LAS VEGAS — You didn’t have to look far to see the NBA D-League’s imprint in Las Vegas on Monday.
The day began with former Delaware 87ers backcourt mates D.J. Seeley (Cavaliers-high 14 points) and Sean Kilpatrick (16 points, second-highest on Bucks) going head-to-head in one gym, while guards Seth Curry (20 points) and Larry Drew II (16 assists) teamed up in the other.
When those games were complete, the NBADL Select Team cruised past NBA competition for the second straight day, improving to 2-1 with an 84-74 win over Atlanta.
Drew II once compared the race for an NBA Call-Up to “crabs in a bucket, guys trying to crawl over each other just to get to the top.” On Monday he said it was “crazy” that Curry had yet to reach the NBA.
Actually, “I’m surprised a lot of guys actually that aren’t in the NBA, aren’t in the NBA,” he said. “There’s so much talent out here.”
More sights, sounds and analysis from Day 4:
TOP 3 ALUM PERFORMERS
Stats: 8 points, 3/8 FG, 1/2 3FG, 16 assists, 5 steals
Prospect Watch: Drew II was brilliant in creating offense for his teammates from almost every angle on the court. He’s familiar with near-record assist totals, however; asked about his near-record 16 Summer League assists, Drew II reminded reporters of his Development League record-setting 23-assist game with the Skyforce on Christmas Day 2014.
Stats: 20 points, 8/17 FG, 3/4 FT
Prospect Watch: Curry continued to thrive despite the fact that his three-point shot hasn’t traveled with him to Vegas. Teammates and coaches are impressed with the way he lets the game come to him; he has the rare quality for a scorer to understand how to use his personal scoring threat to free up others.
Stats: 19 points, 7/14 FG, 5/8 3FG, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Prospect Watch: During a turning-point summer, the sweet-shooting point guard brought his A-game. He was the Nuggets top guard on a night when lottery pick Emmanuel Mudiay struggled. Mudiay was the first to bump chests with Clark when Clark drilled the go-ahead trey with 1.4 seconds left.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
Ian Clark took the feed from Emmanuel Mudiay and stepped into the game-winner for the Nuggets:
Select Team point guard Joe Jackson got fancy running this fastbreak alongside Casey Prather:
Shabazz Napier showed off his AND1 handle with this hesitation dribble into a sweet dime:
Summer League standout Jonathan Simmons once almost quit playing basketball; now he’s reportedly set to make the jump from the Austin to the San Antonio Spurs:
“I was ready to get a nine-to-five, but people stayed in my ear and I kept pushing.”
WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
Hassan Whiteside, perhaps the greatest Call-Up in NBA D-League history, actually needs only eight words…
WORTH 140 CHARACTERS
@nbadleague Good luck friends!
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 13, 2015
You gotta give credit where it's due. Even Mudiay said Ian Clark was the one they should be talking to after the game.
— Kalen Deremo (@PrincePickaxe) July 14, 2015
Reigning Summer League MVP Glen Rice Jr has activated takeover mode
— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) July 14, 2015