NBA Summer League in Las Vegas: Day 9 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 9 in Vegas, the quarterfinal round of the 2014 tournament:
At this point Rice Jr. should be hoping for the regular season to start tomorrow; he's ready. In the top performance of the event so far, the Wizards forward took his already scorching Summer League to another level with 36 points (11/21 FG, 6/10 3FG, 8/13 FT), 11 rebounds and 4 steals in a triple-overtime win. His Summer League-leading scoring average climbed to 25.2 points. "He's playing the best basketball I've seen him play," coach Sam Cassell said afterward.
Motiejunas has simply looked more polished than his competition all Summer League long, to the point where it's easy to forget that he's just 23. With 19 points and 13 boards on Saturday, he's now put up at least 13 and made at least half of his shots in each of his seven Summer League games. Entering his third season, "D-Mo" needs that type of consistency -- which he showed during seven games on assignment in RGV in 2012-13 -- to earn bigger minutes in Houston.
Players coming into their own in Las Vegas was the theme of Day 9. Schroder's standout Summer League run ended in the quarterfinals, but not before he showcased another preview of what's to come with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. If he can shoot at least establish the threat of the three-pointer and shoot 80% from the line during the regular season as he did in Vegas, the Hawks have a bright future at the point.
Glen Rice Jr.'s three-ball to send the Wizards-Spurs classic into triple-OT displayed everything that's made his Summer League special: He knew where to be on the court, he shot the ball calmly and confidently, and he showed off an improved stroke that has opened up the rest of his game. John Wall and Bradley Beal, looking on courtside, have to like what they see from their young running mate.
GRice and Otto got mula tonight !!! #wizkids— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) July 20, 2014
Last couple days in Vegas .... NBA summer league was an amazing experience ... I need more !— The...Kiwi Gardner (@kiwis_back) July 20, 2014
Why Josh Huestis might become the NBA's first domestic 'draft-and-stash' player http://t.co/H5aiDjS2op— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) July 20, 2014