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NBA G League Alums To Watch At Utah And Sacramento Summer Leagues

By Alex Busch | July 2, 2018

NBA Summer League gets underway on Monday night with the California Classic (Sacramento) and Utah Jazz Summer League. With eight total teams competing in the two, we dive into one NBA G League standout to watch on each team.

Utah

Atlanta Hawks: Antonius Cleveland

Cleveland began the year with the Santa Cruz Warriors, before earning a Gatorade Call-Up to the Mavericks and then eventually earning a spot on the Atlanta Hawks’ roster at the end of the season. With the Hawks bringing Cleveland in to play on their Summer League team, they obviously liked what they saw from him and are looking to evaluate his future in Atlanta. Cleveland will get the chance to play alongside the No. 5 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Trae Young, during NBA Summer League.

Memphis Grizzlies: Kobi Simmons

After playing a season with both the Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis Hustle on a two-way contract, Simmons is looking to make the next step. Like Cleveland, he will be playing Summer League with the team he played for this past season, and will be looking to land a full-time NBA contract during the 2018-19 season.

San Antonio Spurs: Raphiael Putney

Putney is now a Summer League veteran, who is hoping that this time around he can earn a contract in the NBA. The four-year veteran is coming off his best season in the NBA G League, where he averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 46 games played with the Erie BayHawks. He took the offseason to play more professional basketball, as he is coming in hot after playing in Puerto Rico with Atleticos de San German.

Utah Jazz: Naz Mitrou-Long

Mitrou-Long jumped back and forth between the Salt Lake City Stars and Utah Jazz last season, earning several Gatorade Call-Ups to the Stars’ parent club. Alongside college teammate Georges Niang, they both were integral parts of the Stars this season. Mitrou-Long will look to continue to impress for the Jazz, who he played in one game with this season, but spent a lot of time with throughout the season.

Sacramento

Sacramento Kings: Nigel Hayes

Hayes is an interesting story from this past season, because of his Gatorade Call-Ups to both the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings. He finished the season with the Kings and will continue in NBA Summer League with the squad from Sacramento. While with the Westchester Knicks this past season, he had a balanced attack, averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 43 games.

Los Angeles Lakers: Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Another star coming from Weschester is Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes. In his rookie season, he got to play alongside Trey Burke, before becoming the lead point guard for Westchester, and then earning a Gatorade Call-Up to the Memphis Grizzlies. This time around in NBA Summer League, Rathan-Mayes will be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers alongside numerous NBA G League alums, trying to earn his spot in the NBA.

Miami Heat: Landry Nnoko

The 2017-18 NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year has caught the eyes of the Miami Heat, as he will join them during NBA Summer League. The 6-foot-10 big man from Cameroon made a splash during his first year in the NBA G League after playing overseas in Italy for his first professional season. Nnoko was second in the NBA G League in 2017-18 in rebounds (11.5 per game) and fourth in blocks (2.1), all while anchoring a Drive defense that finished in the league in opponents’ points per game (102.8), fourth in defensive rating (102.5) and fifth in opponents’ field goal percentage (44.5).

Golden State Warriors: Josh Magette

Magette, who has led the NBA G League in assists for three straight season now, will get a chance to prove his worth to the two-time defending NBA champions this summer in NBA Summer League. Magette, a product Division II Alabama-Huntsville, showed enough to earn a two-way contract last season with the Atlanta Hawks and Erie BayHawks, but is looking for a full-time deal this upcoming season.

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