LAS VEGAS – There are only a few days left on the NBA 2K23 Summer League schedule, but we’re still keeping an eye out for any players who are putting in outstanding performances. Here are some clips from Friday’s action at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion:
James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors
Jonathan Kuminga led Golden State in scoring (16 points) and dropped a spinning banger from a dunk in the third quarter. But that show belonged to Wiseman, who went 4-for-6 in just 21 minutes for a Summer-League-high 14 points in addition to gobbling up seven rebounds, a pair of assists and a block in the 90- 82 of Golden State against Oklahoma. Town.
Too bad we missed the potential game between Wiseman, the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and Chet Holmgren, the No. The game represented Golden State’s final Summer League game. Still, the Warriors should feel encouraged by what they’ve seen here in Las Vegas, as Wiseman and Kuminga have consistently shown the skills that should make them quality and reliable contributors next season as they defend their championship.
Brandon Boston Jr., LA Clippers
Boston scored 13 of its game-high 22 points in the final period of LA’s 82-65 win over Utah. Trailing 56-50 in the fourth quarter, the Clippers outscored the Jazz 32-9 in the final stretch, as Boston drilled 4-for-5 from the floor and 2-for-3 from 3-deck range in addition to landing a flight. and delivering two assists in the rally.
We’ve known for a long time that Boston gets buckets, but the Sierra Canyon sophomore guard is looking to diversify his game. seen as much on friday at the Thomas & Mack Center, two days after his rough 3 for 15 in a loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Johnny Juzang and Leandro Bolmaro, Utah Jazz
Juzang was somewhat unsuccessful in his Jazz debut on July 9, going 1 for 6 on the ground and 0 for 4 from 3-point range while recovering from a concussion suffered in early July in a car accident. The head injury forced Juzang to miss the entire Salt Lake City Summer League. But there’s a reason Utah signed the former UCLA player to a two-way contract after the 2022 NBA draft ended, with the guard not going through.
The rookie showed why in Friday’s slate opener, notching a game-high 11 points in the first half on 3-for-6 accuracy from deep. That hot first streak would cool down considerably in the second half, with Juzang going just 3 for 13 for 14 points with four rebounds. In his first three outings in Las Vegas, Juzang averaged just 6.7 points from 27.3% from the field and 38.5% from distance. So, it looks like the 2021-22 First-Team All-Pac-12 could finally settle in, which is promising given the revamped Jazz could benefit from the rookie’s pinpoint shooting if he can earn any minutes. He will have to improve the streak for that to happen.
As for Bolmaro, the 23rd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft rebounded from shaky performances in Friday’s first three Summer League games with 19 of 8 for 15 from the field to go with six rebounds and a pair of interceptions. Despite these numbers, Bolmaro could improve as a playmaker (no assists, four turnovers).
Grant Riller, Philadelphia 76ers
Riller delivered a thriller at the Cox Pavilion with 13 of his 18 points in the first half, as Philadelphia took a 21-point intermission lead over Denver en route to a 97-71 win. Coming off the bench, Riller hit the Nuggets in every way imaginable from a variety of spots, knocking down 5-for-7 from the field and 2-for-3 from range in the first two frames.
Charlotte made Riller the 56th overall pick in the 2020 draft, and he played seven games as a rookie on a two-way contract, averaging 2.6 points, before joining the Sixers in August 2021 for a another two-way deal. Knee and shoulder injuries have slowed Riller’s rise with the Sixers so far, but it’s encouraging to see the 25-year-old holding his own in terms of his health while showing his mettle on the floor.
Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings
Murray entered action Friday, ranked among the top five scorers in the Summer League, and only continued his dominance in Sacramento’s 82-69 triumph over the Phoenix Suns. The No. 4 overall pick scored 10 of his 21 points in the first half, in addition to finishing the night with 10 rebounds, one assist and one block.
Murray drained 4 for 8 from 3-point range as Sacramento splashed 3-pointers at a 41.7% clip. The 21-year-old came into Friday’s contest averaging 24 points from 47.7% from the field and 37% from beyond the arc to go with 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. This kid will only continue to flourish working under new Kings coach Mike Brown, and we can’t wait to see him.
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