Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 2/11/13
Every summer, basketball fans are treated with clips of NBA players spending their offseason touring Pro-Am tournaments. Pro-Am leagues are extremely entertaining, as the talent level is still high, but there is far more athleticism and shooting ability combined with less of an emphasis on defense. Swag is necessary; taunting and dancing are highly encouraged. Essentially, you’re getting a competitive street all-star game that takes place in a crowded and hot gym, with fan interaction highly encouraged. Without further ado, here is the NBA All Pro-Am First Team: PG: Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks Growing up in Compton, California, Jennings has always had a ton of swagger on the court (he also sports a Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles tattoo). The 6’1 guard absolutely flies and isn’t afraid to pull up from anywhere on the court. Over the summer, Jennings plays in LA’s most famous Pro-Am league, the Drew League, playing on The Game’s team. Jennings may be the Pro-Am MVP, and you’ll definitely want to watch the entire video below (the ending is the best). Click here to view the video on YouTube. SG: Josh Selby, Cleveland Cavaliers Although Selby has not found his spot in the NBA, he is a beast in the Pro-Am world. The 6’2 guard from Baltimore absolutely lights it up from beyond the arc, and then surprises everyone with his freakish athleticism on the fast break. If only he was as effective for the Cavs as he is over summer. Click here to view the video on YouTube. SF: James Harden, Houston Rockets Like Jennings, Harden is also known for coming home over summer and tearing up the Drew League. Having played along side Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, people didn’t realize just how good Harden is. The lefty from LA scores at will, jumps out of the gym, has incredible handles, and locks up on defense. Click here to view the video on YouTube. PF: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (he is a PF for the sake of the article) Simply put, Durant kills it every time he steps on the court, be it in NBA arenas or local high school courts. Like Selby, Durant reps the DMV, which competes with Los Angeles for the best Pro-Am ball in the country. Two summers ago, Durant absolutely tore up Rucker Park (the most famous Pro-Am court in the world located in Harlem) with 66 points. At one point the game had to be stopped because the fans rushed the court after KD caught fire in the fourth quarter. Click here to view the video on YouTube. C: JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets Usually the Pro-Am style of ball does not cope well with centers due to the chaotic up-and-down pace. But when it comes to JaVale, an up-and-down style with maximum emphasis on athleticism and virtually no emphasis on “court smarts” is the perfect style of play. If you have ever seen him play, you know he is a freak of nature that is athletic as anyone…and you also know he makes more jaw dropping (in a bad way) plays than anyone else. Click here to view the video on YouTube. -Langer
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