The Daily Deal: July 14
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.
The NBA D-League is no joke. Just ask Mickell Gladness.
It was another big day for the NBA D-League on Sunday as the Select Team improved to 2-0 and several other NBA D-League alums shined.
Millsap scored a game-high 21 points, but amazingly only took five shots. The 6-foot-6 swingman was getting to the line so often that he actually scored 13 points before making a basket. Millsap said it was his strategy to be more aggressive and it showed with him connecting on 15 of his 20 attempts from the charity stripe. Millsap also chipped in with seven rebounds and three assists.
Tyler is making a strong push for a spot on New York's training camp roster and there are already whispers that he's likely to get that opportunity (see below). After a double-double on Friday, Tyler, In just 13 minutes of action, had 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting and eight rebounds, including five offensive. Tyler finished the season our No. 2 overall Prospect.
Hudson finished the season our No. 1 overall Prospect and he delivered on Sunday by producing 15 points, five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. He shot 5-for-8 from the floor and 3-for-5 from behind the arc, but most impressive was his +22 +/- for the game.
Honorable Mentions: Justin Dentmon (DAL): Scored 18 points on only eight shots in 20 minutes; John Jenkins (ATL): Compiled 19 points, four rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes; Cory Joseph (SAS): Played 35 minutes and filled up the stat sheet with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists; Samardo Samuels (LAC): Played physical and amassed 15 points (4-for-6 shooting), six rebounds and seven fouls in 26 minutes.
It was a matter of, well, player introductions that served as today's top moment.
As the starters took the floor for the Select Team-Los Angeles Clippers game, there were a lot of familiar faces lined up next to each other. In fact, nine of the ten players -- sans 2013 first round draft pick Reggie Bullock -- played in the NBA D-League as recently as last season. Of course, the five Select Team starters (Stefhon Hannah, Elijah Millsap, Jamarr Sanders, Darnell Jackson, Brian Butch) fit that criteria, but the Clippers ushered out a starting five that featured Maalik Wayns, DaJuan Summers, JaMychal Green and Samardo Samuels.
If you're looking for an example of the rising relevance of the NBA D-League, you only needed to see the opening tip in this one.
"Today, Elijah Bryant Millsap got it done, you know, and laid it down. What he shoot like 40 free throws? That's gotta be a Summer League record. We got LeBron in here, KD, and he shot 40 free throws. Everybody open their eyes. -- Ron Howard on his teammate Elijah Millsap's big day, especially from the free-throw line.
The comedy duo of Stefhon Hannah and Ron Howard -- dubbed "The Chicago Show" -- is back as the Select Team teammates give their entertaining analysis of their win over the Clippers on Sunday.
We just chatted with Mike Woodson. He said Toure Murry and Jeremy Tyler will likely be training camp invites. Woodson spoke highly of both.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 14, 2013
...and finally, Elijah Millsap hits a shot from the field. Took 'til his 15th point to do so. That's gotta be some sort of record— Kevin Danna (@kevo408) July 14, 2013
I wouldn't mind seeing Vernon Macklin and Samardo Samuels compete in a bench press contest— Dakota Schmidt (@Dakota_Schmidt) July 14, 2013