Well, the two semi-finals of the Las Vegas Summer League were played today, leaving us now with just two teams to compete in tomorrow’s final. On the back of another big performance from Donatas Motiejunas, the Houston Rockets will take on the Sacramento Kings for the somewhat meaningless title of Summer League champion.
Day Nine — Sunday July 20th
Donatas Motiejunas — The big Lithuanian recorded his third straight double-double, scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. He struggles to add steals or blocks and hasn’t stepped out and knocked down many three-pointers, but he will be a deep league source of points and boards this season as the primary backup behind Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones.
Isaiah Canaan — Much like Motiejunas, Canaan is in line for an increased role this season as he moves into the vacated backup point guard role, previously held by Jeremy Lin. Canaan scored 24 points, but only added one assist in the victory over the Hornets. He scored over 20 points twice in his last three games and will most likely be in line for around 20 minutes a game this coming season and may be able to sneak into the end of standard league drafts with Houston’s high tempo offense.
P.J. Hairston — After a horrible 2-of-16 debut, Hairston has been one of the in form scorers of the Vegas Summer League, adding another 27 points in Sunday’s loss. He also added seven boards and three steals and actually has eight steals in his last four games. With Lance Stephenson now in Charlotte, Hairston’s best bet for minutes is to beat out Gerald Henderson (which may not be that difficult), but he doesn’t have a very diverse skill set for fantasy purposes.
Glen Rice Jr. — Named as the Summer League MVP, Rice was on fire yet again, scoring another 24 points, with nine rebounds and an amazing six steals. In six games, he has averaged 24.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 steals and hopefully for his sake, this translates into a meaty role during the season, particularly with the departure of Trevor Ariza and the injury to Martell Webster.
Nik Stauskas — After a great start, Stauskas has really tailed off in his last three appearances, failing to score over 10 points. Even though the Kings won, Stauskas scored just seven points, going 3-of-12 and 1-of-6 from deep. The battle for the shooting guard spot is still up in the air heading into preseason.
Ben McLemore — The reason the shooting guard spot is still up in the air is because McLemore has also struggled. In 29 minutes Sunday, McLemore scored six points with five rebounds. He has, at least, shown a proclivity for grabbing boards, averaging 4.2 in his six games and actually shot the ball decently, going a 48.1 percent from the field. The way things stand now, I’d be avoiding both Stauskas and McLemore in standard leagues.