Summer League Superstars

The Summer League season is one of the most fun times of the NBA year, with every player on the floor having something to prove. The event has rapidly grown over the past few years and now includes a championship tournament during the action in Las Vegas (which begins tomorrow on NBA TV).

This Throwback Thursday we look back at some of the best players to ever play in the Summer League.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: Summer League Superstars

Which of these players do you think has changed the most since Summer League? Leave your comments below!

Kent Bazemore Is Not Mr. 499

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Warriors G Kent Bazemore made a mark last season mostly by being the team’s spirit leader from the bench, which led us a few weeks back to observe the trend known as Bazemoring. But Bazemore wants to be more than just a cheerleader, as we saw throughout the Vegas Summer League, where Bazemore averaged 18.4 ppoints per game over 7 games for the undefeated Warriors.

How does Bazemore fuel his fire? Last year, ranked Bazemore the 499th best player out of 500 NBA players. So yeah, not so great. In order to constantly remind himself of where he came from, Bazemore had “499” sewn into the tongue of his Under Armour sneakers. There was a brief shot of it on NBA TV, and CJ Fogler made a great screengrab of Bazemore’s motivation…


And after scoring 18 last night to help to lead the Warriors to the Las Vegas Summer League title over Phoenix, Bazemore grabbed the trophy and did his best MJ imitation on Instagram…

(via BDL)

Nate Robinson Autographs A Baby

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We already knew Nate Robinson was one of the greatest Summer League players of all-time — he was such a dominant scorer that they once retired his Summer League jersey. So it was only fitting that when Robinson returned to Summer League, even only as a spectator, that he would be asked to put his signature on a baby.

(And as Nate is a noted fan of Ricky Bobby and “Talledega Nights,” we’re wondering if Nate thought of the same moment we did.)

Lang Whitaker’s Summer League Marathon, Part Deux


7:55 AM ET — Here we go again. It’s summer, which means it’s time for Summer League, and today is the day I circle on my calendar and look at with an equal sense of dread and delight. Today is the day the NBA’s two Summer Leagues — in Orlando and Vegas — overlap. Which means today is the day I will blog. All day. I did it last year and miraculously survived, and today I will do it again.

Well, pretty much all day. Today, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET), I will be on the case, watching Summer League games live on NBA TV and recording my thoughts and notes here on If you have questions or comments, please hit me up via email (click on the header above) or on Twitter (ditto) or leave a comment below, and I’ll interact in the comments with you.

I’ve purposely avoided watching most of the Summer League games this week, because I wanted today to be a fresh, immersive experience. And I’m sure it’ll be fun, at least until I develop a blood clot in my leg that travels up into my brain due to complete physical inactivity. For the next dozen hours, we’re in this together. Right? Right! Let’s get it on!

First up? Miami vs. Detroit, in the classic battle for the Orlando Summer League’s fifth place trophy. (more…)

Reggie Jackson’s Summer Jams

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last summer, Oklahoma City PG Reggie Jackson might have had the dunk of the Orlando Summer League when he drove the lane and threw down on then-defending dunk champ Jeremy Evans

So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that this summer, Reggie Jackson is again in contention for dunk of the summer with this dunk from this morning, contested by Orlando’s Maurice Harkless

Lang Whitaker’s Summer League Marathon

by Lang Whitaker

12:17 AM EST — And we’re finished. The Bobcats looked really good against Sacramento, controlling the tempo and pace basically from the jump, and winning it running away, 121-87. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Jeffery Taylor (17 points, 3-4 on threes) both looked great, and Thomas Robinson had as many ups as he did downs (19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 turnovers). But the great thing about summer league is that there’s always tomorrow.

My job today was to watch basketball and connect a bunch of words together that accurately conveyed what I was watching. I watched more consecutive games today than I’ve ever watched before, eight of them, one after another, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Hopefully I was able to make that happen. Thanks for reading and tweeting along all morning, afternoon and night.

Sure, summer league isn’t the highest level of basketball you’ll ever see. But the majority of these guys are playing for a job, playing really hard every moment they’re on the court, and that’s something you rarely see for every minute of an NBA game. I found pleasure in that, tried to replicate that effort, and I look forward to watching many more summer league games over the next week or so.

Though probably not first thing tomorrow. I’m dunzo for now.


11:52 PM EST — As we near the end of my marathon of summer league basketball, with less than one quarter remaining in a blowout between Charlotte and Sacramento, I think it’s time to discuss possible MVP candidates for today:

• Dionte Christmas — 19 points in a half for Boston
• My HD TV — pulled yeoman’s duty today
• My air conditioning — worked like a champ, made 90-something degree heat cool and comfortable
• Reggie Jackson — tomahawk dunked on Jeremy Evans
• Bradley Beal — poured in 22 points and got to the line 10 times
• WordPress
• My MacBook — only had to re-start once all day
• MarShon Brooks — tied Orlando Summer League scoring record with 34 points
• My dog — Starbury, my dog, slept here next to me almost all day long; strong emotional support from her
• Donatas Motiejunas — Rockets rookie went for 25 and 9 against Toronto
• Thompson and Barnes — combined for 47 points against the Lakers
• Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — has 18 points, 7 boards and 4 steals with one quarter left to play
• Delivery sushi — the crunchy spicy tuna roll just terrific

And the winner is? My couch. My poor couch has literally supported me through thick and thin, and today was no different, as I planted myself here from 8 AM until midnight, a 16-hour basketball-a-palooza. Without my couch, none of this works. So thank you couch, for being so couchy. You are the couchiest.