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Summer Standouts, Day 9 |



A look at top performers from Day 6 of the action in Las Vegas and Day 9 of the overall Summer League:

Bruce Brown, Detroit Pistons

Brown posted the first triple-double of Summer League (quarters are only 10 minutes long and there’s lots of player rotation) with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. The second-year point guard and No. 42 pick in the 2018 draft accomplished the triple-double in 27 minutes. Eight of his rebounds were on the offensive end.


Bruce Brown notches a triple-double in the Pistons’ win over the 76ers.

Shayne Whittington, Dallas Mavericks

An undrafted big man who is vying for his third season on an NBA roster, Whittington poured in 19 points in 23 minutes in the Mavericks’ win. Coming off the bench, Whittington led all scorers. The 28-year-old played 28 games for the Pacers in the 2014-15 season and seven in 2015-16. For the past few years, he played in Spain.

Daniel Gafford, Chicago Bulls

The rookie center notched a double-double of 20 and 10 rebounds, six of the offensive variety, in 24 minutes. The Bulls’ second-round pick (No. 38) was 6-of-11 from the field.


Daniel Gafford leads the Bulls with 20 points and 10 boards.

Jeremiah Hill, Orlando Magic

The point guard scored 21 points and dished six assists in 26 minutes in the Magic’s loss. Hill is coming off a solid season with the Lakeland Magic of the G League.

Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat

The undrafted guard is trying to shoot himself onto an NBA roster. Nunn, who played two games in the G League and three with the Warriors last season, was 13-for-20 in the Heat’s loss, scoring 28 points.


Kendrick Nunn scores 28 points in the Heat’s loss.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans Pelicans

Alexander-Walker poured in 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Pelicans in their win. The shooting guard landed with the Pelicans in a draft-night trade after being taken No. 17 by the Brooklyn Nets. He also had six assists, but five turnovers didn’t help his cause.

Quinndary Weatherspoon, San Antonio Spurs

Weatherspoon scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in 24 minutes in the Spurs’ loss to the Suns. Weatherspoon, the 49th pick of the 2019 draft, appears to be a swingman in training. He started at the small forward position, although he’s listed as a shooting guard.

Kevin Knox and RJ Barrett, New York Knicks

Knox, a forward out of the University of Kentucky, scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Knox was picked by the Knicks in the 2018 draft (No. 9), and the second-year player is only 19. Barrett, the No. 3 pick in the 2019 draft, tallied 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal as the Knicks trounced the Lakers. Barrett bounced back from a poor shooting performance earlier in Summer League.


Kevin Knox and RJ Barrett combine for 46 points in the Knicks’ win.

Jock Landale, Milwaukee Bucks

Landale is having a good Summer League run, averaging 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. Wednesday night, the center led all scorers with 23 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Bucks cruised past Team China.

Jarred Vanderbilt, Denver Nuggets

The second-year player out of Kentucky logged a solid double-double: 20 points and 16 rebounds in Denver’s loss to the Warriors. Taken No. 41 in the 2018 draft, Vanderbilt played in 17 games for the Nuggets last season.


Vanderbilt scores 20 points in the Nuggets’ loss to the Warriors.


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Summer Standouts, Championship Game |



A look at top performers from the Summer League Tournament Finals, on Day 11 of the action in Las Vegas and Day 14 of the overall competition:


Brandon Clarke, Championship Game MVP
After being awarded the overall Summer League MVP earlier Monday, No. 21 overall pick Clarke capped a breakout performance with a Championship Game MVP, posting 15 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 24 minutes. Playing as a smallball center, the 6-foot-7 Clarke dominated yet again on both ends, and looks to be a steal after coming over in a draft night trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.


The Grizzlies raised the 2019 Summer League Tournament trophy.

Grayson Allen
After arriving from Utah in the trade that shipped Mike Conley Jr. to the Jazz, the 2018 No. 21 overall pick has continued to get under opponents’ skin — notably earning a double-flagrant ejection earlier in the week — and put up a team-high 17 points (6-13 FGs) and five assists. 

Bruno Cabocolo
Famously described as “two years away from being two years away” upon being drafted in 2014, Cabocolo caught on last season with the Grizzlies toward the end of last season and built on the performance throughout his time in Vegas. Still only 23, the 6-foot-9 Cabocolo dropped 15 points (3-8 3Ps), four rebounds and two blocks against Minnesota.

Dusty Hannahs
The second-year guard spent much of last season with the Memphis Hustle before earning late-season run with the senior squad. On Monday, Hannahs again showed off a sharp shooting touch, knocking down 3-of-4 shots from deep while scoring 15 points off the bench.

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Kelan Martin
A sparkplug scorer for the Timberwolves throughout their Tournament run, Martin keyed a Minnesota comeback with a 16-point second half. He finished with a game-high 19 points and five rebounds off the bench, shooting 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 6-of-14 overall.

Barry Brown Jr.
Undrafted after four years at Kansas State, the 6-foot-3 guard performed well off the bench, finishing with a stunning,. game-high plus-20 mark in just 21 minutes. He finished with 12 points (5-7 FGs), three rebounds and an assist.


Barry Brown Jr. split the D for a slick reverse.


Keita Bates-Diop
Bates-Diop, drafted No. 48 overall in 2018, proved a consistent performer for the Timberwolves in Las Vegas, and hit several clutch shots along the way. Monday night, his fourth-quarter 3-pointer capped a 9-0 run that brought Minnesota within a point 24.8 seconds from the finish.


Bates-Diop put a scare in the Grizzlies late in the game.

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Game Recap: Grizzlies 95, Timberwolves 92



Zak Hanshew, RotoWire

LAS VEGAS — Brandon Clarke totaled 15 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 95-92 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game Monday night.

Memphis jumped out to a hot start behind five early three-pointers to take a 31-19 lead after the first quarter and a 56-40 halftime advantage. Minnesota stormed back with a 30-point third quarter to chip away at the lead and keep the game close all the way to the final buzzer.

Down 93-83 with just under two minutes to play, Minnesota put together a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 93-92 before a pair of clutch free throws from Keenan Evans with 10.4 seconds to play gave the Grizzlies a three-point advantage they would not relinquish. The Timberwolves had a shot to tie the game late, but they missed a three-point attempt with just seconds left on the clock and failed to inbound the ball cleanly as time expired. 

Clarke, a first-round pick out of Gonzaga, led all players in rebounding and finished his summer league campaign as MVP of both the Las Vegas Summer League and the championship game. Bruno Caboclo and Dusty Hannahs scored 15 points apiece, with Hannahs chipping in three triples for Memphis (6-1). Tyler Harvey finished with 12 points, while Evans added eight points and eight assists.

Kelan Martin paced Minnesota (6-1) with a game-high 19 points off the bench, including 16 in the second half. Jordan Murphy added 14 points and eight rebounds, Mitchell Creek finished with 13 points, Barry Brown Jr totaled 12 and Keita Bates-Diop finished with 10, as five Timberwolves scored in double figures. Undrafted rookie and summer league standout Naz Reid went for eight points on 3-of-13 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and two assists.

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Grizzlies’ Clarke headlines 2019 Summer League team



MVP Brandon Clarke of the Memphis Grizzlies headlines this year’s 2019 Summer League team, which was announced Monday by the NBA. 

Clarke averaged 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds in five appearances heading into Monday’s title game with the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

Other standout performers on this year’s team include Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (16.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg), New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (24.3 ppg, 6.0 apg, 2.8 spg) and New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (13.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.4 bpg). 


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