Friday night, stars of the most successful summer leagues in the country: the Seattle Pro Am and the Drew League in L.A. competed in the first of two annual exhibitions for West Coast Bball supremacy.
Reppin’ for the 206 was Seattle’s biggest ambassador Jamal Crawford, the most exciting under 6′ PGs in the league Isaiah Thomas and Nate Robinson, and amongst others, the Slam Dunk Champ Zach LaVine.
For the Drew, Baron Davis led a squad that also featured Trevor Ariza and promising rookie Stanley Johnson. It felt like they didn’t have their ‘A’ squad as probably the 3 biggest stars of the Drew League — James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, and Nick Young — all did not play. So I would gave Seattle the favorite going in and they ended up winning 135-124.
The exhibition had it’s amazing flair of highlights including Isaiah Thomas blocking Trevor Ariza at the rim, Jamal Crawford hitting a 3rd quarter buzzer beating 3 and putting on a ridiculous handle show on Stanley Johnson, and of course: some Zach LaVine dunks. Enjoy the Ball is Life mixtape with the HD captures from the court above.
So even though the marquee NBA summer event, the Vegas Summer League, concluded last night, I had to first highlight this highlight reel of Zach LaVine tearing up his hometown’s pro-am over the weekend. To the tune of 49 points (I know, the defense doesn’t look that willing to step up here) but moreso than that: a ridiculous game-winning 3 at the buzzer. Couldn’t script in better as LaVine walks off with peak swag. And speaking of Summer League, the kid impressed there too. I expect a big sophomore season for him (and a repeat dunk title) up in Minny this year.
But as I alluded to above, the Spurs stay winning this summer as they won the Summer League Championship last night. The week’s MVP was Kyle Anderson as high-flyer Jonathan Simmons won the game MVP and the Spurs’ win overall was a statement for Becky Hammon — the first NBA head coach at any level. Congrats to them. I’ve also watched this Kyle Anderson behind the back pass like 83x already today.
Tonite’s All-Star Saturday lived up to the hype and then some.
Zach LaVine made us forget that we all tuned in for the 3-Point Shootout, delivering a couple 50s on his way to the Slam Dunk Championship. He already won before his 1st dunk though when he came out to the Space Jam song… with the Quad City DJs. See you again next year, Zach. Can’t wait.
1st dunk OR 2nd dunk? Still can’t decide.
Here’s the final dunk…
ICYMI: Nikko Lafre “Zach LaVine”
A hyped up 3-Point Shootout absolutely lived up to it thanks to the Splash Brothers. 23 for Steph and 24 for Klay in the first round. Then Steph won it with 27 in the Finals and made 13 shots in the row… missing the very last money ball for the Hollywood ending. Whoo. I was on my feet for that though. Highlights below.