The Daily Deal: July 22
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.
By Monday, the place will be cleared out. After 10 days and 62 games at NBA Summer League, the 2012 edition is in the books. And while hundreds of players will be headed back to where they came from, dozens of them -- including some of the NBA D-League's Top Prospects -- will be doing anything but starting from scratch. Read on to find out who upped their Prospect status on Sunday, and check out the Deals from previous days to get an angle on the guys who'll be making the leap to the NBA in 2012-13.
1. JARRID FAMOUS -- CENTER -- MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Famous could not miss on Saturday. Seriously. The 6-foot-11 center went 6-for-6 from the floor and made his only free-throw attempt on the afternoon to finish with 13 points and an unblemished shooting percentage. The South Florida product also grabbed eight rebounds in only 15 minutes off the bench. After a double-double in his first game of the week, Famous bookends the week with another performance that shows why he was one of the top big men in all of the NBA D-League last year.
2. BRIAN BUTCH -- CENTER -- MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Butch like the entire Bucks team ended Summer League on a strong note. He scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds, just missing out on a double-double of his own. Hes known as a big that can stretch the floor and he connected on one of his two attempts from downtown on Saturday, finishing 4-of-8 from the floor. It was a good finale for a player that suffered a scary knee injury in Summer League in 2010.
3. STEFHON HANNAH -- GUARD -- MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Hannah came into the week as one our top Prospects to watch and, while he fell on The Board because of limited minutes, he started to put it together as the week went on. Saturday was his finest performance of the week as he scored 14 points and dished out five assists in 17 minutes. He shot 6-for-9 from the floor and his only misses came from 3-point range, where hit on two of five attempts. He did commit five turnovers, however, so that keeps him here in the third slot.
Honorable Mentions: Aaron Miles (MIL) - Miles who first played in the NBA in 2005-06, but played 17 games in Reno in 2010-11 handed out a game-high 13 assists on Saturday, but he is a bit of a stretch based on our definition of a Prospect being that he has had three separate seasons where saw NBA action. The dimes, nonetheless, were impressive; Craig Brackins (BOS) 11 points and six febounds in 21 minutes; Larry Owens (BOS) 10 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes.
Midway through the third quarter of the Bucks-Bulls game, a quartet of NBA D-League alums took over.
First, Bucks center (and Bakersfield Jam alum) Brian Butch stroked a 3-pointer, and the crowd -- some of whom remembered when he suffered a gruesome knee injury during 2010 NBA Summer League -- responded with as loud a cheer as anyone not named Adam Morrison got all day.
The next possession, reigning NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Edwin Ubiles hit a shot for the Bulls
Then Stefhon Hannah, the reigning NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year and Ubiles' teammate in Dakota, hit another three for the Bucks.
After a turnover, Hannah came back the other way, drove to the hoop and dropped a no-look pass over his shoulder to a streaking Jarrid Famous (an Iowa Energy alum), who deposited the ball and most of his lower arm into the cylinder.
...so, either that or the 'MVP' chants Morrison got every time he made a shot.
Milwaukee Bucks 113, Chicago Bulls 68: There's a precedent.
Earlier in the week, we awarded Best Game to a Heat-Lakers tilt that ended with Miami taking a slight 50-point win. So when the Bucks ran over the Bulls like the stampede scene in The Lion King -- and did so using a full-scale assault from NBA D-League alums -- they wrapped up the honor, even though the two teams were more divided than Congress.
In terms of scoring, Hannah led the way for the alums, with the buzz out of NBA D-League Elite Mini camp going for 14 points and five assists. Fellow NBA D-Leaguers Jarrid Famous (13) and Brian Butch (9) followed suit, while Aaron Miles catalyzed the offense all day, dishing out 13 assists. Famous and Butch both pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Bucks on the boards.
"I knew that a long time ago. But to come out here and play how I was playing it actually was a reality, so I'm glad I played well and I want to continue to play like that." - Bulls forward, L.A. D-Fenders alum and Summer League All-Star Malcolm Thomas on when he knew that he could compete in the NBA
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Malcolm Thomas just wrapped up a Summer League campaign that saw him notch four double-doubles in five games and earn Summer League All-Star honors. He caught up with NBADLeague.com after his final game in Veags on Sunday.
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Milwaukee Bucks (and former Iowa Energy) forward Jarrid Famous skies for a big dunk on Sunday's final day. | Jack Arent/NBAE/Getty Images