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Summer League Standouts: Day 7 -- Orlando, Las Vegas

POSTED: Jul 9, 2016 10:43 AM ET

By Fran Blinebury and Shaun Powell


All-Access Orlando Summer League

An all-access look at the sights and sounds of Orlando Summer League 2016

A daily look at the standout performers of the day at the Summer League in Orlando and Las Vegas. Here are the day's top players for Day 7:


By Fran Blinebury

Henry Ellenson, Detroit Pistons

Ellenson Hustle

Henry Ellenson makes the hustle play grabbing the board and finishing with a bucket.

The highest 2016 drafted player (No. 18) in the Orlando Pro Summer League struggled all week to find his shot. But the Pistons' 6-11 forward did finally have a solid all-around game where he was able to score, getting 22 points and grabbling 11 rebounds in the championship game 87-84 overtime loss to the Magic White.

Arinze Onuaku, Orlando Magic White

The 29-year-old journeyman closed out a bullish week in the paint by hitting 6 of 9 shots and rumbling to 14 points and 12 rebounds in the title clinching win over Detroit.

Ron Baker, New York Knicks

Clippers vs. Knicks

Ron Baker scores 20 points and grabs five rebounds to lead the Knicks past the Clippers, 106-76 in the final game of the Orlando Summer League.

The 6-4 guard showed the form that helped Wichita State make two runs to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. He stroked in 4-for-6 from behind the arc for 20 points, while also pulling down five rebounds and dishing four assists in the Knicks' 106-77 thumping of the Clippers.

Semaj Christon, Oklahoma City Thunder

The 2014 second round draft pick came up big in the finale for the Thunder, playing neatly alongside Cameron Payne and making 10 of 14 shots for 22 points with four assists in OKC's 86-72 win over the Heat.

Casey Prather, Dallas Mavericks

Honeycutt Alley-oop

Casey Prather inbounds the ball late in the fourth quarter for the monster alley-oop by Tyler Honeycutt.

The ex-Florida Gator swingman, who came a long distance from Down Under last season, where he played for the Perth Wildcats, rang it up big from long distance, shooting 4-for-7 on treys to lead Dallas to a 97-92 win over Charlotte.


By Shaun Powell and Scott Howard-Cooper

Kris Dunn, Minnesota Timberwolves

Dunn Alley-Oop

Tyus Jones feeds Kris Dunn with an alley-oop to open the scoring.

The Wolves used their No. 1 pick on a point guard, which was a mild surprise considering they have Ricky Rubio. But Rubio could be traded next season; that's how high the Wolves are on Dunn, and this was before his Summer League debut. Well, Dunn was as advertised at Providence, showing aggression at both ends of the floor and doing it against Emmanual Mudiay, the second point guard taken in last year's draft. Dunn scored 27 points (on a very efficient 10 of 18 shooting) with three steals. He was constantly attacking and showing the grit that will serve him well and earn him big points from new coach Tom Thibodeau.

Emmanual Mudiay, Denver Nuggets

Mudiay Finishes Lob

Gary Harris lobs it to Emmanuel Mudiay for the alley-oop.

Not to be outdone, Mudiay gave as much as he took against Dunn and the fans in Vegas were treated to a spirited matchup at point guard. Mudiay was a constant presence on the floor and finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Last season, Mudiay's shooting was spotty, but he showed better range and more confidence. This will serve him well, not only for the rest of the summer league, but into his second season if he can maintain the pace. The Nuggets have high hopes for Mudiay, one of the stars of last year's summer league.

Thon Maker, Milwaukee Bucks

Bucks vs. Cavaliers

Thon Maker scores 15 points and grabs 13 rebounds to lead the Bucks past the Cavaliers, 81-75.

He was a bit of a surprise lottery choice by the Bucks because of all the intrigue surrounding his supposed age. But Maker played with a nice flow against the Cavs, notching a double double with 15 points and 13 rebounds (along with three blocks). Maker ran the court swiftly and showed solid speed for someone who's 7-1; his athleticism is apparent. He's raw but seems to bring good instincts defensively and the Bucks are certain he'll be a quick study in summer league and in fall camp.

D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers vs. Pelicans

The Lakers open Summer League with four players scoring in double-digits, led by D'Angelo Russell with 20 in their 85-65 win over New Orleans.

While most of the attention heading into the first game may have been on the No. 2 pick of 2016, Brandon Ingram, it was the No. 2 pick of 2015 who asserted himself. Russell, his experience as a second-year player obvious, piled up 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Fran Blinebury has covered the NBA since 1977. You can e-mail him here and follow him on Twitter.

Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter.

Scott Howard-Cooper has covered the NBA since 1988. You can e-mail him here and follow him on Twitter.

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