130 alums, 67 games, 11 days. Sort through the madness that went down at the Las Vegas Summer League in this Photo Recap.
Summer League in Photos: Top Images from Las Vegas
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Jul 25 2014 12:27AM

The 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League featured 130 NBA D-League alums across the 24 rosters, and many took center stage at some point during the 11-day event.

From historic NBA Draft pick PJ Hairston's debut to his predecessor Glen Rice Jr.'s MVP Award-winning performance, relive the wild 67-game Summer League in our Photo Recap.

A season 22 years in the making ended earlier this month when Jackson, a 2013-14 NBA D-League sensation, ruptured his Achilles at the Orlando Summer League.
Jul 23 2014 4:41PM

Pierre Jackson said he never wanted to go to Orlando, to the court where the Achilles tendon in his right leg would rupture and leave his future in doubt. He wanted to go to home, to the bright lights of Las Vegas.

As much as the season of a lifetime that lay ahead, Summer League in Jackson’s backyard had been on his mind ever since the joyous 2014 NBA Draft night, when New Orleans traded him to Philadelphia. He envisioned himself taking the event by storm, backed by a legion of hometown fans, his grandmom -- given the rare chance to see her lil’ P play in person -- “screaming all her usual crazy things” from the stands.

“‘As soon as I go home, I’m gonna try to turn some heads,’” Jackson said he told Sixers Summer League coach Chad Iske.

The Thunder reportedly plan to make their first-round pick the first player ever to be drafted and stashed with their NBA D-League affiliate.
 <em>Bleacher Report:</em> Huestis Could Lead Farm System Revolution
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Jul 22 2014 5:30PM

Josh Huestis was a surprise pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder at the No. 29 spot in last month's NBA Draft. Reports have since offered insight into OKC's plan to "draft-and-stash" Huestis in the NBA D-League.

The situation is similar to how the Thunder handled last year's first-round pick, Grant Jerrett, as well as how Pelicans pick Pierre Jackson ended up on the Idaho Stampede -- only this time, OKC is reportedly planning to sign Huestis to its affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers.

There has been no official word from the team, but Bleacher Report provided a complete breakdown of the potential move and its significance as one of the top stories to monitor entering the 2014-15 NBA D-League season.

Glen Rice Jr., Tony Mitchell and Isaiah Canaan lead the list of NBA D-League alums who made big strides at Summer League.
Stock Up: Top Rising Prospects Out of Las Vegas
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Jul 22 2014 2:08PM

Rudy Gobert owned the paint for the Jazz. Dennis Schroder looked ready to lead the Hawks. Will Cherry and Justin Holiday had their moments.

NBA D-League alums dominated the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas over the past 11 days.

Of the 130 in all, here are the 10 that most boosted their NBA stocks during the event.

The second-year point guard, who played his first three pro games with Reno, scored 29 points to earn title game MVP honors.
Jul 21 2014 10:59PM

Over the 11-day NBA Summer League, point guard after point guard had jumped into the Las Vegas spotlight before Ray McCallum -- the same point guards that had heard their names called before his on Draft night 2013. From CJ McCollum to Shane Larkin to Isaiah Canaan, they'd all gotten their time to shine.

But after 67 games packed into two UNLV gyms, McCallum was the last man standing. The 23-year-old Kings point guard was steady through their first six games before exploding for 29 points on 9-for-15 shooting in Monday's 77-68 tournament championship win over the Houston Rockets.

McCallum's rise to Summer League title game MVP mirrored his overall rise through the basketball ranks. He passed on schools like Arizona and UCLA to play for his father at Detroit-Mercy. He went No. 36 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft and played his first three pro games in the NBA D-League.

For at least this one 11-day stretch, however, he vaulted himself ahead of the point guards in his class.

"It means a lot," McCallum said of his Summer League hardware. We've been working hard all summer trying to put in a lot of hard work for opportunities like this. And one thing I've learned about the NBA [is] once you get an opportunity, try to make the most of it."

The NBA D-League's highest NBA Draft picks ever pushed themselves to the forefront of the events in Las Vegas.
Day 10 Recap: Successful Summer League Ends for Hairston, Rice Jr.
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Jul 21 2014 12:02AM

It was fitting that PJ Hairston and Glen Rice Jr. both wrapped up their 2014 Summer League experiences on the same day. The two will be linked forever as the players who paved the NBA D-League-to-NBA Draft route to the next level:

They left with another 20+-point performance each -- Rice Jr. with an MVP trophy, as well -- highlighting the second-to-last day of the Samsung NBA Summer League.

Here's a recap of the rest of the events in Vegas on Sunday.

Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington have been inseparable since joining the Rockets organization as rookies. We put Canaan to the test after they advanced to the Summer League title game.
Jul 20 2014 11:25PM

Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington faced each other in the Ohio Valley Conference, spent the first part of the 2013-14 season lighting up the scoreboard with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and finally earned time with the affiliate Houston Rockets. Now they're going to Monday's Samsung NBA Summer League title game together.

But how well does the point guard truly know his pick-and-pop partner?

We put Canaan to the test following Sunday's 83-79 win over the Hornets. Let's just say he fared better in the first game (24 points on 8/17 shooting) than the second...

The Hornets guard ended his six-game run with a Summer League-high 27 points in a semifinals loss on Sunday.
Jul 20 2014 10:46PM

"That's my home," Rice Jr. said of the NBA D-League after dropping 36 points in the top performance of Summer League.
Jul 20 2014 9:34AM

A year ago, Glen Rice Jr. -- not PJ Hairston -- was viewed as the trendsetter for using the NBA D-League as a path to the NBA Draft. But Rice Jr. became a somewhat forgotten man during his quiet rookie season in Washington, which included 19 games back with the NBA D-League's Iowa Energy.

Now the 23-year-old is announcing loudly and clearly that he's ready for a breakout sophomore season. He's been the best player at Summer League, and on Saturday he had his best game, with 36 points that included a game-tying three-pointer to send the Wizards-Spurs classic into triple-overtime.

Click here to read the full recap of Day 9 in Las Vegas.

And here's a refresher on Rice Jr.'s stint in the NBA D-League, where he led the Vipers to a title in 2013 and averaged 13.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in 42 games:

The former Reno Bighorn and dunk content runner-up got it done on the defensive end this time around, climbing the ladder for a rejection.
Jul 19 2014 10:00PM

Averaging 17.2 points coming in, PJ Hairston scored 15 more -- including this emphatic jam -- as Charlotte advanced to Sunday's semifinals.
Jul 19 2014 6:04PM

The Select Team's comeback overtime win capped another memorable day for alums in Las Vegas.
Day 8 Recap: Select Team Goes Out with a Bang
Jul 19 2014 12:10AM

Devin Ebanks (23 points, 15 rebounds) and the NBA D-League Select Team's comeback win, which brought its Summer League record to 3-3, highlighted the consolation round in Las Vegas.

Click here to see the sights, sounds and highlights from Day 8 in Las Vegas.

The 21-year-old Oakland native scored 7 points in the final minute of the third quarter for his hometown Warriors.
Jul 18 2014 8:24PM

Few, if any, players in Las Vegas appreciate the opportunity to participate in the NBA Summer League more than Kiwi Gardner, whose reaction to being invited was priceless.

The 21-year-old's journey from Oakland has been documented in viral YouTube videos since he was in high school, but he's been pinching himself all week wearing the hometown Warriors uniform and playing for boyhood idol Steve Kerr. Until Friday, his Summer League experience consisted of his usual enthusiastic support for his teammates from the bench.

But then he finally got his chance, and just like he did in the NBA D-League, Gardner responded with a scoring spurt. He poured in seven points in the final minute of the third quarter.

He was at a near loss for words afterward:

The squad's most talented, entertaining and photogenic player talks about himself on and off the court.
Jul 18 2014 2:25PM

Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan and Wizards forward Glen Rice Jr. look poised for breakout seasons.
Day 7 Recap: Canaan & Rice Jr. Keep Rolling, Select Team Downed
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Jul 18 2014 1:43AM

Few players in Las Vegas have been playing with as much confidence as Isaiah Canaan and Glen Rice Jr., both entering their sophomore seasons with a chance to earn a permanent rotation spot.

Those two were the stars of Day 7 of the Samsung NBA Summer League, taking over down the stretch to lead their teams to wins.

Click here to read more about Canaan and Rice Jr., plus the top highlights and images from Thursday's action.

Click here to read who stood out for the Select Team in its 80-73 loss to the Knicks.

Watch the top three plays made by NBA D-League alums on Thursday.
Jul 18 2014 1:49AM

Hairston enjoyed his best game thus far in Vegas, making 8-of-16 from the field in a 104-75 win.
Jul 17 2014 5:36PM

It had been a frustrating Summer League for Hornets first-round pick PJ Hairston, who missed 28 of the first 26 shots he took.

But then Charlotte extended its stay in Las Vegas with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, and on Thursday the player we saw fill it up with the Texas Legends showed up.

Hairston scored 21 points to pace the Hornets in their second-round win over New Orleans, showcasing his full arsenal of moves in a 104-75 blowout: jumpers off screens and bulldozing attacks to the rim.

He's now scored 18+ points in four straight, and Thursday that volume came with efficiency (8/16 FG). For all the talk that Hairston never met a shot he didn't like, his 21.8 points per game with the Legends came on just 14.5 shots, he got to the free-throw line 5.6 times per game and rarely settled for mid-range jumpers.

The tournament shook up Summer League in Las Vegas on Wednesday, with Tony Mitchell and the Select Team capping the night with a win to stay alive.
Jul 17 2014 9:02AM

An extra layer of intrigue was thrown into the mix in Las Vegas on Wednesday as the Samsung NBA Summer League shifted to a single-elimination tournament for the second straight year.

The result was more highlight-reel plays, a game-winning buzzer-beater and a bounceback performance from the NBA D-League Select Team, which advanced to the second round for the second straight year.

Click here for analysis of the three standouts from the Select Team's 87-75 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Click here for a league-wide recap of the day's events, including stars, images and highlights.

The Knicks legend broke down Hairston's Summer League performance with
Jul 16 2014 7:53PM

PJ Hairston saw some familiar faces on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, from opposing wing Ricky Ledo to his Texas Legends head coach Eduardo Najera on the bench. After spending half of the season in the Mavericks organization, this time Hairston was lined up across from them as a first-round pick at the NBA Summer League.

While the 6-6 guard again struggled with his shot (4/18 for 18 points), he has the right man in his corner: Hornets Summer League head coach Patrick Ewing, who pointed to Hairston's shot selection as the issue.

Ewing said most of the wrinkles Hairston needs to iron out lie on the other end of the floor: "He’s NBA-ready from playing in the D-League. He can shoot the basketball, but he still has a lot of work that he needs to do on the defensive end of the court."

The Blazers young guards put on a show on the last day of pool play in Vegas, combining for 40+ points.
Jul 15 2014 5:36PM

The California sensation is soaking in his NBA Summer League experience with his hometown Warriors.
Jul 15 2014 3:30PM

Rudy Gobert, Justin Holiday and Devin Ebanks delivered the biggest performances for alums during Monday's Summer League action.
Jul 15 2014 1:22PM

A matchup between the NBA D-League's two NBA Draft picks headlined Monday's action in Vegas, but once again a handful of the 130 alums participating in Summer League stole the show.

Get the lowdown on the best players, videos and quotes in our Day 4 Recap.

Click here to see who stood out on the NBA D-League Select Team, which lost its third game to the Kings despite another strong showing from former Laker Devin Ebanks.

The two NBA Draft picks matched up on Day 3 in Vegas, this time suiting up for the Hornets and Knicks.
Jul 14 2014 9:17PM

Nearly five months after they matched up in the NBA D-League, PJ Hairston and Thanasis Antetokounmpo shared the court at Summer League as the first picks the league has ever produced in the same NBA Draft.

Click here to read more on how the NBA D-League will link them forever.

Watch the Select Team's leaders pair up for a bucket during their game against the Kings on Monday.
Jul 14 2014 7:01PM

"He got a Gatorade bottle, bro!" The Select Team star messes with his Mad Ants teammate, Ron Howard.
Jul 14 2014 4:00PM

The Santa Cruz guard looked like his older brother in erupting for the Suns in a win over the Bucks.
Jul 14 2014 12:17AM

We saw it in his pro debut with the Santa Cruz Warriors. We saw it in his NBA D-League playoff debut. And now, we've seen it against NBA competition.

Seth Curry entered a zone on Sunday that only he and a select group of shooters can reach, taking over for the Suns in a win over the Bucks. It added up to another monster line for Steph's younger brother: 26 points in 22 minutes 7-for-9 shooting, 5-for-7 from three.

The NBA D-League's all-time leading scorer proves once again to be a jack-of-all-trades after a wild win.
Jul 13 2014 10:34PM

It turns out that Ron Howard is not just Mr. Mad Ant and not just the Select Team's veteran leader; he's also its beat reporter. Watch the 2013-14 co-MVP take the mic ... er, Gatorade bottle ... and ask the tough questions to teammates Kevin Jones and Devin Ebanks following the Select Team's double-overtime, sudden-death victory over the Hawks on Sunday.

And make sure to catch Tony Mitchell's cameo at the end of the Ebanks interview: "He got a Gatorade bottle, bro!"

The 27-year-old wing carried the Pelicans to a win with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting.
Jul 13 2014 7:50PM

The Alabama product, who spent the 2012-13 season in Austin, notched a nasty putback and connected with fellow alum Darius Morris.
Jul 13 2014 6:07PM

A number of the 130 alums at Summer League stood out on Day 2. Here are the best of the best.
Jul 13 2014 1:06PM

The NBA D-League was well-represented on the second day of Summer League: Former Iowa Energy assignee Quincy Miler caught fire. Former Idaho Stampede wing Justin Holiday played the game of his career. And Justin Hamilton took a big first step in his push for a permanent roster spot on the Heat.

Recap the stars and highlights here.

Watch from our spot courtside as the three alums go to work -- and then watch it again on a seven-second loop.
Jul 13 2014 1:21PM

The 2013 second-round pick looked primed for a breakout rookie season in the Wizards' impressive win over Atlanta.
Jul 12 2014 8:56PM

The rookie gives his early impressions of his time with the Knicks after another game bringing nonstop energy off the bench.
Jul 12 2014 8:52PM

The new Knicks acquisitions and NBA D-League alums are making an immediate impact in Las Vegas.
Jul 12 2014 7:03PM

The Red Claws alum has turned into a mentor for Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo as he tries to make the team.
Summer Spotlight: Chris Wright Hoping to Stick with Young Bucks
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Jul 12 2014 4:29PM

Every NBA D-League player aspires to reach the NBA. For the most elite NBA D-League prospects and alums like Chris Wright – who has earned several Gatorade Call-Ups and non-guaranteed NBA contracts since going undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft out of the University of Dayton – the goal is no longer to earn a Gatorade Call-Up; the goal is to become a permanent fixture on an NBA roster.

Fortunately, Wright may have found his NBA home with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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