NBA Summer League in Las Vegas: Day 3 Recap
The Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas will put dozens of NBA D-League alums on display, from blossoming young NBA talents like Archie Goodwin and Nemanja Nedovic to the minor league's Top Prospects -- Lorenzo Brown, Seth Curry and Kevin Murphy, to name a few.
To sort through the nonstop hoops action that will take place at the 11-day event, NBADLeague.com will offer a daily look at the stars, images and highlights of #NBASummer 2014.
Here's what went down on Day 3 in Vegas:
It's one thing for Curry to enter the zone in his professional and NBA D-League playoff debuts. Taking over an NBA Summer League game with a spot at the next level on the line, on the other hand, could go an even longer way in selling himself to teams. It was the perfect backup point guard audition for Curry, and he aced it with 26 points in just 22 minutes and on just 9 shots.
This was the type of performance that Summer League is made for. It was not Andrew Wiggins or Anthony Bennett carrying the Cavs down the stretch and thrilling the crowd; it was 6-1 guard from the University of Montana Will Cherry, who made another step in following the underdog path laid out by fellow Oakland native and former Big Sky Conference star Damian Lillard. "He's been that way since we were younger," Lillard said.
Fells was the definition of efficiency in pouring in 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting to spoil Julius Randle's Lakers debut. He got his points within the flow of the offense and was active on the defensive end. At 27, Fells could be staring at his last major push for the NBA, and on Sunday he looked like one of the more reliable options out of the NBA D-League.
It would be difficult to find a basketball game with as wild a finish as the Select Team's double-overtime, sudden-death victory over the Hawks. With the game decided by whoever scored next, the ball bounced around like a hot potato until it finally ended up in the hands of Devin Ebanks for a wide-open layup -- the rare walk-off win on the hardwood.
"It makes you hungry. I've heard about the bus trips, how it's different from the NBA, and that makes you hungry -- especially for a guy who's been in the NBA or has been around guys who are in the NBA."
-- Damian Lillard on what the NBA D-League does for players
My brother @willcherry5 was seeeerrrrrvin today. Get that man a contract! Somebody! Anybody!— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 13, 2014
We're glad we don't play baseball. Walk-off losses kinda stink.— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 14, 2014
Cassell: "In the winter, we got one guy who can get us in the penalty, and that’s John Wall. And I think Glen Rice could be the other guy."— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) July 14, 2014