Following the most invisible awards show in recent memory (NBPA Players Awards), I figured Summer League deserved its own set of awards too. Only rookies and sophmores need apply. 20 awards for the 20 days since the whole farce began. Without further ado….
The Tony Stark Award
For Technical Superiority
50% from deep, catching lobs, making moves in the post and killing the offensive boards.
Too. Many. Weapons.
The Peter Parker Plate
For Extra Sensory Perception
9.4 assists and 2.6 steals per 36.
He knew what his team and the opposition were thinking.
The Bruce Banner Award
For Physical Dominance
Bigger, faster and stronger than anyone he came up against.
Enjoys the humiliating swats.
The Hawkeye Memorial Cup
For Long Distance Sniping
There was a lots to like about Gordon’s dominance in Orlando but for a guy who isn’t supposed to be able to shoot,
50% on 4 attempts a game might be the first thing people notice.
The Mister Fantastic Award
For Ridiculous Length
4.3 blocks in under 30 minutes, all on timing and length.
No one could get near his jumper.
60/66/80 and a 36 PER.
The Daredevil cup
For Worst Debut
Elite college range shooter – shot 12% from deep.
Lauded for his vision – AST-TO ratio nearing 1-2.
The numbers don’t really hold much weight but the fact that he looked like he was running in molasses might.
The Ant-Man Award
For Pint Sized Pugnacity
15 points, 6 assists, 3 steals per game and a TS% of 60.
Russdiculous will be a good backup point guard, especially if he finds himself on Thibs next team.
The Cap Shield
For Traditional Supremacy
His numbers are unimpressive when you dig deeper but the embarrassment he caused in the post was real.
Big Al has someone to hand his bulk post scoring crown over to, possibly this season.
The Quicksilver Award
For Time Dilation
How does this happen? He must create some type of time warp that slows everyone else up.
Really though, 24 points per 36 and a 27 PER in the 2nd biggest sample in Summer League (behind RHJ) is pretty impressive.
The Asgard Trophy
For Godlike Preeminence
Best Summer League performance of the top 5 guys drafted.
He shows flashes of having it all – a mobile 7’3 athlete with a jumper, running around swatting and dunking.
The Benjamin Grimm Award
16 rebounds and 4 blocks per 36.
Bebe has grown up.
The Human Torch Award
For Relentless Scoring
Shot 32% but still scored 22 a game on a near average TS%.
9 freebies and 6 deep bombs a game on good percentages saved him from getting the next award.
The Rocket Trophy
For Most Unrepentant Gunning
Threw up 17 shots in under 30 minutes a game.
Showed his versatility but also put up a putrid 46 TS%.
The Groot Cup
For Best Impression of a Tree
Hung out being 7’3, blocked 5 shots per 36.
Only NBAer who can call Gobert stumpy.
The Ultron Award
For Unwarranted Hype and Wasted Potential
“He’s a beast” “Who needs LaMarcus?” “The next great Laker big”
Didn’t rebound and wasn’t efficient in his second Summer League.
Red flag city.
The Natasha Romanoff Plate
For Looking Good Without Doing Much
Looked smooth as hell while racking up as many turnovers as made shots
The Starlord Award
For Personal Improvement
PER of 6 last Summer League bumped to 28 this time around.
Not too shabby.
The Wolverine Cup
For Slashing and Starpower
This was probably the highlight of Summer League.
Hit a game winning three in his other outing.
The Vision Trophy
For Unrealised Potential
Managed to show exactly how he could destroy the league despite a disappointing Summer League debut overall.