Las Vegas Summer League: Day 5 Recap

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LAS VEGAS With five days in the books, all 22 teams have now played three games each and it’s clear that players are starting to feel more comfortable with the action. Wednesday begins tournament play, with the top 10 teams receiving byes and the bottom 12 teams in action at Thomas & Mack and Cox Pavilion. Complete bracket information can be found here.

summer-league-logoNon-rookie of the day: Thomas Robinson, Trail Blazers. Portland’s offseason acquisition was a beast on the boards, finishing with 18 to go along with 12 points in the Blazers’ 80-78 overtime loss to the Bulls. Robinson was active and looked more like the lottery pick than the player that’s been dealt twice since being drafted by Sacramento at No. 5 in 2012.

Other notables: Marquis Teague, Bulls. Derrick Rose’s backup had his best scoring game yet, finishing with 25 points on 7-for-14 shooting, hitting all three 3-point attempts. Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors. For the third straight game, the Lithuanian big man was dominant inside, scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds in Toronto’s 81-70 win over Sacramento. He did commit seven turnovers and had nine fouls (something that plagued him in his rookie season), but still looked like the best big man on the floor.

Rookie of the day: Ben McLemore, Kings. After two dismal shooting performances, the No. 7 pick’s shots were falling Tuesday as he finished with 26 points on a more respectable 8-for-14 shooting, which included him going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. McLemore’s shot has looked good all week, but Tuesday he was more under control and it showed.

Other notables: Phoenix guard Archie Goodwin scored 22 points on 6-for-11 shooting in the Suns’ 100-88 win over the Grizzlies. The No. 29 overall pick hit all three of his 3-pointers in his best game yet in Las Vegas. C.J. McCollum started slow, but came on late to score 27 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, where the Blazers would eventually lose to the Bulls 80-78.

Coming up: Tuesday was the final day of preliminary play. Now, teams will be seeded and placed in brackets for the tournament format leading to the championship game on July 22. Six games will be played Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, which is a departure from the typical 4 p.m. ET start of the day in Las Vegas. Check NBA.com/summerleague for complete seeding and bracket information for the rest of the tournament.

5 Comments

  1. Daniel Lawson says:

    Not even an honorable mention for Murphy who after having his nose broken was able to lay the ball in between defenders (or the fact that after he left the game actually started to be balanced instead of Chicago running away with it again)

  2. Daniel Lawson says:

    Not even an honorable mention for Murphy who got his nose broken and still was able to lay the basket up between defenders

  3. Shawn K says:

    I really hope to see Thomas Robinson reach his potential with the Blazers. Hopefully, Aldridge will help Robinson on his game and mentor him into a better player. While I didn’t like the trade the Rockets made, I’m happy Robinson landed on a team that has a player like Aldridge to mentor him and help him reach his potential as a player. Who knows, maybe Robinson will be better than everyone thought.

  4. Derek says:

    Portland may have found Gold again in CJ McCollum and Thomas Robinson who by focusing on Boarding like Dennis Rodman, can replace J.J. Hickson’s 10 REB a game. Chicago’s got a couple of GEM guards to backup Rose with Andrew Goudelock and Marquis Teague (playing more like his brother Jeff who’s now a multi-millionaire with Atlanta). Also notable was WAS’s Jan Vesely who went 9 for 11 for 18 point and sat out the entire 4th quarter in their first SL win.

  5. thomas robinson has really a potential…a very good replacement for hickson…might be even better