NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 16 in Las Vegas

July 16th, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Quarterfinal Saturday at the 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League featured three upsets.

The second-seeded Chicago Bulls were the lone exception, but that's not why the Windy City crew emerged as the day's biggest winner. Sure, the 88-85 win over the Washington Wizards looks nice, and possessing Sin City's lone unblemished record (5-0) sounds even better.

But the process within the victory held more meaning than the actual result. With sophomore Bobby Portis and rookie Denzel Valentine striping seven of their 10 combined outside looks, Chicago may have found some needed relief for its space-deprived roster.

The Bulls are desperate for downtown shooting. Their biggest offseason additions—Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo—both own sub-30 career three-point percentages. Their lone returning All-Star, Jimmy Butler, hit just 31.2 percent from deep last season. Potential frontcourt starters Robin Lopez and Taj Gibson have one career three between them.

Oh, and perimeter sniping just happens to be the backbone of head coach Fred Hoiberg's preferred pace-and-space style.

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