There isn’t a whole lot going on in the NBA at the moment. That’s partly because Victor Wembanyama has been shut down for playing time in the NBA’s Summer League. He wasn’t effective in his debut last week, which could be attributed to nerves. However, the 7’5″ center for the San Antonio Spurs scored 27 points in his second game. It was after this game, that the Spurs announced he wouldn’t be playing in any more NBA Summer League games.
“Victor Wembanyama’s summer league has officially come to an end, sources told ESPN, with the San Antonio Spurs deciding Monday to shut down the No. 1 pick in last month’s NBA draft after a stellar second game here in Sin City.”
Recent NBA News: Houston Rockets Owning Summer League
There were some Summer League games that were played on Tuesday. The Houston Rockets improved to 3-0 in Las Vegas. They defeated the OKC Thunder 105-92 in a game without a bright light for star power.
The Rockets have made just a tiny bit of noise during the offseason. Houston signed Dillon Brooks last week, a player that is capable of playing an important role on a playoff contender. The Rockets remain huge longshots in NBA title futures, priced at 150 to 1 with bet365. A Summer League title won’t change their betting futures much at all.
How the NBA In-season Tournament Works
The biggest recent news in the NBA over the last several days had to do with an announcement of an in-season tournament. There is a really good explanation of how this event will work in an NBA.com video. Richard Jefferson acts as spokesman in the video, one that should help NBA fans resolve any confusion about how the tournament works.
The part that a lot of NBA fans are having problems understanding is the group-play component. There are NO EXTRA GAMES added to the season for this component of the tournament. Selected regular-season games will DOUBLE as group-play results, adding double value to these games. However, teams that advance out of the group play could advance to a championship game on December 9th in Las Vegas.
In other news, the Damian Lillard trade rumors might be alive and ticking for quite some time. It feels like he might be heading out of Portland but the Trail Blazers aren’t keen on letting him go for nothing. Lillard, who used to appear among the core favorites to win the NBA MVP, is still more than capable of starting on a contender. Nowadays, Lillard is still considered the 10th favorite to win the NBA MVP. For instance, bet365 has him at 22 to 1 in their MVP futures.