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NBA G League Alums To Watch At Las Vegas Summer League

By Jake Winderman | July 5, 2018

MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas is here, and it’s more than just a chance for fans to see the top NBA Draft picks for the first time; it’s another prime opportunity for NBA G Leaguers to turn heads.

The action runs from July 6-17 on ESPN networks and NBA TV. With over 150 NBA G League alums competing in Las Vegas, the tournament will be filled with some of the minor league’s top talent. Here are 10 alums to look out for in Vegas.

Antonio Blakeney, Chicago Bulls

Blakeney had quite the rookie season with the Windy City Bulls last year. The LSU product earned Second Team All-NBA G League honors and was named the Rookie of the Year after averaging a league-leading 32.0 points per game. Blakeney spent 19 games with the NBA Bulls in Chicago Bulls last season, posting 7.9 points per game. He’ll play with Bulls again duringĀ  Summer League alongside fellow NBA G League alums Ryan Arcidiacono, Shawn Long, Jarnell Stokes, Melo Trimble and Matt Williams Jr.

John Holland, Cleveland Cavaliers

Holland was on a two-way contract last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers organization and played in 23 games with the Canton Charge. He averaged 18.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists with the Charge during the 2017-2018 season on 41.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Holland is an excellent slasher and is terrific at finishing with contact around the basket. He’ll play with the Cavaliers again during Las Vegas Summer League along with fellow NBA G League alums Jamel Artis, Cedi Osman, Scoochie Smith, Okaro White and Ante Zizic.

Johnathan Motley, Dallas Mavericks

Motley was on a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks organization last season and played in 34 games with the Texas Legends. Coming to Texas by way of Baylor, Motley averaged 22.2 points per game in the NBA G League last season. Motley can play as a typical back-to-the-basket forward, but has the mid-range jumper to keep defenders on their feet. He was named a Midseason All-NBA G League player last season and made the All-NBA G League Second Team at the end of the season. Motley will play with the Dallas Mavericks again during Las Vegas Summer League along with fellow NBA G League alums Jalen Jones and Jacob Wiley.

Kennedy Meeks, Denver Nuggets

Meeks nearly averaged a double-double with Raptors 905 last season, notching 12.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest in 45 NBA G League regular season games. The North Carolina product is a grinder in the paint, offensively cleaning up his teammates’ missed shots and defensively deterring opponent’s chances at the rim. Meeks will participate with the Denver Nuggets during Las Vegas Summer League along with fellow NBA G League alums Malik Beasley, Tyler Lydon, Scott Machado and Monte Morris.

Amile Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves

Jefferson spent 47 games with the Iowa Wolves during the 2017-2018 season and earned several accolades throughout the year. The Duke-product was named an NBA G League All-Star, earning NBA G League All-Rookie Team, NBA G League All-Defensive Team and All NBA G League Second-Team honors. Jefferson led the league in rebounds last season, averaging 12.9 rebounds per game, along with 17.8 points per game on 62.5-percent shooting from the field. He’ll participate with the Minnesota Timberwolves during Las Vegas Summer League along with fellow NBA G League alums Dennis Clifford, Charles Cooke, Isaiah Cousins, Josh Gray, Perry Jones III and Andrew White.

Landry Nnoko, Miami Heat

Nnoko spent the 2017-2018 NBA G League season with the Grand Rapids Drive and was named the 2018 NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the All-NBA G League Third Team after averaging 14.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game with the Drive. Nnoko makes his money on the defensive end of the floor and always plays with an extremely high motor. He’ll compete with the Miami Heat during Las Vegas Summer League along with fellow NBA G League alums Derrick Jones, Jr., Derrick Walton Jr., Rashad Vaughn and Ike Nwamu.

Christian Wood, Milwaukee Bucks

Wood was named to the 2018 Midseason All-NBA G League Team and was named to the end of the year All-NBA G League Second Team last season after finishing third in the league in scoring between full NBA G League players (23.3 points per game), and fourth in the league in rebounds per game with 10.3. The UNLV product is one of the NBA G League’s most thunderous dunkers and also has the ability to step out and hit 3-pointers as well. Wood will participate with the Milwaukee Bucks during Las Vegas Summer League along with fellow NBA G League alums James Blackmon Jr., Sterling Brown, Perry Ellis, JeQuan Lewis, Tim Quarterman, Travis Trice II and D.J. Wilson.

Josh Gray, Minnesota Timberwolves

Gray led the NBA G League in takeaways last season, averaging 2.4 steals per game with the Northern Arizona Suns, along with 19.4 points, 6.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. Before coming to the league, Gray played college basketball for Texas Tech, Odessa and LSU. Gray has excellent court vision and was a phenomenal playmaker for the Northern Arizona Suns during the 2017-2018 season. He’ll play with the Minnesota Timberwolves during Las Vegas Summer League along with fellow NBA G League alums Dennis Clifford, Charles Cooke, Isaiah Cousins, Amile Jefferson, Perry Jones III and Andrew White.

Rodney Purvis, Orlando Magic

Purvis had an excellent inaugural year last season in the NBA G League, earning NBA G League All-Rookie team honors. He finished 10th in the league in scoring during the 2017-2018 season, averaging 20.5 points per game on 39.3-percent shooting from beyond the arc. Purvis played in 39 games last year with the Lakeland Magic, averaging 38.1 minutes per game, which ranked third in the entire league. Purvis will play with the Orlando Magic during Las Vegas Summer League along with fellow NBA G League alums Khem Birch, Antonio Campbell, Troy Caupain, Chance Comanche, Jonathan Isaac, Wes Iwundu, Byron Mullens and Jay Wright.

Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors

Last but not least is Chris Boucher, who averaged 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in 20 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors after coming back from injury halfway through last season. The Canada native is a ball magnet and always seems to be in the right place at the right time to make the correct play. Boucher will play with the Toronto Raptors during Las Vegas Summer League along with fellow NBA G League alums Fuquan Edwin, Alfonzo McKinnie, Malcolm Miller, Malachi Richardson, Marquis Teague and Shevon Thompson.

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