It’s summertime but that doesn’t mean the NBA is completely shut down.
No, the NBA Summer League is firing up, giving a ton of new rookies a chance to get on the floor, show their stuff, shoot their shots, and try to make an impression on fans and coaches.
In the grand scheme of things, the Summer League doesn’t really mean much of anything – but it’s still worth watching for those truly devoted to the game.
It’s the first chance you might get to see some of the hot new talent in the NBA.
Guide to reacting to NBA Summer League: pic.twitter.com/g02yM05FHP
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) July 6, 2022
Rob Perez gave a humorous take on how you’re supposed to judge performances during the Summer League.
If a rookie on your team does well, you need to celebrate by comparing him to modern NBA stars and become giddy about his potential.
If he doesn’t do well, you’re supposed to just chalk it up to being in the Summer League and tell people to stop overreacting.
Are you ready to get all too enthusiastic about the Summer League?
No, this is strictly for the new guys, players who might be bench players, G League players, or those who might not even make it that far.
It’s a way for teams to try out new prospects and see who fits so you should expect a much slower version of basketball than what you’re used to.
But there are some flashes of greatness, as a few guys often break through and are already performing like NBA pros.
When that happens, it really does get people talking – and rightfully so.
Summer League is usually pretty quiet so any player who actually makes noise should be listened to.