LAS VEGAS — The storm that is Summer League finally began to calm down on Friday as 16 teams played the last of their five games in Las Vegas.
That included the NBA D-League Select Team, whose 12 players didn’t leave without making another case for a Call-Up. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who didn’t leave without going all out for 21+ more minutes of action, put on a personal show.
Friday’s consolation round set the table for a grand finale to the 67-game, 11-day event as the final four is whittled down to one tournament champion.
Sights, sounds and analysis from Day 8:
TOP 3 ALUM PERFORMERS
Stats: 17 points, 7/7 FG, 3/4 FT in 22 minutes
Prospect Watch: In his last game to impress the Knicks’ brass before they make a decision on his contract, the older Greek Freak delivered the ultimate Thanasis Antetokounmpo game. His motor was revved up to 150 mph and never ceased during his 21 minutes, 35 seconds on the court. Yet he remained in control offensively, making quicker, more decisive moves to get to the rim. Then he took a postgame selfie with Giannis, who was a fan for a night.
NBA D-League Select Team
Prospect Watch: The Select Team left Vegas on a positive note, over .500 in the event (3-2) and over .500 all-time (16-15). It was a total team effort for a squad that once again held its own with the help of three vets: Justin Dentmon (16 points, 4/7 3FG) continued to sizzle, Matt Bouldin (6/7 FG, 3/4 3FG) was rock-solid as usual, and Taylor Griffin (14 points, 4/9 3FG) led on both ends.
Stats: 19 points, 8/15 FG, 1/5 3FG, 2/4 FT, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
Prospect Watch: Brown is not satisfied with merely getting called up to Minnesota, and you can tell in his play this summer. He was confident in making his reads, assertive with the ball and competed defensively, just like he did with the Grand Rapids Drive. With a roster spot potentially on the line, Brown put his best foot forward.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
Highlight machine and former L.A. D-Fender Jordan Clarkson churned out another one with this facial:
Scotty Hopson shook the defender out of his shoes with this in-and-out dribble into a clear lane to the basket:
Young journeyman Jared Cunningham can fly, and he took off for a reverse jam on Friday night:
Former NBADL MVP Justin Dentmon on playing with the Select Team:
“We’re the underdogs. I feel like guys look down on us. I just really wanted to come out and show we’re just as good as everybody else, if not better.”
WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
The Antetokounmpos snapped a selfie after Thanasis’ Knicks got the win on his 23rd birthday:
WORTH 140 CHARACTERS
— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) July 18, 2015
More than halfway through Summer League, Seth Curry is the scoring leader. pic.twitter.com/erTLVlV4HS
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 17, 2015
What a performance for ex-Cat DeAndre Liggins in Kings' come-from-behind win over Miami today: 14 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assists & 3 steals.
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) July 17, 2015