LAS VEGAS – Monday was when the entire summer league got under way, with the Bucks, Clippers, Timberwolves and Celtics played here for the first time, with the final delay of Milwaukee lottery pick John Henson staying back at the hotel with the flu. Seven games in two gyms at UNLV provided some developments, though.
Non-Rookie of the Day: Talk about a bad few hours. News came early in the afternoon that the Kings had signed Aaron Brooks, a nice addition at a low cost but another setback for Jimmer Fredette in his attempt to transition from scorer to point guard. That path may now be closed. Then, when the Kings played the Rockets at Thomas & Mack Center, he kept firing away with little early success. The second-year guard finished with 30 points, but on 10-of-21 shooting thanks to a late hot streak.
Rookie of the Day: It’s not just that Tyler Zeller had 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes while making five of eight shots in Cleveland’s 94-88 victory over the D-League All-Stars. It’s that it came a day after the No. 17 pick had 14 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes in the opener. The stats don’t mean a thing. Immediately playing with consistency, though, is very encouraging for the Cavaliers.
Coming up: Baring setbacks, No. 13 pick Kendall Marshall is scheduled to make his Suns debut after sitting out the opener while a paperwork issue was being resolved, and No. 2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to return to the Bobcats lineup following a one-game absence with a minor knee injury. Six games will be televised on NBA TV: Nuggets-Knicks at 4 p.m. ET, Spurs-Lakers at 6:30, Cavaliers-Suns at 8:30, Timberwolves-Bobcats at 10:30, Trail Blazers-Rockets shown delayed at 1 a.m. and Wizards-Grizzlies shown delayed at 4 a.m.