Jul 20, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Kyle Anderson (1) shoots against the defense of Phoenix Suns guard Archie Goodwin (20) during the NBA Summer League Final at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
The San Antonio Spurs are your Summer League Champions after an impressive victory against a talented Phoenix Suns team. It’s hard to argue that the Spurs are better on paper (summer league team), matter of fact it’s hard to argue their better than most. That doesn’t seem to matter as they play with the chemistry of a team that’s been around for year’s and it starts with leader Kyle Anderson.
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Anderson, the Summer League MVP is a 6″9 point-forward that keeps the bunch together. In the final he was quieter than usual, still making an impact, going for 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
It was Treveon Graham and Jonathon Simmons that made noise for the Spurs, despite coming off the bench. Simmons finished with 23 points, Graham went for 22 points.
Mike James was tremendous for Phoenix, as he went for 32 points and 8 rebounds. James shot 10 of 18 from the field, connecting on 3 of 6 triples.
The Suns trailed by 10 with 46 seconds to play, but made things interesting as they ended up cutting it to three at the end of the game. T.J. Warren finished with 17 points and rebounds for the Suns before fouling out. The Suns had 31 team fouls in the game and three players (Warren, Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin) fouled out.
The key in the game was free-throw shooting. The Spurs made 26 of 38 free-throws, compared to the Suns 17 of 21.
Now that the Spurs have won the summer league, it’s time for them to win the real thing in June.