NBA Summer League in Las Vegas: Day 4 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 4 in Vegas:
Just a year ago, Gobert was a project known more for his freakish body (7-foot-2 with a 7-9 wingspan) than his actual ability to play basketball. In Vegas, he's looked like a man who's just beginning to grasp how to use that body to his advantage. For the second straight game, the Frenchman, a Bakersfield Jam alum, was ultra-active inside. He finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks, but his presence on both ends amounted to much, much more.
Every year there are a few players who make a name for themselves at Summer League, and right now Justin Holiday is at the forefront of that list. Jrue's older brother had himself a game for the second straight outing, following his 29 points with 26 more, including four three-pointers and what almost turned out to be his second-straight game-winner. Long, lanky and athletic, Holiday is an NBA-caliber wing if he continues to drain jumpers like he's done in Vegas.
Ebanks has looked like a man on a mission in this Summer League. He's been the focal point of the Select Team's offense, vocal on defense and fiery as a competitor. On Monday he posted 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting, showing a soft touch from outside while also banging bodies down low -- a solid audition for a stretch-4 spot in the NBA.
Ron Howard and Tony Mitchell are the NBA D-League's odd couple. But for all the contrast in their personalities, their chemistry on the court fueled the Mad Ants' championship run. And they rekindled some of that magic against the Kings, with Howard playing the part of smooth facilitator and Mitchell throwing it down with authority.
"Like [Damian] Lillard said, it makes you hungry. It makes you want to get to the next step. You have to survive; if you don't, you'll get left behind."
-- Justin Holiday on how the NBA D-League gets players ready for the NBA.
At Knicks-Hornets: P.J. Hairston has prototypical two-guard size.There's real talent there, too. If he can overcome maturity issues, a steal— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 14, 2014
That boy @JustHolla22 still hoopin!!!!— That Boy Jrue (@Jrue_Holiday11) July 15, 2014
Put my boy @kiwis_back in... It's a W— AG (@IamAaronGordon) July 15, 2014