NBA stars have largely disappeared from the past Rucker Park, Barry Farms, and Drew League tournaments they used to regularly participate in. LeBron James’ 42-point performance at The Drew League a week ago was a call for vindication for his NBA colleagues. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Drew League is back on the radar of current and future NBA stars.
Drew League is not some professional people. Most of them include former Division I college athletes or track and field athletes who have had a cup of coffee in the Association or abroad. When the NBAers walk through the door, they’re the hunted. The best case scenario is an NBAer parachuting down, dropping to 40 like he has to and being surrounded by approved fans who can’t afford to see them play the field in regular season competition. often. Kobe did this in 2011 and make everyone forget that James Harden was even lying on the floor. You can’t be afraid to be humiliated, but the worst case scenario is your reputation left on a stretcher.
Tari Eason, who became the most underrated 2022 rookie of any scout, dropped by 37 points cumulative and 13 pounds, including free throws to win the gamethen suggested he could just keep buffering his stats there for the rest of the summer. Sacramento Kings reserve Chimezie Metu, a Drew League regular, had 25 points along with nine rebounds.
As great as they were, everyone gathered in the gym to watch Trae Young and John Collins play Black Pearl Elite vs Talen Horton-Tucker Citi Team Blazers. Children are snakes. He shows off his range, complete with some nifty switcharoos under the rim and avoids being overtaken by any ailing-handled guard looking to make a name for himself. He ended up scoring 22 points, but their opponents, the Citi Team Blazers, proved they were unstoppable.
Young was hit on target, Collins was hit, became the first NBA player to foul in the Drew League, was wooed by a broadcaster for it, and Pearl Elite lost two. It was a mixed bag for Young. For John Collins, it was a night where he would likely push into the dark corners of his memory bank, lock the vault and pretend it never happened. It’s not an entirely suspicious affair, but for an NBA player, it’s substandard.
Finally, it looks like Collins is solidifying his defense by appearing in an exhibition game, catching a few lobs, run a few laps up and down the pitch, sweat and experience the atmosphere of the Drew League. Either way, he’s not the type of player to excel in this format. It’s indoor, but the Drew League is your typical streetball circuit, where ball handlers and ring snipers reign supreme.
That’s what makes Horton-Tucker’s struggle all the more confusing. His basketball rep has accomplished more than anyone in the league over the past 12 months. A year ago, Horton-Tucker was every Laker fan’s tacit candidate for the next breakout star. In the minds of some, he was supposed to go to the Lakers, what Jordan Poole is to the Warriors. However, in his third year, the 21-year-old proved more than a man. He signed a 3-year, $30 million contract extension for the 2012 season and then, for 25 minutes per game, Horton-Tucker only shot 41.6% from the field and 26.9% from distance in the course of the campaign. 60 matches.
He brought that to The Drew League and finished with just 14 points, six rebounds and two steals. He was killed on NBA Twitter for 38% shot from the field, but the shot rate in street rugby leagues is worthless. Everyone in these tournaments is doing high-stakes unannounced shots trying to give fans a show, so don’t go overboard.
However, his 1/8th shot and inability to drive on the left is on par with course, which has scared off overzealous Lakers fans with another season of Horton’s stalled development. – Tucker. Hansel Emmanuel, who also plays in the Drew League Saturday, goes as often to the left as Horton-Tucker. But in a city where fans want to embrace him, slipping through and having a mid-time performance in the pro game is a reminder of how he’s been through such a disappointing team. any.