LAS VEGAS — At the start of Summer League in Las Vegas, 43 percent of the players participating were NBA D-League alums. A week into the 11-day, 67-game event, it feels like a lot more.
While the NBA D-League Select Team fell to former Erie BayHawk Jeremy Tyler and the Mavs, the New Orleans Pelicans — primarily featuring a lineup of five Development League standouts — remained the hottest team in the tournament with a fourth straight victory.
New Orleans guard Seth Curry (Erie BayHawks) remained the event’s leading scorer with 26 more points and Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce) the top assist man at 8.0 per game.
Sights, sounds and analysis from Day 7:
TOP ALUM PERFORMER
Stats: 26 points, 12/21 FG, 1/5 3FG, 1/1 FT, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals
Prospect Watch: It was not Curry’s best game or the most efficient outing during Thursday’s slate, but he has been with little doubt the most consistent, impactful player in Vegas. His struggles from three-point range (5/27) have forced him into attack mode, and he’s tallied a Summer League-high 14 steals in four games — both signs that he’s auditioning for a role as more than just a shooting specialist.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
Maalik Wayns cooks with the crossover and step-back combo:
6-foot NBA D-League Select Team star Justin Dentmon, who dropped 31 points on Thursday, erases this layup attempt:
Khem Birch puts the total package on display with this block, run the floor and finish sequence:
Summer League standout Jonathon Simmons, who made the Austin Spurs through their local tryout two years ago, on getting the call that the San Antonio Spurs had signed him:
“I was on the bus getting ready to Brooklyn’s last game in Orlando [as a Net], and right when we were about the pull off, my agent called me and was like, ‘Jon … you are now an NBA player.’
‘The Spurs just gave you a two-year deal.’
I’m like, ‘Whaaaaaat?’ That’s all I could say. I was like, ‘Hold on … whaaaaaat?'”
WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
WORTH 140 CHARACTERS
Another 20-pt game for TJ Warren. Averaging 20 on 57% through 4. No 3s—just pullups, runners, floaters, finishes. Weird yet effective scorer
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) July 17, 2015