The NBA Las Vegas Summer League wraps up with its championship game Monday evening, and a ton of former Big Ten ballers will be taking the floor with the title on the line.
There are six former Big Ten players combined on both the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves rosters, five of which are on the Bulls: Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Raymar Morgan, Maryland’s Rasheed Sulaimon and Dez Wells and Northwestern’s Tre Demps are all playing for the Bulls.
The lone Big Ten player taking the floor for Minnesota is former Michigan State standout Adreian Payne.
Valentine, the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, is leading the Bulls in scoring with 12.3 points per game during Summer League action. Wells is the only Big Ten player on the Bulls to start a game and is averaging 4.7 points per game. Sulaimon and Morgan have both played sparingly and Demps has not checked into a game yet.
Payne has started in all seven of Minnesota’s games and is second on the team with an average of 14.6 points per game. The Timberwolves have gone on a magical run through the tournament bracket as the No. 24 seed in the 24-team bracket. The Bulls have dominated Summer League action and enter the game a perfect 6-0.
The Summer League championship game will tip off at 9 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN2.