The Daily Deal: July 12
Each day, NBADLeague.com will be in Las Vegas to cover all of the Summer League action, focusing on the top NBA D-League alums that are trying to make an impact on their respective teams in order to earn a spot on an NBA roster or solidify a spot in the rotation.
Four games down, just 57 to go. It's going to a fast-paced marathon of hoops that only Vegas can relate to and NBADLeague.com will be covering all the angles from Sin City. Today started with a strong double-double by New York's Jeremy Tyler and it ended in dramatic fashion with a rare Summer League buzzer-beater.
1. CORY JOSEPH -- GUARD -- SAN ANTONIO SPURS
His shot wasn't falling for much of the second half, but Joseph made the one that counted the most -- a go-ahead jumper from the right wing with 4.0 seconds left to lead the Spurs to a 69-68 victory over the Bobcats on Friday. The Texas product that played 26 games with the Austin Toros this season finished with 19 points (on 7-for-14 shooting) to go along with five rebounds and five assists. He also displayed an improved command of the offense as the de-facto leader of this Summer League team.
2. SAMARDO SAMUELS -- FORWARD -- LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Samuels made a statement in Day 1 of Summer League. That statement? That he deserves a place back in the show. The former Cavaliers big man, who finished the 2012-13 season with the Reno Bighorns as the league's No. 8 Prospect, was active in the paint, scoring 15 points (on 7-for-11 shooting) and pulling down nine rebounds. His numbers could've been even better if he didn’t miss five of six attempts at the charity stripe.
3. TOUR'E MURRY -- GUARD -- NEW YORK KNICKS
His stat line won’t blow you away, but Murry made the best of his opportunity on Friday. In just 12 minutes of action, Murry accumulated 11 points, three rebounds and two assists while finishing a team-high plus-12 on the game. A versatile wing player, Murry is making a case for more playing time.
Honorable Mentions: Jeremy Tyler (NYK) - Tyler made a strong first impression with the Knicks by producing a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double against New Orleans to start the day; DaJuan Summers (LAC) – Scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in 20 minutes. Shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range; John Jenkins (ATL) – Only played in two NBA D-League games last season, but Jenkins went off for 24 points and six rebounds.
All you need to do is watch.
"Well, no timeouts, so I got the ball and I knew I was going to get a screen. I saw them looking for a screen, so I rejected it. I was bound to hit one. I was missing all game, so I was bound to hit one." -- Cory Joseph on his game-winning bucket.
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WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
This picture says it all. NBA D-League alum Jeremy Tyler takes the opening tip of Las Vegas Summer League with 2013 first round NBA Draft pick Tim Hardaway Jr. and NBA veterans Austin Rivers and Jon Brockman looking on. Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images
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Its this simple- Jeremy Tyler is an NBA player. Too good not to be in the league.— Kevin Danna (@kevo408) July 12, 2013
Cory Joseph did say he'd be working on his leadership role, that's pretty apparent in the game so far. Taking control and doing a good job.— Stephen Sanchez (@StephenSanchez_) July 13, 2013