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Samsung NBA Summer League Recap: Quarterfinals (July 18)

By Brian Kotloff | July 19, 2015

LAS VEGAS — It was after midnight on the West Coast when the “M-V-P!” chants for Curry echoed throughout the arena.

Stephen Curry already has his hardware and his lofty status in the NBA; this is Seth Curry’s time, however brief. The younger biological Splash Brother is stating his case for an NBA Call-Up and, as the leading Summer League MVP candidate — if such a race exists — has been the most consistently impressive performer in Vegas.

The event began eight days ago with 143 of its participants owning NBA D-League experience on their resume. Curry, alongside a virtual Development League All-Star team on the Pelicans, appears to be making sure he’s one of the last men standing.

Sights, sounds and analysis from Day 9 in Vegas:

TOP 3 ALUM PERFORMERS

T.J. Warren, Forward, Phoenix Suns

Stats: 31 points, 13/23 FG, 5/8 FT, 6 rebounds

Prospect Watch: Warren is too polished for the competition at Summer League and in the NBA Development League. And just as he did in averaging 26.8 points (54% FG) over nine games with the Bakersfield Jam, Warren (22.4 PPG, 57% FG at SL) has been feasting on defenders in Vegas. He lifted the Suns to the semifinals with his usual assortment of moves, finding driving angles, forcing body contact and pulling up from mid-range with ease.

Kyle Anderson, San Antonio Spurs

Stats: 21 points, 8/16 FG, 5/7 FT, 5 rebounds

Prospect Watch: No matter the level or the setting, Anderson just continues to find ways to be effective. Combine his size with his herky-jerky ball handling skills and his “feel” for the game, as coach Becky Hammon called it, and younger players simply can’t handle “Slow-Mo” when he’s attacking. If he keeps impacting the game defensively and making sound decisions offensively, he may be bringing his unique game to San Antonio soon enough.

Seth Curry, Guard, New Orleans Pelicans

Stats: 24 points, 6/17 FG, 1/3 3FG, 11/13 FT, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals

Prospect Watch: Curry soldiered on in the absence of the one skill that normally defines him: his jump shot. Against the organization with which he opened his career, he again found ways to impact the game in other areas, particularly in getting into passing lanes and being physical around ball screens. It’s a battle between Curry (league-leading 25.0 PPG) and Kyle Anderson for Summer League MVP honors.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY

Victor Rudd, who’s provided a spark for the Pelicans, drops the hammer:

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T.J. Warren, crafty:

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Jonathan Simmons meets 6-8 Celtics rookie Jordan Mickey at the rim:

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NIGHTLY QUOTABLE

Rising Spurs sophomore Kyle Anderson, a.k.a. Slow Mo:

“I think I’m long enough and crafty enough that I don’t think I have to speed my game up for anybody.”


WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

The Spurs celebrate after Shannon Scott’s game-winning, buzzer-beating shot propelled them into the semifinals:

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WORTH 140 CHARACTERS

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