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DaRon Holmes

Set for Achilles surgery The first-round draft pick out of Dayton suffered the injury in his first appearance for the Nuggets on Friday in the Las Vegas Summer League. He'll face a lengthy and arduous recovery process from surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2024-25 season, and his availability for Summer League in 2025 could also be affected. The Nuggets had been hopeful that Holmes would slot in as their top backup to Nikola Jokic during the upcoming season, but Dario Saric, Peyton Watson, DeAndre Jordan and Zeke Nnaji now look to be the top contenders to fill frontcourt minutes on the second unit.

Matas Buzelis

Goes for 28 in SL Buzelis expanded upon his 15-point performance against the Bucks on Saturday with a 28-point outburst Sunday against Golden State. Buzelis was able to find his shot Sunday, tying for a game-high four three-pointers made after missing all four attempts in his previous outing. The 11th overall pick could see a substantial role for the Bulls this season with their uncertainty across the roster.

Julian Strawther

Goes for 32 in SL Strawther has been impressive offensively in two Summer League appearances, averaging 28.5 points per game. The Gonzaga product seems to be dealing with a minor ankle injury, so it wouldn't be surprising if he is shut down for the remainder of Summer League considering his performance to this point. Strawther could play his way into the rotation this year if he continues to produce offensively, especially with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope departing for Orlando.

Zaccharie Risacher

Struggles from floor Risacher posted a second consecutive double-digit scoring outing to kick off Summer League but struggled with efficiency. The first-overall pick has especially struggled from deep, shooting just 25.0 percent from three over his first two outings. Despite his struggle to kick off Summer League, he is a proven proficient three-point shooter, logging 45.0 percent from beyond the arc across 23 games during the EuroCup in 2023-24, so it will be surprising if his shooting woes continue for an extended period.

Tristan da Silva

Scores 23 in SL Da Silva built upon a 13-point outing in Friday's win over the Cavaliers with a 23-point outburst against the Pelicans Sunday. The Colorado product has been a highly efficient scorer, shooting 57.9 percent from the floor and 54.5 percent from three. Despite the strong start to Summer League, Da Silva will face an uphill battle to a significant role for the Magic come the regular season due to their depth at the wing positions.

Reed Sheppard

Impresses in SL Sunday Sheppard stuffed the stat sheet Sunday, recording a game-high seven assists and tying a game-high five steals. The third overall pick was also effective creating in the midrange, finding shots for himself and teammates. Sheppard has been impressive to kick off Summer League, averaging 22.5 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks in 31.0 minutes per game across two appearances.

Adem Bona

Inks four-year deal with Philadelphia Bona was drafted with the 41st overall pick in the 2024 draft and has secured a rookie contact after a solid start to the Summer League. The UCLA product has averaged 6.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in 22.7 minutes per game in the Summer League thus far. It will likely be difficult for Bona to crack the rotation with Andre Drummond already serving as backup to Joel Embiid.

Alex Sarr

Lackluster performance Sunday The offensive struggles continue for Sarr, who has shot just 30.7 percent from the floor across two Summer League appearances. Despite the offensive woes, the second overall pick provided value with solid interior defense once again Sunday, tying for a game-high two blocks.

Stephon Castle

Out for remainder of Summer League Castle injured his right wrist after a fall during Saturday's game against Portland, and he will remain sidelined for the remainder of Summer League as the Spurs play it safe with the fourth overall pick. Castle flashed the potential that made him a highly touted prospect in this year's draft during limited action in Summer League, putting up 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal Saturday against the Trail Blazers. Castle will likely serve as a key player for San Antonio off the bench to begin the 2024-25 campaign.

Karlo Matkovic

Signs three-year deal with New Orleans Matkovic was drafted 52nd overall in the 2022 draft by the Pelicans but spent most of the subsequent two seasons playing in Europe before joining the Birmingham Squadron in Feb. 2024. Matkovic appeared in 10 games for Birmingham, averaging 17.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. After recording eight points and eight rebounds to kick off the Las Vegas Summer League in the summer of 2024, Matkovic reached a standard deal to join the Pelicans, including a team option in the third year. Matkovic could find his way into the rotation for a new-look Pelicans squad with question marks at many positions.