Quick Bit: LeBron James isn’t the only star who has made a pit stop at the Drew League.
The Drew League has seen some of the best players in NBA history participate in its games, and that tradition has continued this summer.
Fans of the pro-am league, which was established in 1973, have witnessed the performances of superstars such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James, who made his Drew League return this year. The four-time NBA MVP electrified the crowd and brought an incredible amount of energy to King Drew Magnet High School in Los Angeles.
“Just to see the kids out there being able to see LeBron James come play in Compton, like, you cannot beat that,” DeMar DeRozan, who played on the same team as James, said during a recent appearance on Draymond Green’s podcast. “The atmosphere was one of a kind. It was special, a couple moments where I just looked around.
“You see kids, just the smiles and the excitement on their faces. That’s something that they’re gonna remember forever, and that’s what it’s all about.”
But James isn’t the only one who has made a pit stop at the Drew League. Here’s a rundown of the stars who have made appearances in Drew League games this year.
Tracking NBA players at Drew League
LeBron James and DeMar DeRozan (July 16)
DeRozan is a Drew League veteran, but James hadn’t participated in Drew League competition since 2011. He didn’t disappoint in his return, leading the MMV Cheaters to a 104-102 win over Black Pearl Elite.
James totaled 42 points, 16 rebounds and four steals. DeRozan scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Trae Young and John Collins (July 23)
Young and Collins brought their chemistry to the Drew League a week after James and DeRozan joined forces. The Hawks teammates provided plenty of entertainment with Black Pearl Elite, but they didn’t get a win, falling to the Citi Team Blazers by a final score of 103-100.
Young finished with 22 points, seven assists and seven steals. Collins added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Isaiah Thomas (July 30)
Isaiah Thomas pulled up at the Drew League and reminded everyone he is still a walking bucket.
I.T. was up to his usual tricks, pouring in 45 points, five assists and seven 3-pointers to lead Ghost to a 103-85 win over All In.
Hawks Big 3 shines at CrawsOver (July 31)
The new-look Atlanta Hawks trio of Trae Young, John Collins and Dejounte Murray turned out at Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am in Seattle, leading The Dream Team to a 126-121 win over the Sonics.
Murray, a Seattle native led the charge with 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Young added 37 points and 13 assists and Collins finished with 27 points and 17 rebounds.
Paul George (TBD)
During a July 27 Twitch stream, George revealed that he plans on returning to the Drew League for the first time since 2014.
“Be on the lookout. I’ll be in the Drew League,” George said. “I’ll pop up one of these weekends in the Drew.”
The Athletic’s Law Murray reported that George could take the floor at some point in August.
Drew League schedule
Here is the full Drew League schedule for this weekend:
How to watch Drew League games
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