Las Vegas Summer League: Day 3 Recap

By Drew Packham, NBA.com



LAS VEGAS — The first seven-game day of action saw a handful of second-year players prove their worth. Markieff Morris had 21 points and nine rebounds to help the Suns to a win over New York in their first game. San Antonio swingman Kawhi Leonard showed why he’s a starter with the Spurs, scoring 23 points on 8-for-18 shooting (0-for-3 on 3s) in an 82-76 win over Atlanta. Jordan Hamilton had 18 points and seven rebounds in Denver’s 88-77 loss to the Mavs. And third-year forward Luke Babbitt closed out the day with a surprising 19-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Blazers.

Non-rookie of the day: Morris, Hamilton and Leonard had nice showings, but the nod goes to Dallas guard Dominique Jones. The combo guard entering his third season put up 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Mavs’ 88-77 win. “I have a good opportunity out here to be myself with nothing in the back of my head and just play my game,” Jones said. Jones was aggressive getting into the lane (he got to the free-throw line nine times)

Rookie of the Day: Damian Lillard, Blazers. The Blazers point guard started slow, but came on in the second half and had one of the better showings from a rookie in Las Vegas. Lillard finished with 25 points on 9-for-21 shooting and ran the pick-and-roll well with fellow first-round pick Meyers Leonard, who finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in his debut. Lillard looked confident going to his left and got to the rim repeatedly in his matchup with Hornets rookie Austin Rivers. “I’ve seen what I needed to see from him,” Leonard said. “I completely expected it, but he’s just gonna take off from here. “

Coming up: Three teams make their Summer League debuts — the Clippers, Wolves and Bucks (and No. 14 pick John Henson) — on Monday in Las Vegas. The Celtics make their Las Vegas start after playing in Orlando. Four games will be televised on NBA TV, beginning at 4 p.m. ET with Hawks-Celtics, followed by Rockets-Kings at 6:30 and Lakers-Heat at 8:30. The Bucks and Hornets close out the quadruple header at 10:30 ET.

8 Comments

  1. chad18 says:

    y does denzel bowles not mentioned..??if im ryt he is had a double duoble..he lead the hornets and scored 18 pts in just 19 mins on 8 of 12 shooting and grabbed 12 rebs..??so how come he is ignored..???

    • yahn says:

      some player in the team are overhyped.–like autin rivers. not to mention a shoot first point guard in the making.

  2. Matt Brady says:

    I am a Purdue fan and I do not remember M. Leonard being that good. Last season Purdue did not have a big man and M.Leonard did nothing.

  3. Summer league can define many players entry into the NBA. However, fundamentalsare essential to be learned and exercised by players and mental awareness to play basketball at the highest level of competition. I hope young players like Myers Leonard can make an impact immediately.

  4. Summerm league can define many players entry into the NBA. However, fundamentals are essential to learned and exercised by players and mental awarenessto play basketball at the highest level of competition. I hope young players like Myers Leonard can make an impact immediately.

  5. steppx says:

    Rivers got lit up just like McColllum did in the NCAA. He is an awful defender. Over hyped. Plays smaller than he is. Lillard was great.

  6. steppx says:

    rivers got lit up…..just like McCollum did in the NCAA,,,the rivers hype machine at work because he cant play D. Lillard was great…..Leonard ok, but he needs to figure out where to be on defense.

  7. ForeverBlazerFan says:

    Damn………………………………I never really follow college baseketball…..ever…..The only guy I could reconize is the unibrow guy (davis) Tha looks like the offspring of scottie pippen and ernie from bert and ernie on sesame street. So yah i had no clue whole the hell Lillard,Leanord, and Barton where……..Until now. Damn Im digging these guys. Can we say starting line up of.

    Matthews
    Lillard
    Lenord
    Aldrige
    and any other player.

    Im also been surprised to see since near the end of last season that luke babbit is becoming a monster. Keep this up blazers.

    One more thing to the blazers owner paul allen………Do your self a favor and put new GM neil into the president position as well. Larry was a horrible boss and it would be in your best interest to make niel oshley the president as well.
    This is a true GM who knows what he is doing. And to you blazer fans who think we need someone like D.Howard or Josh smith etc. Shut the hell up where doing just fine with out them no ovverated and overpaid star wants to play here nomatter how much money our rich owner Allen can dish out. We have something very beautiful in the making here so dont mess it up!!!!!!