NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 15 in Las Vegas

July 15th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

LAS VEGAS — Friday was Getaway Day at NBA Summer League. For pretty much everyone affiliated with the 16 teams that participated, the end couldn’t come soon enough.

But before the curtain fell on those out of the running for the tournament title, this year’s brightest young stars put on one last show for their fans in Las Vegas.

Ben Simmons returned from a two-game hiatus, which Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas ripped him for on national TV, to stuff the stat sheet and lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 74-66 win over the Miami Heat. 2016's No. 1 pick finished his summer slog with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in more than 31 minutes.

“He really wanted to play,” Sixers summer league coach Gene Burrows said. “If it was up to him, he would’ve played the whole game, but I had to take him out. He has great energy. He’s a basketball player that wants to be on the floor. He wants to win. He wants to make his teammates better. So it’s really hard sometimes to pull him out of the game because he’s so into it, which yo ...

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