Jerian Grant Wins MVP for 2016 Las Vegas NBA Summer League Championship

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 18:  Jerian Grant #2 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League game on July 18, 2016 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE  (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones claimed the MVP award for the Las Vegas Summer League on Sunday, but Jerian Grant got the last laugh in the Chicago Bulls' 84-82 overtime win over Minnesota on Monday.

He earned MVP honors for the summer-league championship game, per Sam Smith of the Bulls' official website. The point guard finished with a double-double, recording 24 points and 10 rebounds.

NBA TV shared a photo of Grant with his award:


.@JerianGrant named 2016 @NBASummerLeague Finals MVP! https://t.co/JUFm6CZxlw

Grant's performance and the Bulls' summer-league title will have fans more optimistic ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Following the Bulls' July 10 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Grant noted he feels more comfortable heading into his second year in the NBA, per the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson.

"It was definitely tough. The inconsistency with minutes affected my confidence," he said. "I struggled because of that. I'm coming into this season with a lot of confidence, especially after starting at the end of last year and playing well. I'm excited for this new opportunity."

Chicago won't expect Grant to play a key role in his first season with the team. He averaged 5.6 points and 2.3 assists per game as a rookie with the New York Knicks, and barring an injury to Rajon Rondo, his playing time will be limited to minutes primarily with the second unit.

Still, his situation in Chicago should be more stable than it was in New York, where he had to compete for time with Langston Galloway and Jose Calderon. And his MVP performance in the summer-league title game was a nice way to make an impression on head coach Fred Hoiberg.

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