Two summers ago, the Chicago Bulls were Summer League champions.
Today, the NBA announced the path the Bulls will have to take to recapture that elusive, and prestigious, title at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas.
These three games will determine the seeding for the Summer League Tournament which begins on July 11 and ends with the championship game on July 17. This is the first time ever the Las Vegas Summer League will feature all 30 NBA teams. Every Summer League game will air either on an ESPN network or NBA TV.
Time for some premature speculation on which players will represent the Bulls in Las Vegas.
First, hopefully we’ll get to see both the Bulls No. 7 and No. 22 picks play this summer.
Lauri Markkanen’s summer will be interesting. Team Finland has qualifying games on June 25 for the second round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and they haven’t clinched a spot yet. Markkanen has already said he will play in these games. Will he also play in the Summer League upon his return to the United States?
After showing out in the Summer League last year, Antonio Blakeney may once again find himself on the Summer League roster. Ryan Arcidiacono, Jarell Eddie, and Mychal Mulder (Windy City Bulls top players) also may be on the roster.
In 2016, the Bulls won the Summer League Championship on the backs of a bunch of second year NBA players namely Jerian Grant, Bobby Portis, and Cristiano Felicio and a four-year college stud in Denzel Valentine.
The roster this summer could have a similar complexion. Second year players Blakeney and Markkanen (if he plays) gives the team star power. Arcidiacono knows how to run an offense and Eddie and Mulder both have talent. Add in a (hopefully) uber-talented No. 7 pick and a steal (cross your fingers) at No. 22 and you are looking at a heck of a roster.
Okay, I spent 300 words talking about Summer League. I’ll stop now.