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2017 NBA Summer League Recap

July 28, 2017 | by Simon Banks | Comments Comments Off
Lonzo Ball has a bright future with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lonzo Ball put on a show in Summer League. (NBA Summer League via Facebook)

By Simon Banks

Another incredible Summer League season has come to a close and 2017 was the most watched event yet since it began 13 years ago. Exactly 127,483 satisfied basketball fans attended the record-breaking event, almost 19,000 more than last year’s record.

League founder Warren LeGarie was delighted with the success of this year’s competition and hailed the work of his organization.

“We have to work on it,” LeGarie said. “We always want to make something a little bit fresher, a little bit more exciting. Fortunately, it seems like it worked again.”

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 110-98 in the Las Vegas championship game at the Thomas and Mack Center. Ten thousand spectators came to watch the final and weren’t disappointed with the show the young stars of tomorrow put on for them. 

Lonzo Ball from the Lakers was named MVP of the series after averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 boards. He also recorded 2.5 steals and a block per game from the six out of the eight contests he played during the event.

The young point guard was recently selected as the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. There’s a lot of buzz circling around Ball and it’s easy to see why Los Angeles is excited about the club’s latest addition. Lonzo signed with the Lakers on a four-year rookie scale contract about three weeks ago, and he’s set to be a huge piece of the team’s rebuilding efforts.

The iconic team has not won a Championship since 2010 and they will be hoping a signing like Lonzo can start to help turn things around. However, they do have the formidable Golden State Warriors in their conference, and the bet365 NBA odds of +6000 to be the Western Champions for the Lakers suggest it may be another year of building before they are ready to truly challenge once again.

Ball could also be a good pick for this season’s Fantasy leagues, providing the price doesn’t go too crazy. He shot 73.2 per cent on two-pointers (yes, you read that right) and 41.2 per cent from beyond the arc in his freshman season, while picking up more than three times as many assists as turnovers. That kind of efficiency really stands out with Ball and he may be a bit of a wildcard for the upcoming league. His form (as you can see in the NBA 2K17 video below) is a bit unorthodox, but who can argue with those percentages?

Another one to watch out for is 6′8″, 208-pound Jayson Tatum, a small forward. The young Duke product was the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft for the Boston Celtics. In his NBA Summer League debut game, Tatum had 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals in what was a very impressive display of basketball. He also hit a go-ahead jumper for the team with 5.7 seconds left on the clock.

Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens feels that Tatum is a versatile player who can handle the ball and play in multiple positions. Tatum could be another to keep on the radar when selecting your Fantasy team for next season.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below which players caught your eye at the 2017 NBA Summer League.

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The 2016-17 NBA Wire Troll All-Star Team

June 6, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Ulis didn’t let his size or hip issues stop him once the Suns turned over their offense to him towards the end of the season, proving to be one of the best late-season pickups in Fantasy basketball. The rookie took over as the starter for the final fifth of the season, sinking plenty of buckets and exhibiting fine FT shooting skills. Ulis needed ankle surgery after the regular season, but it was minor, and he’ll be ready to go for training camp.
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Will the Heat Break Up the Brothers Johnson?

May 17, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
He missed a bit of time with a shoulder injury, and while you’d like to see more in the way of assists from him, Johnson proved a fine Fantasy asset capable of contributing in virtually every other category (although after averaging nearly a block in January, he normalized after the All-Star break, going down to 0.4 per game).
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Video Game Review: NBA Playgrounds

May 12, 2017 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
Like Jam, NBA Playgrounds is two-on-two arcade-style action. Rather than selecting a team, though, you’re free to choose any two players that you’ve unlocked. From there you’ll enter tournaments to face sets of two-man teams. These ascend in difficulty, concluding with a “boss” team that contains better players. Take them down and you’re on to the next one.
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The Wire Troll: Bismack Biyombo Getting a Bit More Burn in Orlando

April 1, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Hollis-Jefferson is on a roll, scoring at least 11 points in four straight games, putting up one double-double and three near misses. His PT is up, and he’s even contributing some blocks (four in the last three games). Three of Hollis-Jefferson’s five double-doubles this season occurred in March as he gets more action and establishes himself as a building block in Brooklyn. Pick him up in all formats to take advantage of his strong finish.
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