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