As festivities begin to wind down in Las Vegas, and the Summer League edges towards to naming a champion, we are still getting a number of eye-opening performances as well as thrilling finishes, including Glen Rice Jr.’s monster game in a triple-overtime victory for the Wizards.
Day Eight — Saturday July 19th
Tim Hardaway Jr. — It was a day for the son’s of NBA legends, with Hardaway joining Rice in putting up monster numbers. Hardaway dropped 27 points, but as usual, added nothing else. In saying that, his scoring has been exemplary in Vegas, and with talk of J.R. Smith being on the outer in New York, a starting role could beckon this season.
Noah Vonleh — The number nine draft pick has responded strongly from his abysmal debut, registering double-doubles in three of the last five games, including 12 points and 10 rebounds against the Knicks. Although still behind Cody Zeller on the depth chart, Vonleh has outplayed the second-year man and could leapfrog him in no time.
Donatas Motiejunas — Motiejunas has looked a level above the other players in Vegas and that’s good for Houston, who will need him to log big minutes this season with Omer Asik now in New Orleans. Against Atlanta, Motiejunas led all scorers with 19 points and added 13 rebounds and helped the Rockets progress to the next round.
Tony Snell — Snell added 20 points in the loss to the KIngs, which coincidentally his average through five Summer League games. He’s shooting a remarkable 50 percent from deep as well as is pushing hard for minutes in coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation.
Glen Rice Jr. — Rice has looked supreme in Vegas, with his lowest output being 22 points. He scored 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds with four steals Saturday, leading the Wizards to the exhilarating victory in triple overtime. Along with Otto Porter Jr, Rice is pushing hard for minutes along the wing in D.C.
Austin Daye — Admittedly, I’m a big fan of Daye and have been waiting for him to realise his potential for about five years now. He has looked very, very good so far and dropped 27 points with seven rebounds and two blocks Saturday to go with the 20 he scored on Thursday. Problem is, he’s on the Spurs and minutes along the wing aren’t exactly easy to come by.
As strange as it may seem, pretty much every player on an NBA roster was impressive on Sunday. Even the three Kings player, Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas and Ray McCallum, were productive in their limited minutes.