By Lauren Jones, DrewLeague.com
Where else can you find packed stands, screaming fans, NBA players and quality basketball for free? Guaranteed nowhere other than the Drew League in July. This is the moment you have all been waiting for, NBA players are now able to join League teams and compete. If the competition thus far is any indication of how this season will go, then one can only imagine how crazy it will get. The King-Drew gym will never see so much action from basketball elites.
Fans have been spotting NBA players who drop by to support their intended Drew League teams or just to show support of players. As of July 1st, those Drew League regulars are able to finally play. It is a rule that NBA players are not allowed to play in competing leagues until the conclusion of the NBA season.
Brandon Jennings is returning this season to play for Tradition, which can use all the help they can get as they currently hold a 1-6 record.
Philadelphia 76ers, Nick Young, will join the Most Hated Players (MHP) alongside Denver Nuggets’ Javale McGee. With Young, McGee and the squad that MHP already has, their 3-4 record could really turn around for the remainder of the summer.
Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors is set to join his brother Mychel Thompson and free agent Austin Daye on CABC.
The #2 ranked team in the Alvin Willis Division of the League; Kings of LA will add Dorell Wright who was recently signed by the Portland Trailblazers. Wright also has confirmed DeRozan’s teammate Amir Johnson of the Toronto Raptors will be coming to assist the Kings of LA.
That is still no match for the #1 team in the League, Money Gang. Last year, The Game brought J.R. Smith, Metta World Peace, Paul George, Chris Brown and DeMar DeRozan to play for the Money Gang. Although DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is the only confirmed addition to the Money Gang thus far, it is safe to assume that The Game has some other surprises.
These are only the confirmed NBA players for this season, but the beauty of the Drew is that one never knows just who might walk into King-Drew gym. In recent years, players such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and James Harden have played in games at the Drew League. Make sure you’re at King-Drew just in case one of these NBA greats decides to stop by. Basketball does not get much better or more raw than this. You don’t want to miss out!
Lauren Jones is entering her senior year at USC majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Media Studies. This is her second summer interning for the Drew League. Her career aspirations are to work as an esteemed sports journalist and eventually as a consultant for athletes in financial literacy, public relations and brand management. Her past experiences include interning for Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Clippers, BET Network, EAG Sports Management, and Nike EYBL.