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SportWho Is Having the Best Summer in the NBA?

17:41  14 august  2019
17:41  14 august  2019 Source:   si.com

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1. Who was the best rookie you saw at summer league? Mike Schmitz, ESPN Insider: Often described as a safe or high-floor selection, Bulls center Carter has gotten himself into outstanding shape, and he was far better switching onto the perimeter than expected. While Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton

— NBA (@ NBA ) July 15, 2018. Jackson has the talent to be the best big man in this draft class, the only worry is that he still hasn’t found himself The Lakers saw a 6’8 two guard who hit 40 percent of his threes over his college career and scooped him up in the second round with the No. 47 overall pick.

The summer of 2019 has produced one of the best NBA offseasons in a while. With so many players switching teams, the race for the Larry O’Brien seems more wide open than in recent years.

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While the ultimate winner of the offseason will be the team that ends up raising the trophy in June, it’s still fun to decide who has had the best summer before the games are even played.

So while spring 2020 is when the actual champion is decided, let’s check out the winners of the summer of 2019.

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5. The Bucks and 76ers

In the eyes of many the East is a two-team race and it has to be great to be one of those two squads.

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It will be a crazy summer in the NBA . So instead of bombarding you with numbers and NBA collective bargaining agreement mumbo jumbo, here are all 30 NBA teams, broken up into groups of teams that have enough cap space to sign a maximum free agent, have money to make meaningful

Milwuakee and Philadelphia both had their seasons ended at the hands of Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors in May, but with Kawhi gone and Kevin Durant missing this entire season, Giannis Antetokounmpo or Joel Embiid can become the new terror of the Eastern Conference come April.

The re-signings of Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris will either look extremely smart or loudly questionable based on how next year's playoffs go, but each player should have the opportunity to prove they are worth their deal. The losses of Malcolm Brogdon and Jimmy Butler might turn out to be too much for either team to handle, but the additions of Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews and Al Horford and Josh Richardson, respectively, will likely be enough to make this the next Eastern Conference finals matchup.

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The NBA Summer League follows the NBA Draft and tends to start at the beginning of July. This year, the three different leagues play from July 1-17. The rosters feature mostly young players under the age of 25 who are new to the NBA or have been in the league for only a year or two.

4. D’Angelo Russell, Warriors

In most cases, a young All-Star switching teams probably means a lot of undue pressure to succeed at a high clip. And while D’Angelo Russell will certainly have some burden on him to ball out this season, he is in a fine position as the summer wraps up.

The main concern for most when it comes to the Warriors is when Klay Thompson gets healthy. And although D’Lo was grabbed as issurace for Thompson and the departing Kevin Durant, nobody is expecting him to perform like one of those two. If Russell regresses this season, the talk will be about the fit playing next to Stephen Curry and Draymond Green and how often he has the ball in his hands. If he plays really well and helps put the team in solid playoff standing and makes Thompson’s possible late-season return from his torn ACL even more impactful, then he will be one of the heroes who helps save what many expected to be a lost season.

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LAS VEGAS — For NBA teams, Summer League is less about whether a young player is good or not, and After watching a dozen days of Summer League games — in person in both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas — here are 10 players who stood out to me. I think that has to be done in the [ NBA ].”

Who has had the best jab step in NBA history, and what made it so great? The Dream Shake is probably the most famous individual post move. Today people think that an NBA player spending the summer with Hakeem and learning the Dream Shake will turn them into a wizard on the post, but it's

Either way, the West is so stacked that the idea of being an All-Star once more is not going to be a burden on Russell's shoulders. Simply playing well and helping the team win will be all that he has to be concerned with. He’s playing with house money and the most talent he has in his career. It’s a solid place to be.

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3. Paul George, Clippers

Talk about having your cake and getting to eat it too. Paul George signed the massive extension with Oklahoma City, waving off the thought that he was focused on trying to get to Los Angeles to return home. But, one year later, he is in Los Angeles with Kawhi Leonard and a revamped Clippers squad.

Coming off the best year of his career, a lot of pressure will be on PG to finally make a run in the Western Conference playoffs and topple LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, as the No. 2 option, not everything will fall on PG’s surgically repaired shoulders. Instead, he, along with Leonard, will only be judged from April onward.

Those two should be terrors on the defensive end of the ball, and maybe it will help George join his new superstar teammate as a fellow Defensive Player of the Year winner. At the very least, the amount of fastbreak opportunities created by George, Leonard and Patrick Beverley hounding ballhandlers should make offense slightly more fun. Expect those three to be on the perimeter jumping passing lanes whenever possible.

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There's a good chance the Hornets win that first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat with him. The athletic forward is just the kind of player the Hornets need following a summer that saw Al The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA , its clubs or Turner Broadcasting.

Not that summer -league ball is bound to be a bust entirely. The Houston Rockets will bring to Las Vegas an odd mix of players who either aren't ready for the NBA or have already passed their summer -league Those two could be the best bets to get any run under Mike D'Antoni in the fall

For George, life just got a lot simpler so long as he has no trouble putting the ball in the basket once the real season starts and the race to 16 wins is underway.

2. The Pelicans

When your summer starts by landing Zion Williamson, the most hyped prospect since LeBron James, it’s probably going to be a good summer. Now with Williamson, Jaxson Hayes and young players added in the Anthony Davis deal, New Orleans appears to have a real future laid out for itself.

The signings of J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors make this season much more intriguing than it would have been without some quality veterans. Now it shouldn't become Jrue Holiday’s responsibility alone to show the young guys how to make things work in the NBA and perform like the team’s best player.

If Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram turn out to be more than they showed with the Lakers, it’s a huge win. And if they come anything close to the All-Star caliber No. 2 picks each was projected to be, than New Orleans might just turn into more of a basketball town than anybody expected.

But at the end of the day, this all goes back to Zion. If he’s running around dunking on every single person like we expect and proving to be a defensive presence that can create game-changing plays with his freak athleticism, than the Pelicans will be fine for years to come. At the very least, he should be able to get some butts in the seats, especially if Zo can pass the ball as well as he was expected to coming out of college.

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Good performances in Summer League does not mean they will be an NBA star. While I did watch a bunch of NCAA basketball and the tourney, I have to confess I did not have a detailed scouting Is watching the Summer League worth it to you? Well , unless you are a NBA degenerate like me, the

The NBA 's summer leagues aren't always good predictors for the future. But as things wind down in Las Vegas, USA TODAY Sports' Kofie Yeboah takes a look at nine players who are most likely to take July production into the regular season: Cavaliers PF Anthony Bennett. While Andrew Wiggins has

1. Haters All Over the World

Yes, this summer was all about the Silky Johnsons and Buc Nastys of the NBA community.

If you have ever jumped on the internet to throw shade at any team or player and find yourself getting more joy out of that than celebrating your favorite franchise’s success, than summer 2019 was like an early Christmas. For all the folks who love to complain about LeBron James, you get to be outraged about how Anthony Davis ended up with the Lakers. If you hate the Lakers and their fans, you get to poke fun at Leonard chosing the Clippers over the Purple and Gold and bringing PG along with him.

If you’ve hated the Warriors and how they ruined basketball the last few years, get hyped about Kevin Durant playing on the other coast. And if you’ve hated them ever since that 2015 title, play the long game and keep an eye on the re-signings of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green’s extension. What would be better than the core of that 73-win team signing on for a few years together just to never reach those highs again?

What if you hate the Celtics or 76ers? Well, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford left Boston, and Jimmy Buckets bounced from Philadelphia and fans are ready to call Ben Simmons a coward for draining jumpers in open runs and passing them up in real games.

With the title up for grabs the way that it is, the failures of any team this season will be far more meme-able than in years past. The hate, much like the quality of basketball, is sure to be at an all-time high this season.

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