LAS VEGAS -- For the second straight year, the NBA D-League Select Team is headed to the quarterfinals of the NBA Summer League tournament in Las Vegas. The squad won its second game of the event in convincing fashion over a talented young Denver Nuggets squad, 87-75.
The victory sets up an intriguing matchup with the undefeated Knicks, who are led by NBA D-League alums Shane Larkin, Jeremy Tyler and Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Here's who most helped the Select Team advance:
This was the Tony Mitchell that looks like a surefire NBA player, when he channels his boundless energy into good reads and smart shots. Mitchell stayed in attack mode all game, using his body to muscle up on Denver's wing defenders and get inside. He finished with 26 points on 9-for-12 from the field and 8-for-10 from the line, a major bounceback from Monday's sluggish outing.
Kelley was steady as usual in posting 11 points and 5 assists in 32 minutes and leading the team on both ends. He's selling himself to NBA team's as a savvy floor general, and he's looked the part in Las Vegas. He's also been vocal about playing with a purpose during the exhibition games against NBA players. "They have what we want," he said on Wednesday.
Jones broke out with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting in 21 minutes, even hitting 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. It was a strong showcase of his talents as a solid mid-range shooter who can play pick-and-pop. The three-ball could be huge for his game if he can make it consistently.