Post successful performances at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, the Sacramento Kings’ Davion Mitchell and the Brooklyn Nets’ Cam Thomas have been announced as the co-Most Valuable Players of the tournament. Notably, while Mitchell had keyed Sacramento’s run to the Summer League championship, which they finalised on Tuesday after rolling past Boston Celtics. Overall, he averaged 10.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists in Summer League. Moreover, he shot 42.3% overall and 47.1% on 3-pointers.
Notably, Thomas was the number 1 scorer in the Summer League (27.0ppg) and his performance was one of the key factors which aided Brooklyn to a 3-2 mark in the showcase event. He shot 42.3% overall and 36% on 3-pointers while also managing an overall average of 1.8 rpg and 2.0 apg for the Nets.
It is worth highlighting that both the names have been included among the players named in the All-Summer League First Team. The likes of Jalen Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), Trey Murphy III (New Orleans Pelicans), Payton Pritchard (Boston Celtics), Jalen Smith (Phoenix Suns) and Obi Toppin (New York Knicks) are all part of this group.
Moreover, the number 1 overall pick in the 2021 Draft, Cade Cunningham of Detroit, led the All-Summer League Second Team. The number 2 overall pick Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets joined him on this list along with Paul Reed (Philadelphia 76ers), Patrick Williams (Chicago Bulls) and Luke Garza (Pistons). Both the teams were selected by a distinguished media panel and experts.
Davion Mitchell also took to social media to share a series of pictures reflecting on his journey at the Summer League. "Trust Your Work ?#summerleaguechamps," he captioned the post.
Earlier in the month, Kevin Durant was adjudged MVP of the Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament at Tokyo 2020. The 32-year-old forward had started the event with two 10-point games, but then the player had a great run for the rest of the Olympics.
"Kevin Durant is amazing. You put a big on him, he's able to drive. You put a small guy on him and he's able to shoot over him. All my teammates did their best, but it is really difficult," France's guard Nando De Colo had famously said after the final.