Denzel Valentine went into full-fledged hero mode Monday night in the championship game of the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League.
The former Michigan State star and Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year dazzled with two buzzer-beating buckets to help the Bulls defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 84-82, and finish the Summer League a perfect 7-0.
Valentine’s first clutch shot came with 3.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter with the Bulls trailing 77-74. Valentine took a pass from Cristiano Felicio off a well-designed inbound play and buried the game-tying three off the back of the iron to send the game into overtime.
Valentine’s Day continued during overtime. As the seconds were running off the clock, Valentine dribbled to his right with the help of a pick, swiveled back to the left and into the top of the key, picked up his dribble with a jump step, pivoted a full 180 degrees and swished home the game-winning basket as time expired to secure the championship.
For a rookie, Valentine was smooth like butter throughout the entire sequence.
— NBA (@NBA) July 19, 2016
Valentine’s epic performance near the end of Monday night’s game could be an extremely promising sign of what’s to come from the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Even his star teammate Dwayne Wade couldn’t help but take notice.
Ok Denzel Valentine I see you kid!!!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 19, 2016
Wade might not be the only one taking notice when Valentine hits the hardwood for his official NBA debut this fall.