NBA Summer League in Las Vegas: Day 8 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 8 in Vegas, the consolation round of the 2014 tournament:

TOP ALUM PERFORMERS

1. DEVIN EBANKS -- FORWARD -- NBA D-LEAGUE SELECT

Ebanks made sure to leave a lasting impression in the Select Team's final game in Vegas. It was easy to see that he came in with a mission from the opening tip of the opening game, and on Friday he was once again active and physical inside, posting 23 points (9/11 from the line) and 15 rebounds in another overtime win. If Ebanks takes the same mindset into a training camp or the NBA D-League, he'll be wearing an NBA uniform before long..

2. RUDY GOBERT -- CENTER -- UTAH JAZZ

Gobert should be on any list of top NBA performers in Las Vegas, let alone NBA D-League alums. His impact was felt every time he stepped on the floor and suddenly there was a 7-foot-2 wall in front of the opposing team's basket. After r his 11-point, 15-rebound outing on Friday, he finished with averages of 11.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in just 23.8 minutes, and was a +21 in 95 minutes overall.



3. RICKY LEDO -- GUARD -- DALLAS MAVERICKS

This was the type of playmaking guard the Mavericks envision Ledo can be. The 21-year-old wrapped up a fine Summer League with 15 points, 9 assists and just one turnover in a rout of the Suns. He's clearly built on his late-season surge with the Texas Legends to show up a more mature player.



Honorable Mentions: Travis Hyman (Select): Stood tall inside with 8 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks to finish with a game-high +14; Adonis Thomas (PH): Displayed his smooth scoring ability with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting; Malcolm Thomas (UTA): Capped a strong Summer League (11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds in 23.8 minutes) by leading the Jazz with 16 points, hitting both of his three-point attempts ; Chris Wright (MIL): Took advantage of his first starting opportunity, coming out aggressive to post 16 points (4/5 FG, 8/9 FT) and 8 boards.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY

For a week, Kiwi Gardner had remained on the sideline, soaking up an experience he never thought would happen while serving as the most lively bench player at Summer League. Finally, Warriors coach Steve Kerr, one hos Gardner's boyhood idols, called Gardner's number, and the electric 5-7 guard seized the moment, scoring seven points in the final minute of the third quarter -- "a surreal feeling," he called it afterward.



WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

It started as simply a wave of support for the little guy. Whenever fans in Las Vegas saw 5-foot-5 Japanese guard Yuki Tagashi step on the court, they'd erupt in applause. But then he started dribbling past defenders and burying shots and he became the fan favorite of Summer League. Don't forget the name -- the possibility of him entering the NBA D-League next season is gaining momentum.


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