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:

TOP ALUM PERFORMERS

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

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.



2. DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS -- FORWARD/CENTER -- HOUSTON ROCKETS

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.

3. DENNIS SCHRODER -- POINT GUARD -- ATLANTA HAWKS

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.

Honorable Mentions: Austin Daye (SAS): Posted an efficient 27 points on 18 shots, plus 7 boards and 2 blocks; PJ Hairston (CHA): Continued to play more under control in a 15-point effort, which included an emphatic slam through the heart of the defense; Shane Larkin (NYK): Set the table for the Knicks once again during another bid for a roster spot, with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY

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.



WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Six days ago, PJ Hairston and the Hornets lost their third straight game to open their stint in Vegas. By Saturday, they'd already come together to right the ship with their third straight win -- yet another sign that Summer League is a time to work out the kinks. Jack Arent/NBAE/Getty Images


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