Sure, the NBA Summer League is lacking real stars, but don't knock it. The NBA Summer League is one of the best venues for young NBA players to get real game experience and compete for a roster spot. Top-tier draft picks are always going to get a chance to show what they can do in a game setting, but what about those second rounders, or unsigned free agents who have to do something extraordinary to get noticed? They need the NBA Summer League to get a fair shot at living their dream and competing for a job.
Jonathon Simmons parlayed his Summer League appearances into a gig with the San Antonio Spurs. Jeremy Lin went toe-to-toe with John Wall as an unsigned free agent on the Dallas Mavericks, and built a highlight reel worth enough to get a shot in the G-League—and then the New York Knicks. Plus, the Summer League is great for fans starving for decent basketball in the offseason.
There's nothing good about the NBA Summer League. It's nothing but terrible looking jerseys, and bad basketball being played. This is just a desperate attempt for the NBA to make money in the dead of summer when there are no NBA events happening. Teams should just assess their talent in scrimmages without subjecting fans to this horrid brand of basketball.
The basketball being played at the Summer League in no way resembles the intricacies of actual NBA play. Because of this, players can't be accurately critiqued. An athlete's ability to play NBA basketball is not tied to how well or not well he plays against bad competition.
The NBA Summer League sucks.
Seriously who cares about #nbasummerleague I don't need to see it headlining @espn website. Might be time to dumb #ESPN like the other mils