Cam Thomas named Co-MVP of NBA Summer League

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NetsDaily 18 August, 2021 - 12:03pm 26 views

Who won the NBA summer league?

2021 NBA Summer League: Sacramento Kings crowned Summer League champions after defeating Boston Celtics. The Sacramento Kings become the first team in NBA history to win multiple Summer League championships after a comfortable 100-67 win over the Boston Celtics in the championship game. NBA CA2021 NBA Summer League: Sacramento Kings crowned Summer League champions after defeating Boston Celtics

Who won the Summer League 2021?

Led by Louis King's 21 points, the Kings beat the Celtics for the Summer League title. Louis King scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 100-67 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday at Thomas and Mack Center to win the 2021 MGM Resorts Summer League Championship. NBA.comLas Vegas Summer League: Kings rout Celtics for Summer League title

Thomas, taken at No. 27 in the NBA Draft, and Mitchell, a lottery pick at No. 9, tied in media voting for the most valuable player. Both were also named to the first team All-Summer League. Thomas, out of LSU, is 19; Mitchell, part of the Baylor national champion squad, is 22.

Thomas averaged 27.0 points per game, hitting 2.3 3-pointers with shooting splits of 42/36/85 and 56.7 percent true shooting efficiency. He led the league in scoring with the third highest scoring average for a rookie in league history. His 36 points vs. the Wizards was the highest single game total in Las Vegas since 2018.

Mitchell, seen as the best defender in the 2021 Draft averaged 10.8 points to go along with 5.8 assists and 42/47/29 shooting splits. The Kings finished undefeated and won the league championship, giving the 6’0” guard titles in both the NCAA and Summer League.

The two were high vote-getters on the All-Summer League first team...

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NBA's top rookies impress at Las Vegas Summer League

The Washington Post 18 August, 2021 - 06:20pm

The information gathering part of the NBA off-season is over for the Raptors now and the time has come to take what they’ve learned, come up with further developmental plans and be ready to hit the ground running when training camp begins next month.

The games were not of huge significance, but the play was: a chance for young players who may fit into the team’s future to learn what’s expected of them, and what they have to work on.

“At this level, I believe it’s all about matchups and exploiting the defence and being able to manipulate the defence, and seeing what’s best for you as an offensive team,” the recently acquired Precious Achiuwa said. “Being able to exploit that and give yourself the advantage.”

It’s finding out what those advantages are, who can create them and who can exploit them that the Summer League is all about.

The Raptors wound up their Las Vegas engagement Tuesday with an 86-72 win over the Brooklyn Nets, leaving Toronto with a 4-1 record over the 10-day “season.”

It was, however, secondary to the overall goals for the glorified exhibition games.

The Raptors’ brass needed to see which parts of the game young players need to work on the most, find out what returning players have done to develop their skills and set baselines that will be valuable when the NBA camp begins in Toronto in late September.

There were, not unexpectedly, some uneven signs with a disparate group.

In games where he was forced into shots and opportunities — like 18 field-goal attempts in a win over Charlotte on the weekend — he was fully engaged and able to get baskets in the run of play. But his shot needs work and he needs to fine-tune his instincts for the game. But he’s good and will be a valuable defender as a rookie, it would seem. The Raptors’ brass has to be happy with what they saw.

There were times when Flynn looked like the best player on the floor – and frankly, a guard who played in 47 regular-season games as a rookie is supposed to stand out — but the small things still need work.

Flynn showed a greater willingness to shoot, which is key. But he also showed a tendency to shoot when closely covered, and that’s not going to work at the NBA level. He’ll be facing better defenders and likely on the court with veteran teammates who will look askance at a young player forcing contested shots. But on the whole, he seems to have developed a knack for pick-and-roll offence over the off-season, something he’ll fine-tune when camp rolls around.

The Summer League exists not to find out who can play at the NBA level, but to give teams an opportunity to judge which players have a chance of contributing.

It’s fair to say Barnes, Flynn, Achiuwa and Banton stood out. What’s to be found out now is just how diligently they’ll work on the aspects of the game that need it most before NBA training camps begin.

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