NBA Summer League in Las Vegas: Day 5 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 5 in Vegas:

TOP ALUM PERFORMERS

1. C.J. McCOLLUM -- GUARD -- PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Years from now, if C.J. McCollum lives up to his potential, the NBA D-League will represent a small step in his rise: The guard did not make his pro debut with the Blazers, but in fact with their NBA D-League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede, while rehabbing from a broken left foot. On Tuesday, a fully healthy McCollum was simply dominant, scoring 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting, including 6-for-9 from deep.

2. GLEN RICE JR. -- FORWARD -- WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Rice Jr. wasn't just a top performer on Tuesday; he's been one of the top performers in Las Vegas all week, alum or no alum. He's showing the type of consistency that comes with experience, posting games of 22, 22 and now 24 points while stroking it like his dad used to. If the 23-year-old cracks the Wizards' rotation next season, we can look back at this Summer League as the turning point.

3. MALCOLM THOMAS -- FORWARD -- UTAH JAZZ

Finally secure in a roster spot, Thomas has been solid and polished for Utah all week. In an otherwise sloppy nightcap, the 6-9 forward -- NBADLeague.com's No. 1 ranked prospect entering the 2013-14 season -- shined both ends, posting 14 points and 10 rebounds in a Jazz win.



Honorable Mentions: Will Barton (POR): Put on an absolute show with some street ball-style moves, scoring 17 points; Donatas Motiejunas (HOU: The former Viper made easy work of the Clippers, showing off his versatile game with 15 points on 6/8 James Nunnally (MIA): Changed teams and immediately thrived with some playing time (22 points, 7/9 FG, 4/5 3FG); Miles Plumlee (PHX): Active on both ends, the third-year big man rebounded from two rough outings with a double-double (15 points, 11 boards).

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY

The Summer League is about developing your talent and earning a job ... but every once in a while, it need a player like Will Barton to shake things up. The ultra-athletic Blazers wing turned their game against the Hawks into an And-1 Mixtape, including this alley-oop:



WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

After five days and 36 games, pool play ended in Las Vegas and the 24 teams were re-seeded for the tournament to determine the Summer League champ.


WORTH 140 CHARACTERS