Las Vegas Summer League: Day 8 Recap

By Drew Packham,


With the events of Thursday night in Aurora, Colo., hanging over the crowd, the Denver Nuggets closed out their Summer League with a 95-82 loss to the Trail Blazers.

After a moment of silence to honor those killed in the tragic shooting in Colorado, Nuggets players donned black headbands to pay their respects to those suffering in the Denver suburb.

On the court, the Nuggets’ Jordan Hamilton capped off a stellar Summer League with an 18-point, eight-assist performance. The second-year guard out of Texas finished by averaging 19.2 points, 6.4 rebounds in Denver’s five games as he looks to have more of an impact entering his second season.

Non-rookie of the day: Josh Selby, Grizzlies. Memphis’ second-year guard took back the scoring lead with a 32-point outing in the Grizzlies’ 97-79 win over the Bobcats. Selby, who could see a more involved role this year with the departure of O.J. Mayo, hit seven 3-pointers and finished 9-for-14 overall. Other notables: Malcolm Thomas, Bulls. The second-year big man out of SDSU continues to dominate on the boards, notching his third double-double in as many games. Thomas had 12 points and 16 rebounds to bring his averages to 10.7 points and a Summer League-leading 14.0 rebounds.

Rookie of the day: Damian Lillard once again did his thing with 23 points and seven assists, but we’ll give the nod to Harrison Barnes, who led the Warriors to a 66-57 win over the Bulls. The No. 7 pick of the draft had 20 points and nine rebounds and looked comfortable from outside and taking it to the rim. Other notables: Will Barton, the Blazers’ second-round pick (40th overall) out of Memphis had his best game here with 21 points and nine rebounds, and Denver’s Evan Fournier capped off a decent Summer League with his fifth straight double-digit scoring game. The French swingman had 17 points to finish with a 14.8-point scoring average. Fournier showed an ability to knockdown the trey, going 11-for-30 (36.7 percent) in his five games.

Coming up: Saturday is the last seven-game day in Las Vegas, before play wraps up Sunday with three games. Nine teams wrap up their Summer League action Saturday: Blazers, Heat, Mavs, Spurs, Warriors, Hornets, Suns, Celtics and D-League Select. Four games will be televised live on NBA TV: Blazers-Heat at 4 p.m. ET, Warriors-Hornets at 6:30, Bulls-Clippers at 8:30 and Bucks-Celtics at 10:30. Also showing on NBA TV replay: Grizzlies-Suns at 1 a.m. ET and Mavericks-Spurs at 4 a.m. ET.


  1. Austinspapa says:

    Hey, who has the best efficiency rating this summer? Why isn’t this stat published like the others?

    • Ed Sadowski says:

      I second the motion. I think Efficiency is the single most important stat that gives you a total, full picture of a player. Yet it is overlooked and forgotten amidst scoring averages and the like.