Tar Heels in Summer League: Anthony, Sharpe play well in victories

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony wasn’t sharing the Orlando Magic’s backcourt with rookie Jalen Suggs for the first time during the NBA Summer League on Sunday and came through with his best game in Las Vegas. In 22 minutes, Anthony collected 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists (against five turnovers) and two blocks in Orlando’s …

Tar Heels in Summer League: Pinson, Sharpe play well but Theo’s Bucks win

By R.L. Bynum Theo Pinson and Day’Ron Sharpe on Wednesday had the best games of any Tar Heels so far at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas as Sharpe’s Brooklyn Nets outlasted Pinson’s Milwaukee Bucks 97–91. After Pinson, a veteran of three NBA seasons, played 34 minutes all of last season for the New …

Tar Heels in Summer League: Pinson, Anthony start, make key free throws in wins

By R.L. Bynum How will life on the Orlando Magic change for Cole Anthony now that Jalen Suggs is on the team? Anthony and Suggs both started Monday night in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center. At least for this game, though, Anthony started at off guard with Suggs at point guard in …

NBA Summer League in Vegas starts Sunday with seven Tar Heels on rosters

By R.L. Bynum Eight Tar Heels ranging in age from 19 to 27 are on rosters for the NBA Summer League, which gets underway Sunday and runs until Aug. 17 in Las Vegas. The oldest is Isaiah Hicks, 27, who is on the Los Angeles Clippers’ roster, and the youngest is first-round draft pick Day’Ron …

Bullock reportedly signs 3-year deal with Mavericks

By R.L. Bynum The Dallas Mavericks want to surround Luka Doncic with good shooters and took a solid step in that direction Monday by signing former UNC star wing Reggie Bullock to a 3-year deal, according to the Dallas Morning News. Sharms Charania of The Athletic reported that the deal is worth $30.5 million. NBA …

A Tar Heel will win an NBA title for the third consecutive season, push total player titles to 36

By R.L. Bynum Danny Green’s injury during the Philadelphia 76ers’ Eastern Conference semifinals series contributed to him being denied a third consecutive NBA title. But it’s guaranteed that a Tar Heel will win a title for a third consecutive season — either Cameron Johnson with the Phoenix Suns or Justin Jackson with the Milwaukee Bucks. …

Cam Johnson’s defense big part of Suns’ run to NBA Finals; ‘he’s a starter in this league,’ Coach Monty Williams says

By R.L. Bynum Good defense is hard to prove statistically other than with steals and blocks. You have to watch a player defend talented opponents. But, make no mistake about it, Cameron Johnson’s defense is one of the reasons that the Phoenix Suns are in their first NBA Finals since 1993. Johnson may get more …

Johnson’s good shooting isn’t enough for Suns; was he getting enough shots?

By R.L. Bynum Could it be time for the Phoenix Suns to give Cameron Johnson more shots? For only the fifth time this season and the first time in the playoffs, Johnson has scored in double figures for a third consecutive game. But it wasn’t enough Thursday as the host Los Angeles Clippers beat Phoenix …

Cam Johnson doesn’t miss as the Suns take 2–0 series lead

By R.L. Bynum Tuesday night, Cameron Johnson couldn’t miss and his Phoenix Suns couldn’t be beaten. Playing again without Chris Paul, still out under the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Suns took a 2–0 series lead in the Western Conference finals over the Los Angeles Clippers with thrilling 104–103 home victory on Deandre Ayton’s …

Johnson’s best playoff game helps Suns win opener of Western Conference finals

By R.L. Bynum With Chris Paul out of Phoenix’s lineup because of health and safety protocols, the Suns needed a lift from multiple players in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers. One of those players was Cameron Johnson, who played aggressively. The former Tar Heel scored 12 points …