2021 Summer League

2021 Summer League Standouts, Day 9

Second-year Knicks forward Obi Toppin throws down a 31-point gauntlet in Friday's game vs. Detroit, adding 3 steals and 2 blocks.

A look at top performers from Las Vegas on Day 9 of Summer League:

Obi Toppin, New York Knicks

Game Recap: Pistons 93, Knicks 87

Toppin scored the most of any player Friday, reaching 31 points against the Detroit Pistons on 12-of-20 shooting, including 2-for-5 from 3 and 3-for-4 from the charity stripe.

Scoring wasn’t the only way Toppin affected the game. He also pitched in two rebounds and showed off his two-way ability with three steals and two blocks. Impressively, he also had zero turnovers.

A 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward out of Dayton, Toppin was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. As a rookie, he averaged 4.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.0 minutes.

Toppin also saw action in the 2021 playoffs, where he averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.0 minutes in five games against the Hawks. Notably, he scored 13 points in Game 4.

Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons

Cade Cunningham is making a strong first impression on the NBA.

The No. 1 overall pick made 7 of 10 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists to help the Detroit Pistons beat the New York Knicks, 93-87, on Friday night at Summer League.

Cunningham shot 8-for-14 overall as the Pistons earned their first win in Las Vegas.

Jaylen Nowell, Minnesota Timberwolves

Game Recap: Timberwolves 91, Bucks 64

Jaylen Nowell’s performance helped Minnesota defeat Milwaukee. Nowell had 26 points and grabbed six rebounds, and had three assists in route to the Timberwolves beating the Bucks, 91-64.


Nowell shot an impressive 11-for-22 from the field, while remaining present on the defensive end. Nowell and the Timberwolves showed up in Friday’s rout.

Trent Forrest, Utah Jazz

Game Recap: Jazz 84, Heat 65

The Jazz improved to 3-0 in Las Vegas behind the continual great play of Trent Forrest. The second-year PG put up a double-double — 19 points, 10 rebounds — while dishing out six assists.

The Florida State guard showed his consistent improvement in Friday night’s 84-65 victory over the Heat.

Kira Lewis, New Orleans Pelicans

Game Recap: Pelicans 87, Cavaliers 74

The Pelicans weren’t fazed in facing No. 3 overall pick Evan Mobley and the Cavaliers. New Orleans defeated Cleveland, 87-74, behind play of second-year guard Kira Lewis Jr.

Lewis scored 22 points, adding two assists, and two rebounds. The sophomore guard out of Alabama appeared in 54 games last season, averaging 6.4 points per game and 2.3 assists, as the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Moses Moody, Golden State Warriors

Game Recap: Warriors 94, Thunder 84

2021 Lottery pick Moses Moody’s play carried Golden State past Oklahoma City.  Moody scored 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in Friday’s 94-84 win over the Thunder.

Moody was selected No. 14 overall by the Warriors and is becoming more comfortable with NBA style play. His teammate, No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Kuminga, added another 18 to help Golden State cruise to a 2-1 record in Las Vegas.

Davion Mitchell

Game Recap: Kings 90, Grizzlies 75

The Kings remains undefeated in Las Vegas behind stellar play from rookie Davion Mitchell. The ninth pick in the NBA draft scored 19 points, dished out four assists and had three steals in Sacramento’s 90-75 victory over Memphis.

Throughout Summer League, Mitchell has not only showcased his scoring ability, but his defensive promise. It’s become evident that Mitchell will be a problem for NBA ballhandlers.


Vic Law, Los Angeles Lakers

Game Recap: Lakers 86, Clippers 84

The Lakers won, 86-84, in a close matchup against the crosstown rival Clippers. Power forward Vic Law had team high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the close win.

Vic Law scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 46 seconds left, as the Lakers beat their cross-town rivals.