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Unsigned Summer League Standouts

By Jonathan Hartzell, NBA.com

There are only 450 roster spots in the NBA each season. Most of them are taken up by veterans with signed contracts, proven free agents who will soon commit and rookies with newly signed deals. For many unsigned players, the Summer League provides the best opportunity to prove their worth to NBA front offices.

There were numerous standouts this summer, but eight players clearly separated themselves from the competition to greatly increase their odds of being offered a regular-season contract.

Malcolm Thomas, Chicago Bulls:

Breakdown: The big man out of San Diego State went undrafted during the 2011 NBA Draft and has played the last two seasons in the NBA Development League, with a quick stint in Israel as well. In Las Vegas he dominated the glass, averaging 15 rebounds a game while chipping in 11 points and 1.7 blocks a game during a three-game run with the Bulls. Thomas is now 24 years old, so his thin frame has matured to the point where it appears he is ready to handle the physical grind of a full NBA season. The Bulls recently let go of his rights for salary cap reasons, but it seems unlikely he will stay unsigned for long.

Best Case Comparison: Amir Johnson

Best Team Fit: The Boston Celtics would be a great place for Thomas to develop as the team rebuilds.

Vander Blue, Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies:

Breakdown: Many people questioned Blue’s decision to leave Marquette University early to enter the NBA Draft. When he went undrafted, those people seemingly were proven correct. But he played played for the Rockets in the Orlando Summer League and the Grizzlies in Las Vegas, averaging 11.5 points per game in Orlando and 11 a game in Las Vegas, including a 24-point outburst in Vegas in one game. He showed explosiveness and playmaking ability rarely seen from undrafted players. Don’t be surprised if some team takes a flyer on a player with so much potential.

Best Case Comparison: Gerald Henderson

Best Team Fit: Staying with the Grizzlies would be a great fit for Blue, who would give the team some needed depth at guard.

Dominique Jones, Milwaukee Bucks:

Breakdown: Jones is a veteran of the Summer League. It showed during his play for the  Bucks. Jones averaged 11 points, two steals and seven free-throw attempts per game to impress the scouts. He seemed stronger than most other players on the court and his ability to finish at the rim looked transferable to regular season gameplay.

Best Case Comparison: A smaller Corey Maggette

Best Team Fit: The  Bucks should not let him walk away, especially as they attempt to replace the playmaking ability of Monta Ellis.

Ian Clark, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors:

Breakdown: The Las Vegas Summer League Championship MVP quickly made a name for himself when he made seven 3-point shots and scored 33 points in the championship game. The guard out of Belmont University is known for this ability to shoot, but his limited athleticism and 6-foot-3 frame make him a tough fit at shooting guard. But he can defend, which has reportedly piqued the interest of the Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz.

Best Case Comparison: Anthony Morrow

Best Team Fit: The Jazz would be a nice fit for Clark, who would fit well with rookie Jazz point guard Trey Burke.

Andrew Goudelock, Chicago Bulls:

Breakdown: It’s always surprising when Goudelock continues to appear on lists like this one. The former D-League MVP out of the College of Charleston has done plenty to interest NBA teams. This summer in Las Vegas he continued to impress, averaging 19 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Bulls. Goudelock was selected with the 46th pick of the 2011 Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Last season he received some playing time with the Lakers after Kobe Bryant’s Achilles tendon injury. It would be a shock if Gouedlock is not on an NBA roster this season.

Best Case Comparison: C.J. Watson

Best Team Fit: Goudelock could be used well on the Philadelphia 76ers as they rebuild their roster and attempt to replace Jrue Holiday.

Samardo Samuels, Los Angeles Clippers:

Breakdown: Samuels went undrafted out of the University of Louisville in 2010. He impressed during that offseason’s Summer League and signed a 3-year, $2.3 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played sporadically for the Cavaliers before they waived him early last season and now he’s back to prove himself again. In Vegas, he averaged 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in only 22 minutes per game. The 6-foot-9, 260-pound center should be able to find a team for whom he could be a third big at the end of the bench.

Best Case Comparison: Carl Landry

Best Team Fit: The  Heat could use Samuels’ physical presence as an insurance policy off the bench.

Stefhon Hannah, NBA D-League Select:

Breakdown:  Hannah has spent the last three seasons bouncing between the NBA Development League and overseas after going undrafted out of the University of Missouri. This summer in Las Vegas he led the D-League Select team to a 4-1 record while averaging 13 points and 2.6 assists a game. He played solid defense throughout the tournament, but his lack of a dominant skill and small size may hurt his chances of making a roster.

Best Case Comparison: Luke Ridnour

Best Team Fit: The Lakers could use Hannah’s youth and energy off the bench and in practice, especially if Kobe Bryant isn’t healthy to start the season.  

Jack Cooley, Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets:

Breakdown: The undrafted rookie out of the University of Notre Dame was dominant for the  Grizzlies in Las Vegas as he averaged 15 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game on 52.7 (39-for-74) percent shooting. He displayed an impressive midrange jump shot and an ability to hold his ground in the paint. This combination of skills make him an interesting offensive weapon.

Best Case Comparison: Reggie Evans

Best Team Fit: The Indiana Pacers may be a good place for Coole, who could help replace some of the hustle and offensive skill lost when Tyler Hansbrough signed with the Toronto Raptors.

Las Vegas Summer League: Day 4 Recap

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LAS VEGAS – The trick now is to not get lost in the shuffle, within his own team and even within his own family.

summer-league-logoTyler Zeller started 55 games last season as a rookie, ordinarily a good start to a long career, except that now the Cavaliers have Anderson Varejao likely to return from injury and Andrew Bynum arriving as a free agent trying to return from injury. The center competition will be tougher.

But within the Zeller family, the NBA depth chart just got a lot deeper. There was already Tyler and Luke, and now Cody is joining the league as the No. 4 pick in the Draft counted on to be an important part of the Charlotte future.

Tyler continues to do his part to remain prominent on both fronts. Monday, he had 15 points and 12 rebounds in Cleveland’s 66-62 loss to the Pelicans at Cox Pavilion.

Non-rookie of the day: Aron Baynes, Spurs. Seldom used last season as a reserve center, Baynes took advantage of the summer-league opportunity by getting 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 96-87 win over the Hawks.

Other notables: Jeffery Taylor, always more than just the other small forward Charlotte picked in the 2012 draft, after lottery choice Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, had 20 points and four steals in the 84-71 victory over the Knicks. Also, Mike Scott scored 27 points and added seven rebounds for the Hawks against the Spurs. Markieff Morris scored 22 points and twin Marcus Morris hit the game-winning jumper at the buzzer to lead the Suns past the Timberwolves 91-89. Andrew Goudelock, best known for his time with the Lakers, scored 31 points for the Bulls in the 93-81 victory over the Nuggets. Malcolm Thomas had 22 rebounds, along with 13 points, for Chicago.

Rookie of the day: Ray McCallum, Kings. The second-round pick trying to push his way into the point guard picture — with Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Thomas – had 23 points and six steals as the bright spot to a 80-66 loss to the Warriors.

Other notables: Minnesota’s Robbie Hummel, always a talented shooter, made six of nine attempts, including both three-pointers.

Coming up: Tuesday is the final day of preliminary play, before teams are seeded and placed in brackets for the tournament format leading to the championship game on July 22.

Sources: Suns’ Marshall On The Block

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LAS VEGAS – The Suns have put Kendall Marshall on the trade block in hopes of getting some return on the 2012 lottery pick, several league executives told NBA.com, with Marshall at No. 3 on the point guard depth chart after moving to upgrade the position.

“He’s out there,” said a member of one personnel department, meaning Marshall is available.

“They’re trying to attach him to pretty much any deal that comes up,” another executive said here at Summer League. “If you want to talk about any of their players, they include him. He’s basically the price of admission to any trade right now.”

Marshall was the No. 13 pick a year ago by then-general manager Lance Blanks as the best passing point guard in the Draft. He averaged 14.6 minutes in 48 games behind Goran Dragic amid concerns about his shooting (37.1 percent as a rookie) and a lack of athleticism that is particularly exposed on defense. The Suns then explored taking a ball handler in the 2013 draft, bringing Michael Carter-Williams in for a pair of workouts, before selecting center Alex Len and then later acquiring veteran Eric Bledsoe in a trade from the Clippers.

“I wouldn’t say he’s available,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, hired in May, said Monday. “Everybody has a price, right? It depends on what that price is. As you saw out there today, he’s been working very hard on his shot. He made a couple 3-pointers, made the game-tying shot. I think that’ll be the next step in Kendall’s development. He’s also worked very hard on his body. As you can probably tell, he’s in good shape now. He has the natural, innate passing ability to find guys.

“We view Bledsoe and Dragic as guards who can play together some. It’s not going to be Bledsoe or Dragic. Most of the time, it’s going to be Bledsoe and Dragic together. You need more than two, obviously. Those guys aren’t going to play 48 minutes, and I think Kendall’s shown he’d be pretty good in the backup role.”

Marshall had three of six shots, including three of five from beyond the arc, and had six assists without a turnover Monday as the Suns beat the Timberwolves 91-89 at Thomas & Mack Center.

Las Vegas Summer League: Day 3 Recap

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LAS VEGAS – It’s not really the road back, because Thomas Robinson never exited the street in the first place.

summer-league-logoHe is trying to re-establish himself as a top prospect, though, or maybe just as part of the Trail Blazers’ future.

Robinson was here a year ago with the Kings as the No. 5 pick and their power forward of the future. When the future turned out to be a few months long, Sacramento dumped him in a trade with the Rockets. Houston then dealt him to Portland as part of shedding salaries to sign Dwight Howard.

In the 2013 incarnation, Robinson is taking advantage of the starting role before training camp and the part of the Trail Blazers that includes LaMarcus Aldridge. Robinson had eight rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes Saturday against the Suns and followed that up Sunday with 10 rebounds in 28 minutes of the 81-63 loss to the Lakers in the same Thomas & Mack Center.

Non-rookie of the day: Dion Waiters, Cavaliers. Playing on a team with several NBA players or candidates to make the league, the part-time starter last season scored 23 points in 30 minutes as Cleveland beat Memphis 69-58.

Other notables: Jonas Valanciunas continued to put up big numbers for the Raptors, this time getting 19 points and 13 rebounds in the 82-76 win over the Spurs. Brian Roberts had nearly one-third of the New Orleans points – 20 – in the 69-61 loss to the Bucks. And, Robinson, with 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Rookie of the day: Cody Zeller, Bobcats. The fourth pick in the Draft, showing the offense that Charlotte thinks will make the power forward a good fit to stretch the defense next to post presence Al Jefferson or next to the non-offense of Bismack Biyombo, had 21 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in the 86-80 win over the Mavericks. Using athleticism and touch, Zeller made 6-of-12 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws.

Other notables: Elijah Millsap, younger brother of Hawks forward Paul Millsap, made 15 free throws and scored 21 points to lead the D-League Select squad to an 81-77 victory over the Clippers. Jack Cooley had 20 points and nine rebounds, and made two of four from behind the arc to show a touch to go with the physical play as a power forward-center, for the Grizzlies. Bonus points for seven fouls.

Coming up: Not satisfied with taking over Los Angeles, the Clippers try to own Las Vegas too when they play the Lakers at Cox Pavilion. Imagine the extra motivation.
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Mavericks’ Plans Change At Point Guard

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LAS VEGAS –
The Mavericks have gone from the enviable problem of not having enough minutes after initially making investments in four point guards to possibly opening training camp with only one proven player and a rookie as the lone backup.

summer-league-logoDays after appearing ready to move into 2013-14 with free agent Jose Calderon as the projected starter and two other signees, Devin Harris and Gal Mekel, contesting for reserve minutes with first-round pick Shane Larkin, the Mavericks are down to Calderon and Mekel.

Coach Rick Carlisle said it is too soon to know whether Larkin will be ready for camp after fracturing his right ankle in a final practice before the summer-league opener here. But plans to sign Harris, once the Mavs’ point guard of the future before being traded to acquire Jason Kidd, were tabled after it was learned Harris would need surgery to repair a toe injury. Reports indicated the sides could try again for a reunion when Harris is closer to returning.

“Guys get hurt and they do get better,” Carlisle said. “It’s bad timing for Shane because this would have been a great experience for him, the Vegas summer league. But we’ve got 2 ½ months to get him better and that’s going to be our focus. He had three or four days of practice before he got the injury, so he’s gotten a little taste of it and he’ll be fine because he’s a great athlete.”

The Mavericks also agreed to terms with Monta Ellis and could play him at the point.

Mekel was signed to a three-year deal after spending the last five seasons in Italy and his native Israel, which followed two seasons at Wichita State. The 25-year-old NBA rookie, very good running the pick-and-roll, may immediately step into a prominent role for a team in win-now mode.

“It’s part of the business,” Mekel said. “It’s really bad for Shane. It’s not a simple injury. But it’s part of the business and if I get an opportunity for that, I’ll be ready to step in and take it.”

Shaw Tries To Bring Stability To Nuggets

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LAS VEGAS – This is instability?

This?

Give Brian Shaw a minute. He needs to break out laughing.

“There’s instability and there’s dysfunction that I’ve been a part of and through all of that stuff,” he said. “To me, this is nothing. Change happens.”

Well, it’s something. And change may happen, except that this is really a lot of change all at once for the Nuggets. Masai Ujiri is gone as head of basketball operations and replaced by Tim Connelly. Coach George Karl gone after being named Coach of the Year and replaced by Shaw. Lastly, superstar Andre Igoudala is gone from the roster and truly replaced by nobody. Denver has fallen face-first into an unwanted transition in the aftermath of a 57-win season, albeit followed by a first-round playoff loss.

summer-league-logoBut Shaw played for the Lakers when Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were standing back to back and counting off 40 paces. He was an assistant coach for the Lakers under Phil Jackson, a man who looked at locker-room tension as a sociology experiment. Shaw knows turbulence.

Whatever Shaw’s primary qualifications to get the Nuggets job, and there are many, it doesn’t hurt that few can rival his experience in dealing with drama. There will be a learning curve as a first-time coach, just not an uncertainty on how to handle the hectic offseason, beginning with Summer League and continuing into a question-filled training camp.

“Life is unpredictable and you just have to be ready for whatever it is that you have to face,” he said. “Nothing is insurmountable and in this business you’re going to see some crazy things. I think for me, I have a steadying hand. I have to be calm. If I’m nervous and I’m looking like I’m not confident about what’s going on, it’s going to trickle down to the team. I’m laid back by nature, so I just want to exhibit that calmness and not get too high or not get too low.”

His background will be a plus, in other words, in more ways than 14 seasons as a player and eight as an assistant with the Lakers and Pacers.

“I don’t think that that happens overnight,” Shaw said of bringing stability. “Naturally they should feel a little shaken because they have a new general manager, a new coach, a new assistant general manager. One of the best players, if not the best player on the team, is gone now as well. So the reality of the situation is there has been a lot of change. But what I think it’s my job to do is to try to simplify everything so that they can just concentrate on playing the game and understand that with all those changes being made, the guys that are here are the guys that are going to be counted on and to give them confidence in that.”

Shaw will also contend with the other roster absence, the knee injury that the Nuggets say is expected to keep Danilo Gallinari out until near midseason. Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post reported last month Gallinari could be back by December, but Shaw said he has not been given any update by the medical staff.

Las Vegas Summer League: Day 2 Recap

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LAS VEGASJonas Valanciunas looked like a man among boys Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The Raptors’ second-year big man was dominant early on, scoring 20 of his 23 points in the first half and grabbing seven rebounds in Toronto’s 81-72 loss to the Miami Heat in the final game of the day at the Las Vegas Summer League.

summer-league-logoValanciunas, who averaged 8.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in his rookie season in Toronto, looked noticeably bigger and showed off a polished interior game, getting to the rim repeatedly for highlight-reel dunks and putbacks. He was energetic, clapping and motivating his teammates, and ran the floor well in 26 minutes of action.

With a season under his belt, it looks like the 21-year-old could be ready to make a major step in his sophomore season.

Non-rookie of the day: Milwaukee sophomore John Henson had a monster game as the Bucks cruised to a win in their first action in Las Vegas. The Bucks’ second-year big man had 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in just 20 minutes of action as the Bucks blew out Denver 88-74.

Other notables: Andrew Goudelock, Bulls. The reigning NBA D-League MVP who filled in for the banged-up Lakers in the playoffs, lit up the scoreboard with 26 points on 9-for-15 shooting, hitting 3-for-5 3-pointers in the Bulls’ 81-67 win over Memphis. Teammate Marquis Teague looked composed running the point, tallying 12 points and seven assists in the victory. Tony Wroten, Grizzlies. The second-year guard out of Washington did a little of everything with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in Memphis’ 81-67 loss to the Bulls.

Rookie of the day: C.J. McCollum, Trail Blazers. The Lehigh product scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half of the Blazers’ 82-69 loss to the Suns in his first action since being taken 10th overall in the 2013 Draft. McCollum also had three rebounds and four assists while going 9-for-19 from the field (2-for-5 on 3s). The 6-foot-3 point guard showed off a quick first step and a killer crossover before stepping back for one of his two 3s on the night.

Other notables: Sacramento rookie Drew Gordon had 17 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. Gordon, who went undrafted in 2012 out of New Mexico and spent last season with Partizan Belgrade, was 7-for-12 from the floor, missing all three of his 3-point attempts. Also notching a double-double was Butler product Matt Howard, who is getting a shot with the Grizzlies after playing overseas the past two seasons. Howard finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

Coming up: All 16 teams in action on Sunday have now played one game in Las Vegas. The Knicks and Wizards – and No. 3 overall pick Otto Porter, who had seven points on 3-for-13 shooting in his debut – tip things off at 4 p.m. ET while the Spurs and Raptors close things out at 10:30 ET in the Thomas & Mack Center. All games can be seen on NBA TV or online with Summer League Live.

Leonard Ready For New Expectations

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LAS VEGAS –
He was wrapped in a protective layer of patience last season. That cannot be the case anymore.

Now the Trail Blazers need Meyers Leonard. Not to be a star, because he remains as it was in the 2012-13 rookie season, a work in progress. Maybe not even to be the starter, because they acquired Robin Lopez from the Pelicans. But Leonard is an X-factor for the team that showed admirable progress before being dragged under down the stretch by a lack of depth.

summer-league-logoLeonard plays center, remains the biggest hope for the future there even after the Lopez arrival, and center is the one position uncertainty among the Portland starters. Damian Lillard and Wes Matthews at guard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum at forward – they are proven. The fifth spot remains what could be.

There is no pressure to flourish this season. But there is an increased level of expectations after a rookie season of 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.5 minutes playing behind J.J. Hickson, who has joined the Nuggets as a free agent.

“Of course,” Leonard said Saturday after the Trail Blazers lost to the Suns 83-69 at Thomas & Mack Center. “As a competitor, I always want to be in there. Last year, it was a little hard, I think, for the coaches sometimes to stick me in there. It was kind of a whirlwind season for me. This year, I think I really have a chance to have a bigger impact. We brought in Robin Lopez. I really think his NBA-center body, practicing against him will definitely help my maturation. I just have to continue to work hard to get better.

“(I am a) ton more confident, especially in my skills and just in the sense that the game is slowing down for me. Physically, I’ve always been able to keep up. But mentally I’m just like, ‘Oh, my gosh. There’s so many things going on. We’re going up and down, I’m guarding the ball screen, I’m getting back, rebounding, running the play.’ It was just so much more fast-paced than it was in college for me. Different rules, different concepts. It was tough for me. But I definitely think this year I can excel more and help our team.”

Price Starts Work On Kidd-Gilchrist Shot

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LAS VEGAS – Where to begin? With the hitch just before the release or with the release point itself, on the way down, after the peak of the jump? With the slight body twist so his shoulders are not square to the basket? With the bad footwork and, therefore, bad balance? With the wrist and elbow that jut in awkward angles?

summer-league-logoNone of the above. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a broken jump shot – a totaled jump shot, actually – but form is not the biggest problem. Approach is. Confidence is. Begin there.

He is a starting small forward in the NBA, a year removed from being the No. 2 pick in the draft, a major piece of what the Bobcats hope is finally the foundation of the future… and looking for ways to not shoot a jumper. Nine 3-pointers attempted last season, two makes.

Enter Mark Price, one of the great shooters in league history during a 12-year career at point guard and hired as a Charlotte assistant by new coach Steve Clifford with a heavy emphasis on taking a jackhammer to Kidd-Gilchrist’s perimeter game and working with Kemba Walker on the pick and roll. Which is why this is also a very good place to begin, far from North Carolina and far from the regular season.

Price has been on the staff only a couple weeks, and Summer League at UNLV is no actual gauge on what MKG will look like when his form leaves the body shop after many months, but this is the first benchmark on the time together following hours of workouts. This is also encouraging.

“I’m trying to shoot it now,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “That’s a big step.”

Because he was always trying to not shoot it before.

“Yeah,” he said. “I think it’s a big step for me to shoot the 3. My mid-range, too. I’ll shoot the mid-range a lot, too.”

Kidd-Gilchrist plays with a passion, attacks the rim in transition and with slashing moves in the halfcourt and has the potential to become a standout defender, but there is no reason for opponents to respect his jumper. They can play way off, worrying only about the moves to the basket, and he won’t come close to reaching his potential that way.

“Everybody can become a better shooter,” Price said. “He’s definitely got some flaws in his technique right now. We just start working on certain things and try to keep moving in the right direction. Most people kind of look at his elbow and the things that go on with that.

“It’s a lot more than just the elbow and things like that. It’s the footwork, balance, a lot of different things. We’re starting with the feet and trying to get him more squared-up to the basket. Actually, we’ve made some progress in practice, but then it becomes a transferring-it-to-the game kind of thing. He’s young, too. It’s going to take some time.”

And the mental aspect. It’s that, too.

“I think confidence,” Price said. “Everybody knows that’s what he needs to work on. He knows that. Everybody else knows that. I think just getting it to a confidence level to help him. Believe it or not, I have seen some improvement there already. I think he believes in what we’re trying to do. Everybody would like it to happen quicker, but stuff like that doesn’t happen overnight.”

Las Vegas Summer League: Day 1 Recap

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LAS VEGAS –
Some players took important steps in a comeback from injury, some made first steps into the NBA as rookies and others tried to show they belong in the league as the summer league began Thursday at Cox Pavilion.

summer-league-logoNon-rookie of the day: New Orleans’ Austin Rivers, playing for the first time since breaking his right hand March 6, made 8-of-15 shots from the field and had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists against two turnovers in the 77-72 win over the Knicks. The second-year guard had a nice response to the Pelicans adding Jrue Holiday to the backcourt and Tyreke Evans to the wing spots.

Other notables: Jeremy Tyler, Knicks. Trying to play his way back into the league, the former Warriors big man had 11 rebounds, including five on offense, in 23 minutes. He added 10 points. Also, Atlanta’s John Jenkins scored 24 points and had six rebounds from the backcourt in the 90-83 loss to the Clippers. Jeffery Taylor scored 24 and Bismack Biyombo had 11 rebounds in the Bobcats’ 69-68 loss to the Spurs.

Rookie of the day: Reggie Bullock, Clippers. There may not be a lot of shots once the season starts so making a positive impression in summer league and training camp will be important for the first-round pick. Against the Hawks, Bullock made 8-of-15 from the field and also had three blocks in a reminder that he is also a good defender.

Other notables: Deshaun Thomas, Spurs. The versatile scorer, a second-round selection, had 18. Carrick Felix, the Cleveland rookie that is here, with Anthony Bennett injured and Sergey Karasev with the Russian national team, contributed 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks to the 70-62 victory over the Lakers.

Coming up: After a limited schedule of four games in one gym, the schedule expands Saturday to seven contests in both sites, Thomas & Mack Center and adjacent Cox Pavilion. No. 3 pick Otto Porter will debut for the Wizards against the Warriors while No. 7 selection Ben McLemore of the Kings will play for the first time as Sacramento faces the Mavericks.