2023 NBA 2K24 Summer League

Summer Standouts: Chet Holmgren keeps delivering; Ausar Thompson shines in win

While sophomores have been dominating early play in Las Vegas, rookies on the Pistons and Mavericks broke out in big ways Wednesday.

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While second-year players have dominated the early scoreboard at the NBA 2K24 Summer League, Wednesday’s action featured a few notable rookie breakouts. No. 5 overall pick Ausar Thompson led the Detroit Pistons’ comeback win against the Toronto Raptors. Mavericks bigs Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper each played big roles as Dallas won in OT. And Boston Celtics rookie Jared Walsh put a game-high on the Los Angeles Lakers in the nightcap. Here’s the breakdown:

Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder

Chet Holmgren delivers 25 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

The 2022 No. 2 overall pick continued to progress in this second Summer League, and a full run has only reinforced confidence in Holmgren’s potential. A third straight impressive performance ended with 25 points, nine rebounds and another five blocks. There’s a role to be found for Holmgren on the ascendant Thunder, and his rookie status — after missing all of 2022-23 with a right foot injury — could make for an interesting campaign.

Ausar Thompson, Detroit Pistons

Ausar Thompson drops 17 and 9 in the Pistons' comeback.

While twin brother Amen was picked No. 4 by the Houston Rockets, Ausar gradually rose on Draft boards and landed fifth, joining a Pistons squad replete with young talent. Thompson’s steady play should earn him minutes under new coach Monty Williams, who surely noticed his cool in leading a come-from-behind 94-90 victory after Detroit trailed by 17. Though the turnovers (seven) need reigning in, Thompson’s four steals and two blocks showed a commitment to earning it back.

Dereck Lively II & Olivier Maxence Prosper, Dallas Mavericks

Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper shine in Mavericks' win

Though Braxton Key stole the show with a tip dunk winner to hit to the overtime target score, the Mavs’ pair of first-round picks dropped double-doubles to keep Dallas in the mix all game. Prosper (17 points, 11 rebounds) was more aggressive of the two offensively, shooting 3-for-5 from deep and adding an 8-for-10 showing at the line. Lively II (11 points, 4-for-5 FGs, 10 rebounds) added a pair of blocks, though he also committed five fouls — often an early bugaboo for young bigs.

Lester Quinones, Golden State Warriors

Lester Quinones puts 29 on the Mavs in OT.

The reigning NBA G League Most Improved Player continued to pressure defenses on Wednesday, dropping 29 points on the Mavericks in a 98-96 overtime loss, and doing so despite an 8-for-23 shooting night. Quinones — trailing only Jabari Smith Jr. and Jaden Hardy with 9.3 free throws attempted through three games — shot 13-for-17 from the line Wednesday. He also had seven rebounds and five assists (and just one turnover) to position the Warriors for the victory before it was tipped away.

Jordan Walsh, Boston Celtics

Jordan Walsh closes out the night with 25 points against the Lakers in Vegas.

The Celtics acquired Walsh on Draft night (he was originally selected by the Kings at No. 38 overall) and saw enough to sign him to a reported 4-year deal. He reinforced that with a 25-point showing in a 95-90 win vs. the Lakers in Vegas, efficiently shooting 10-for-20 while adding eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. The 3-point shot wasn’t there (2-for-7 Wednesday; 27.8% last season at Arkansas), but efficiency inside the arc is a skill, and could carry him toward the Celtics’ frontcourt rotation.