2021 Summer League
2021 Summer League Standouts, Day 2
Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody show their potential, while Jazz big man Udoka Azubuike posts another eye-popping stat line.
A look at top performers from Day 2 at Salt Lake City and California (Sacramento):
Udoka Azubuike, Utah Jazz White
Udoka Azubuike is going to be a problem. He certainly was for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
The 7-foot, 270-pound behemoth dominated the Jazz White’s 94-75 victory over the Grizzlies, finishing with 19 points on 9-for-9 shooting to go with 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Azubuike added three blocks and two steals on the defensive end while committing only two personal fouls.
Azubuike, the 27th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, saw limited action in only 15 NBA contests last season, as an ankle injury suffered in January while playing in the G League kept him sidelined for several months.
Heading into his second NBA season, Azubuike will look to secure a more consistent role with the Jazz. The 21-year-old will battle recent addition Hassan Whiteside for minutes at center behind reigning Kia Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.
Max Strus & Omer Yurtseven, Miami Heat
Playing in his first game since signing a two-year deal with the Heat, Max Strus scored a game-high 27 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field and 5-for-11 shooting from deep in Miami’s 94-87 victory over Golden State.
But it wasn’t a one-man show for the Heat. One night after scoring 27 points with 19 rebounds, Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven posted 25 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as Miami won both of its games at the California Classic.
MaCio Teague, Utah Jazz Blue
MaCio Teague exploded for 26 points on 9-for-18 shooting as the Jazz Blue cruised to a 78-54 victory over the Spurs.
Teague, who played for Baylor’s national championship team, was not selected during last week’s Draft but later signed an Exhibit 10 deal with Utah.
So far he’s made a good impression at the Salt Lake City Summer League; he was the best player on the court that featured two lottery picks from the Spurs, Josh Primo and Devin Vassell — and Teague guarded both well.
Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, Golden State Warriors
Warriors 2021 NBA Draft selections Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody made their debuts in Sacramento as Golden State lost to the Heat 92-87.
Kuminga and Moody combined to score the Warriors’ first nine points, and they finished the game as the team’s leading scorers. Moody, the No. 14 pick, led the team with 19 points, connecting on two of his three 3-point attempts.
Kuminga, the No. 7 pick, tallied 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting and showed off an ability to finish in traffic.