Trae Young, LeBron James among NBA players hooping at the Drew League

Few Pro-Am basketball organizations are as strong as the Drew League. The Los Angeles based Summer Hoops League features high quality competition from a collection of professional and amateur players. The circuit has seen many well-known NBA ballers since its inception in 1973.

Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George and Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden are among the players who have wowed viewers with outstanding performances in the past. The prominent talent has also produced notable celebrities to watch on the sidelines.

More NBA athletes lined up their kicks for the Drew League this year, and the action didn’t disappoint. From long-awaited returnees to young stars putting on a show, the hardwood action in LA was electric.

Here’s a look at some of the NBA stars who played in the Drew League this summer:

Trae Young and John Collins – July 23

was young itch to play in the Drew League when he learned that Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and Chicago Bulls guard DeMar DeRozan were attending the week before. He finally got his chance and shared the spot with Atlanta Hawks teammate John Collins on the Black Pearl Elite roster.

A highlight of the duo’s performance on Saturday was a striking alley-oop dunk from Young to Collins. The Hawks point guard continued to entertain the crowd by showing off his dribbling package and accuracy from 3-point range.

The outstanding games weren’t enough, however, as Black Pearl lost to the Citi Team Blazers 103-100. .

LeBron James and DeMar DeRozan – July 16

After a decade-long hiatus, James returned to the Drew League and teamed with DeRozan at the MMV Cheaters. With stars like Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green and hip-hop artist Quavo, James and DeRozan took over.

James shone with 42 points, 16 rebounds and 4 steals, while DeRozan pulled it off with 30 points and 14 rebounds en route to a 104-102 win over Black Pearl. Both NBA hoopers also brought the competitive advantage when James denied a call with umpires and DeRozan exchanged words with an opponent.

During the game, DeRozan showed his chemistry with James on a sweet dime that resulted in a dunk.

James, who is entering his 20th NBA season at the age of 37, showed he still has hops for a posterizing slam. He also sported his unreleased Nike LeBron 20 sneaker in a pink colorway.

Both players have posted pictures on their social media accounts after a successful on-pitch collaboration.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34282437/trae-young-lebron-james-nba-players-hooping-drew-league Trae Young, LeBron James among NBA players hooping at the Drew League

Emma Bowman

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