- Davion Mitchell‘s defense led the Sacramento Kings to the Summer League title.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) August 18, 2021
Together, that earned them co-MVP awards for the NBA Summer League.
— NBA Summer League (@NBASummerLeague) August 18, 2021
Both of them also made the First Team All-Summer League, along with Jalen Johnson (Hawks), Trey Murphy III (Pelicans), Payton Pritchard (Celtics), Jalen Smith (Suns), and Obi Toppin (Knicks). And yes, there are seven players on the First Team All-Summer League (tied votes).
Winning Summer League MVP is no guarantee of NBA stardom. There have been some future All-NBA MVPs — Damian Lillard, Blake Griffin, John Wall — but the list is mostly good role players such as Josh Hart, Tyus Jones, Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Anderson, and Lonzo Ball. We’ll see where Mitchell and Thomas ultimately fall on that list.