Second-year players Trendon Watford and Brandon Williams led the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA Summer League championship in Las Vegas by defea
Second-year players Trendon Watford and Brandon Williams led the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA Summer League championship in Las Vegas by defeating the New York Knicks 85-77.
Watford was named the Most Valuable Player of the Summer League championship game after recording 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot. The forward was 7-for-15 shooting, 3-for-6 on 3-point shooting.
For his part, rookie Jabari Walker had a solid double-double for the Blazers off the bench. The player recruited with the penultimate selection of the last Draft accumulated 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Although five New York players scored in double figures, the Knicks pinned their hopes on Quentin Grimes, but the shooting guard had no accuracy on his long-distance shots (2/11) despite adding 19 points.
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Former Summer League Champions
The Las Vegas Summer League is an NBA event that has been played since 2004 with the aim of giving first-year players and those with little experience a showcase. An annual champion has been defined since 2013, with the exception of the 2020 season in which it was not played in Las Vegas due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With their victory today, the Trail Blazers became the second team with two Summer League championships. The Portland franchise also won the 2018 edition.
The first trophy was won by the Golden State Warriors and Ian Clark was the MVP of the final. Sacramento Kings (2014, 2021), San Antonio Spurs (2015), Chicago Bulls (2016), Los Angeles Lakers (2017), Memphis Grizzlies (2019) have also won the Sumer League.