Top 5 Plays of the 2013 NBA Summer League
The 2013 NBA Summer League has come to a close. The Golden State Warriors took home the Las Vegas League championship, while the Oklahoma City Thunder won the Orlando League. We saw blowouts, overtimes and game winners this year; a real treat to the basketball junkies around the world who needed their NBA fixes.
There were plenty of electrifying plays in this year's Summer League from the NBA's future stars. Players such as Victor Oladipo and Ben McLemore proved they were worth top-10 picks. Second year players such as Jonas Valanciunas, the Las Vegas League MVP, shined brightly following their rookie campaigns.
So here are the top 5 plays from this year's Summer League.
5. Jeremy Tyler and Toure Murry's Fastbreak Show
Was this the Summer League or Rucker Park? Toure Murry wowed us by dribbling between a defender's legs and throwing a behind the back pass to Jeremy Tyler, who finished off Murry's flurry of playground moves with a big one-handed dunk.
4. Tony Mitchell's Game-Winning Slam
If Korie Lucious was asked if this was a pass or shot, he would likely say "pass." After Lucious air-balled his floater attempt, Tony Mitchell came out of nowhere to grab the ball and slam it home for the win. I wonder if Lucious asked for an assist after the game?
3. Kent Bazemore's Lefty Finish
People may remember Kent Bazemore from his "almost" game-winner in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors thought they had the game won before Manu Ginobili stole the show with a game-winning 3-pointer.
There was no doubt on this Bazemore play, though. Bazemore drove right through lane and threw down a monster left-handed dunk over rookie Jackie Carmichael.
2. Victor Oladipo Beats the 76ers
What does Victor Oladipo have against the city of Philadelphia? First, he breaks the hearts of the Temple University Owls in the NCAA tournament with a game-winning 3-pointer. Then he beats the Philadelphia 76ers with a 3-pointer from nearly the exact same spot on the floor. It's pretty clear that Oladipo has the city of Philadelphia's number for the moment.
1. Ben McLemore Posterizes Mike Scott
Ben McLemore was drafted out of Kansas as one of the best shooters in the draft. He proved he's not just a shooter and showed off his athleticism by throwing down a nasty two-handed dunk over the top of Mike Scott. I think McLemore's athleticism is one of his best traits, along with his shooting ability.
This surely will not be the last time we see McLemore putting on a show.