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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
#Blazers G CJ McCollum just stopped by the media table to ask me: "What are you going to write about today? We still on a downward spiral?— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 15, 2014
D-Mo with a huge slam on a give and go with Canaan. He looks more settled down this year, less frantic to prove himself every possession.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 15, 2014
So Far From Finished.— James Nunnally (@AllorNunn21) July 16, 2014