Buycking the Trend

One shot / One opportunity / To seize everything you ever wanted / One moment / You can capture it / Or just let it slip

You can bet there are one or two NBA hopefuls pumping “Lose Yourself” through their ear buds before a Summer League game. That’s why it’s one of our favorite times on the basketball calendar: Summer League is full of journeymen—has-beens and never-will-bes going all-out to show they belong in the Association.

And we’ve already got our first success story of the summer. When he enrolled at Indian Hills Community College in 2007, just making the Summer League must’ve seemed like a pipe dream to Dwight Buycks. But point guards are judged by their win totals, and after going 58-13 in two seasons with the Warriors, the heady floor general transferred to Marquette, where he started in his senior season.

Buycks has logged time in France and Belgium since a successful campaign in the D-League with the Tulsa 66ers. He turned up in Orlando with the Heat’s Summer League team, and Toronto snapped him up to be Kyle Lowry’s backup. It doesn’t matter where you are—just show up and show out. Remember Dwight Buycks next time someone tells you no.