ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- While the Las Vegas summer league will name a champion for the first time this season, most NBA teams don't set out to celebrate championships in July.
Sure, all players and coaches involved in the summer league are competitors and want to win, but development and evaluation are much more vital.
The Milwaukee Bucks begin play in the Las Vegas summer league Saturday night against Denver with three different types of players on their roster. First, there's players fighting to get an invite to training camp. Next, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith are battling to stay in the NBA.
Lastly, second-year forward John Henson is aiming to show the new coaching staff what he can do and how he's improved from his rookie season.
"Just play hard to let the coaches see what I can do and let them get comfortable with me," Henson said. "(I want to) get comfortable with their system. As a young guy, I need to pick a little faster than the older guys."
Bucks assistant coach Bob Bender is...