Sunday, December 23, 2018

Hicks closes Winter Showcase in style

Hicks hoopin'
Stephan Hicks scored 19 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished three assists in 30 minutes to earn the Hoop Obsession Player of the Day nod for the final day of action at the G-League Winter Showcase. Hicks' Fort Wayne Mad Ants defeated the South Bay Lakers 100-97. Hicks, a 6'6" 200 lb., wing from Cal-State Northridge made eight of his 15 field goal attempts. Hicks went undrafted in 2015. He is 26 years-old. 

Joining Hicks as standouts on Saturday (December 22, 2018)...

Richard Solomon - Oklahoma City. 15 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds., 2 steals, 3 blks. in 21 minutes. 

Wille Reed - Salt Lake City. 12 points (6-7 FG), 8 rebounds., 3 assists, 3 blks, in 22 minutes. 

Harry Giles III - Stockton. 21 points (9-16 FG, 3-3 3-pt.), 8 rebounds, 3 assists in 21 minutes. 

Christian Wood - Wisconsin. 34 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3-pt, 14-17 FT), 9 rebounds, 5 blks. in 38 minutes. 

Alex Caruso - South Bay. 19 points (8-10 FG, 2-4 3-pt., 1-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 3 blks. in 30 minutes. 

Alize Johnson - Fort Wayne. 16 points(6-15 FG, 4-7 3-pt.), 22 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, in 37 minutes. 

Cam Oliver - Delaware. 23 points (9-15 FG, 0-2 3=pt, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds, 3 steals in 33 minutes. 

Kalin Lucas - Stockton. 20 points (7-16 FG, 4-6 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 12 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals in 28 minutes. 

Gary Payton II - Rio Grande Valley. 14 points (7-16 FG, 0-2 3-pt.), 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals in 35 minutes. 

Deonte Burton - Oklahoma City. 21 points (9-15 FG, 2-5 3-pt., 1-1 FT), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blks., in 30 minutes. 

Troy Williams - Stockton. 13 points (4-9 FG, 2-6 3-pt., 3-4 FT), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals in 23 minutes. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Stokes super strong Friday

The third day of the 2018 NBA G-League Winter Showcase was a personal showcase for Jarnell Stokes. The rugged BIG for the Sioux Fall SkyForce only missed three field goal attempts, going 11-14 FG, and 2-2 FT for 24 points in 27 minutes. He also grabbed nine rebounds. The SkyForce cracked the Maine Red Claws 114-94. 

Other standout players on day three of the Showcase included...

Raphael Putney  - Sioux Falls. 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 22 minutes. 

Angel Delgado - Agua Caliente. 13 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 blocked shots in 27 minutes.

Jordan Loyd - Raptors 905. 33 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 7 steals in 39 minutes. 

Chimezie Metu - Austin. 24 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists in 29 minutes. 

CJ Fair - Windy City. 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocked shots in 35 minutes. 

Scotty Hopson - Oklahoma City. 20 points, 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. 

Jordan Siebert - Erie. 34 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals in 39 minutes. 

Lavoy Allen - Capital City. 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 29 minutes. 

Abdul Gaddy - Oklahoma City. 10 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals in 29 minutes. 

Jordan McRae - Capital City. 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals in 37 minutes. 

Deonte Burton - Oklahoma City. 16 points, 3 rebounds in 23 minutes. 


Thursday, December 20, 2018

G-League Winter Showcase, Onuaku shines on day two

Onuaku schooled on day 2. 
Chinanu Onuaku was the most efficient player on a winning team during play on day two of the NBA G-League Winter Showcase. Onuaku scored 17 points (6-8 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 5-7 FT), grabbed 16 rebounds, dished four assists, and added two steals in 27 minutes. His Greensboro Swarm defeated the South Bay Lakers 106-90. 

Joining Onuaku on the Hoop Obsession All G-League Showcase Team for day two...

Christian Wood - Wisconsin. 35 points (11-18 FG, 0-4 3-pt., 13-16 FT), 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocked shots in 39 minutes. 

Cam Oliver - Delaware. 23 points (8-12 FG, 1-4 3-pt., 6-9 FT), 12 rebounds, 2 assists in 28 minutes. 

Harry Giles III - Stockton. 20 points (9-17 FG, 2-3 3-pt., 0-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 2 steals, in 23 minutes. 

Kalin Lucas - Stockton. 20 points (8-14 FG, 3-5 3-pt., 1-1 FT), 6 assists, 3 rebounds in 22 minutes. 

Jordan McLaughlin - Long Island. 32 points (11-21 FG, 3-9 3-pt., 7-7 FT), 8 assists,  6 steals in 38 minutes. 

Jarnell Stokes - Sioux Falls. 23 points (9-15 FG, 1-2 3-pt., 4-5 FT), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 5 blocked shots in 36 minutes. 

Dusty Hannahs - Memphis. 26 points (9-17 FG, 4-7 3-pt., 4-4 FT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals in 32 minutes. 

Gabe York - Lakeland. 22 points (8-15 FG, 2-7 3-pt., 4-5 FT), 6 rebounds, 5 assists in 31 minutes. 

Damion Lee - Santa Cruz. 22 points (8-14 FG, 1-5 3-pt., 4-6 FT), 5 rebounds, 5 assists in 29 minutes. 

Alize Johnson - Fort Wayne. 16 points (8-14 FG 0-1 FT), 14 rebounds, 7 assists in 43 minutes. 

Emanuel Terry - Canton. 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 FT) 12 rebounds, 3 blocked shots in 24 minutes. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Humphries goes nuts on opening day of G-League Winter Showcase

Hump day star
Isaac Humphries was the most efficient player during the first day of play in the G-League Winter Showcase. Humphries scored 34 points (15-21 FG, 3-6 3-pt., 1-2 FT), grabbed 15 rebounds, and blocked five shots in 31 minutes. His Erie Bayhawks handled the Texas Legends 124-107. Humphries is a 20 year-old BIG that was Rookie of the Year in the Australian NBL last season. He went undrafted in 2017 after playing at Kentucky. 

This year, the Showcase is being held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. There were eight games contested Wednesday. Joining Humphries on the Hoop Obsession All G-League Winter Showcase Team for day one...

Angel Delgado - Agua Caliente Clippers. 17 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals in 32 minutes.

John Jenkins - Westchester Knicks. 30 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals in 36 minutes.

Yuta Watanabe - Memphis Hustle. 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocked shots in 35 minutes.

Tyler Harvey - Memphis Hustle. 28 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals in 35 minutes.

Chris Chiozza - Capital City Go-Go. 19 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, in 35 minutes.

C.J. Williams - Iowa Wolves. 19 points, 12 rebounds in 33 minutes.

Darius Johnson-Odom - Iowa Wolves. 27 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds in 38 minutes.

CJ Fair - Windy City Bulls. 19 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 5 blocked shots in 38 minutes.

Jamel Artis - Agua Caliente Clippers. 18 points, 7 rebounds in 30 minutes.

Aaron Epps - Northern Arizona Suns. 13 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 25 minutes.

D.J. Stephens - Memphis Hustle. 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocked shots in 29 minutes. 








Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Swanigan helps keep Blazers unbeaten

Biggie has one more chance Tuesday
Caleb Swanigan was the most efficient player across the two NBA Summer League semifinal games played Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Portland BIG man scored 21 points (9-13 FG, 1-1 3-pt., 2-3 FT), and snatched 16 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Blazers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 97-92. Portland will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the Summer League championship game Tuesday evening. The Lakers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-109 in double overtime. 

Joining Swanigan on the Hoop Obsession All NBA Summer League Team for July 16, 2018...

Josh Hart - Lakers. 37 points (13-28 FG, 6-15 3-pt., 5-8 FT) , 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. 

Kobi Simmons - Grizzlies. 23 points (6-15 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 10-12 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 steals in 28 minutes. 

Svi Mykhailiuk - Lakers. 31 points (12-20 FG, 6-11 3-pt., 1-2 FT), 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. 

Jeff Ayres - Lakers. 20 points (6-8 FG, 8-9 FT), 5 rebounds, 3 assists in 35 minutes. 

Zach Collins - Blazers. 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocked shots in 28 minutes. 

Brandon Goodwin - Grizzlies. 27 points (9-20 FG, 3-10 3-pt., 6-7 FT), 3 assists in 28 minutes. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Jenkins leads Blazers to semi-finals

Jenkins earned post game TV time.
John Jenkins, a 6'4", 27 year-old shooting guard, was the most efficient player during action Sunday in the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Jenkins scored 25 points, in 21 minutes, on exceptional shooting as the Portland Trailblazers beat the Boston Celtics 95-80. He made nine of 12 field goals, including three of four from beyond the three-point line. Jenkins also made all four of his free throw attempts. Jenkins was a first round NBA Draft pick in 2012. He last played in the Spanish ACB League. ...Teams advancing to the semi-finals of the Summer League tournament included Portland, Memphis, Cleveland, and the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Joining Jenkins on the Hoop Obsession All-Summer League Team for Sunday, July 15, 2018...  

Chris Boucher - Toronto. 18 points (7-14 FG, 0-3 3-pt., 4-4 FT), 8 rebounds, 4 blocked shots in 23 minutes. 

Josh Hart - Lakers. 18 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 3-pt., 5-5 FT), 4 assists, 2 steals in 21 minutes. 

Svi Mykhailiuk - Lakers. 19 points (7-15 FG, 2-5 3-pt., 3-4 FT), 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. 

Zach Collins - Portland. 11 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 1-1 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots in 24 minutes. 

Nick King - Lakers. 10 points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3-pt., 4-4 FT), 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. 

Hassan Martin - Boston. 16 points (5-8 FG, 6-6 FT), 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. 

Wade Baldwin IV - Portland. 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 1-2 FT), 10 assists in 28 minutes. 

Kobi Simmons - Memphis. 15 points (3-10 FG, 1-2 3-pt., 8-8 FT), 7 assists in 28 minutes. 

Henry Ellenson - Detroit. 22 points (5-16 FG, 2-7 3-pt., 10-11 FT), 4 rebounds, 5 assists in 32 minutes. 

Furkan Korkmaz - Philadelphia. 18 points (7-17 FG, 4-9 3-pt.), 5 rebounds, 3 assists in 23 minutes. 

Johnathan Williams - Lakers. 8 points (4-7 FG), 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. 


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Vegas day nine. Alkins keys Raptors win.

Alkins drives. 
Rawle Alkins was the most efficient player on a winning team during play Saturday in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Playing for the Toronto Raptors summer squad, Alkins had 25 points (10-16 FG, 5-7 3-pt.) and eleven rebounds in 27 minutes. The Raptors advanced to the quarter-finals of the Summer League tournament with a 87-84 overtime win against the Charlotte Hornets. ...Alkins went undrafted three weeks ago. The 6'4", 217 lb. guard played just two seasons at Arizona, leaving after his sophomore campaign. 

Joining Alkins on the Hoop Obsession All NBA Las Vegas Summer League Team for Saturday July 14, 2018...

Christian Wood - Milwaukee. 27 points (10-15 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 6-9 FT), 12 rebounds, 5 blocked shots in 29 minutes. 

Javon Carter - Memphis. 26 points (11-22 FG, 1-4 3-pt., 3-4 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals in 29 minutes. 

Danuel House - Houston. 30 points (10-20 FG, 5-11 3-pt., 5-8 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals in 29 minutes. 

Jaren Jackson Jr. - Memphis. 9 points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3-pt., 2-4 FT), 9 rebounds, 7 blocked shots in 24 minutes. 

Georges Niang - Utah. 18 points (7-16, 2-6 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 9 rebounds, 5 assists in 28 minutes. 

Joe Chealey - Charlotte. 14 points (5-10 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 3-3 FT), 9 rebounds, 4 assists in 28 minutes. 

Pierria Henry - Boston. 15 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 3-pt., 3-7 FT), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in 25 minutes. 

Furkan Korkmaz - Philadelphia. 19 points (6-13 FG, 2-5 3-pt., 5-6 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 steals in 25 minutes. 

Jonah Bolden - Philadelphia. 13 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3-pt., 2-4 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 steals in 23 minutes. 

Landry Nnoko - Miami. 5 points (2-2 FG, 1-2 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 steals in 20 minutes. 

Chris Boucher - Toronto. 7 points (1-5 FG, 0-2 3-pt., 5-6 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots in 24 minutes. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kaba dominates on "consolation day"

Alpha was top dog Friday
The second Friday of play in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League is annually a day for the hardest of the hard core basketball fans. All the teams playing Friday had already been eliminated from championship contention. As such, the majority of teams go DEEP into their roster to give the underdog prospects one last chance to shine. 

Alpha Kaba, who was receiving minimal minutes before Friday, took his opportunity to play over half of the game (24 minutes), and he responded with a big performance. Kaba scored 14 points (4-9 FG, 6-8 FT), grabbed 15 rebounds, and had three assists, two steals, and four blocked shots in the Atlanta Hawks 97-81 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Kaba is a 6'10", 22 year-old Center from France that was the last selection (pick 60) in the 2017 NBA Draft. He played in France in 2017-18. 

Joining Kaba on the Hoop Obsession All NBA Las Vegas Summer League Team for July 13th, 2018...

Javonte Green - Phoenix. 20 points (8-11 FG, 2-4 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 2 steals in 21 minutes. 

Henry Sims - Indiana. 21 points (7-11 FG, 2-3 3-pt., 5-6 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 22 minutes. 

C.J. Wilcox - Indiana. 22 points (7-9 FG, 6-8 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 2 steals in 26 minutes. 

Deonte Burton - Oklahoma City. 17 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3-pt., 4-6 FT), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals in 26 minutes. 

Daniel Ochefu - New York. 22 points (9-14 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 4-4 FT), 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. 

Garlon Green - New Orleans. 23 points (8-9 FG, 2-2 3-pt., 5-6 FT), 3 assists in 28 minutes. 

Shaquille Harrison - Phoenix. 13 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocked shots in 27 minutes. 

Tyrius Walker - New York. 16 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 3-pt., 4-6 FT), 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals in 26 minutes. 

Tyler Davis - Brooklyn. 19 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3-pt., 2-4 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 25 minutes. 

Anthony Brown - Sacramento. 17 points (8-17 FG, 0-2 3-pt., 1-1 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 steals in 26 minutes. 

Troy Brown Jr. - Washington. 25 points (10-21 FG, 2-6 3-pt., 3-3 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals in 34 minutes. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jarrod Jones lights it up on day seven

Jones has NBA talent.
The seventh day of play in the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League was highlighted by Jarrod Jones' outstanding statistical performance. In the Miami Heat's 110-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, Jones exploded for 31 points, with eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 31 minutes. Jones is a 28 year-old free agent that played at Ball State. He went undrafted in 2012. Jones played professionally in Turkey last season. 

Joining Jones on the daily Hoop Obsession All NBA Las Vegas Summer League Team...

Cheick Diallo - New Orleans. 28 points (9-12 FG, 10-10 FT), 13 rebounds in 32 minutes. 

Mitchell Robinson - New York. 17 points (8-10 FG, 1-3 FT), 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 6 blocked shots in 27 minutes. 

Markel Crawford - Memphis. 21 points (8-10 FG, 3-4 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 steals in 24 minutes. 

Wade Baldwin IV - Portland. 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 3-pt., 2-3 FT), 6 rebounds, 8 assists in 22 minutes. 

Yante Maten - Miami. 19 points (8-14 FG, 0-2 3-pt., 3-3 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 22 minutes. 

Jake Layman - Portland. 20 points (8-13 FG, 4-5 3-pt.), 5 rebounds, 2 steals in 24 minutes. 

Isaiah Miles - Philadelphia. 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-8 3-pt.), 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. 

Christian Wood - Milwaukee. 26 points )12-21 FG, 2-3 3-pt., 0-3 FT), 15 rebounds in 33 minutes. 

Svi Mykhailiuk - Lakers. 15 points (5-7 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 4-4 FT), 4 assists in 24 minutes. 

Askia Booker - Philadelphia. 11 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3-pt., 1-2 FT), 7 rebounds, 6 assists in 21 minutes. 

Derrick Walton Jr. - Miami. 15 points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 6-9 FT), 5 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals in 29 minutes. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Vegas day six, Delgado delightful

Delgado does it big Wednesday
Angel Delgado, an undrafted rookie from Seton Hall, led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 89-74 win over the Washington Wizards, Wednesday at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Delgado scored 14 points (7-9 FG, 0-2 FT) with ten rebounds and five steals in 23 minutes. Wednesday marked the first day of tournament play in the Summer League. Other winning teams included: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, and Toronto, 

Delgado is joined on the The Hoop Obsession All-NBA Summer League Team for day six (July 11, 2018) by...

Collin Sexton - Cleveland. 25 points (9-15 FG, 0-2 3-pt., 7-9 FT), 4 rebounds, 7 assists in 25 minutes. 

Tyler Dorsey - Atlanta. 24 points (8-16 FG, 6-10 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in 31 minutes. 

Chandler Hutchison - Chicago. 16 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3-pt., 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals in 34 minutes. 

Chris Boucher - Toronto. 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3-pt.), 6 rebounds, 6 blocked shots in 22 minutes. 

Antonio Blakeney - Chicago. 28 points (7-13 FG, 4-8 3-pt., 10-10 FT), 4 assists in 31 minutes. 

Milton Doyle - Brooklyn. 21 points (6-15 FG, 0-3 3-pt., 9-9 FT), 6 assists, 2 steals in 23 minutes. 

Miles Bridges - Charlotte. 17 points (6-15 FG, 1-4 3-pt., 4-4 FT), 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. 

Devin Robinson - Washington. 26 points (9-13 FG, 2-3 3-pt., 6-9 FT), 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. 

Zhou Qi - Houston. 17 points (5-6 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 7-12 FT), 7 rebounds, 3 blocked shots in 22 minutes. 

Bruce Brown - Detroit. 15 points (6-13 FG, 1-2 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals in 32 minutes. 

Willy Hernangomez - Charlotte. 18 points (7-11 FG, 2-3 3-pt., 2-4 FT), 13 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 26 minutes. 

Adebayo best on day five.

Bam had 24 Tuesday. 
Bam Adebayo was the most efficient player (per minute) during play Tuesday at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. The second-year BIG for the Miami Heat scored 24 points (5-13 FG, 14-16 FT), grabbed nine rebounds, snared two steals, and blocked two shots in 23 minutes. The Heat beat the Utah Jazz 98-90. ...Adebayo is a 6'10" pivot that will turn 21 years-old next week. 

Joining Adebayo on the daily Hoop Obsession All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League team for day five (July 10, 2018)...

Wendell Carter Jr. - Chicago. 23 points (9-13 FG, 1-1 3-pt., 4-4 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 27 minutes. 

Jaylen Adams - Atlanta. 23 points (8-12 FG, 5-7 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. 

Josh Hart - Lakers. 27 points (8-16 FG, 4-12 3-pt., 7-10 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals in 28 minutes. 

Jeff Ayres - Lakers. 17 points (7-7 FG, 3-3 FT), 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. 

Allonzo Trier - New York. 21 points (8-13, 1-3 3-pt., 4-7 FT), 10 rebounds, 5 assists in 30 minutes. 

Mitchell Robinson - New York. 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots in 26 minutes. 

Ike Nwamu - Miami. 18 points (7-14 FG, 3-9 3-pt., 1-1 FT), 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. 

Frank Mason - Sacramento. 10 points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3-pt., 3-4 FT), 13 assists in 26 minutes. 

Jake Layman - Portland. 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. 

Raphiael Putney - San Antonio. 9 points (4-6 FG, 1-3 3-pt.), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals in 20 minutes. 

Anthony Brown - Sacramento. 11 points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists in 26 minutes. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dozier stands out on day four in Vegas

Dozier was efficient Monday
P.J. Dozier was the most efficient player on a winning team, Monday during the fourth day of NBA Las Vegas Summer League games. The 6'6", 21 year-old, second year wing from South Carolina helped the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 92-82 victory over the hapless summer version of the Toronto Raptors. Dozier had 17 points (7-11 FG, 2-2 3-pt., 1-2 FT), six rebounds, and three assists in just 20 minutes. 

Joining Dozier on the Hoop Obsession All-NBA Las Vegas Summer League team for July 9, 2018...

Chris McCullough - Philadelphia. 20 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 4-5 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 assists in 22 minutes. 

Vince Hunter - Clippers. 20 points (7-8 FG, 6-8 FT), 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. 

DeAnthony Melton - Rockets. 26 points (9-16 FG, 5-10 3-pt., 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals in 32 minutes. 

Rashawn Thomas - Oklahoma City. 17 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 7-9 FT), 12 rebounds in 23 minutes. 

Monte Morris - Denver. 20 points 8-15 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 3-3 FT), 6 rebounds, 8 assists in 28 minutes. 

Thomas Bryant - Washington. 16 points (5-11 FG, 0-3 3-pt., 6-6 FT), 12 rebounds, 2 blocked shots. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Clippers. 25 points (12-21 FG, 0-2 3-pt., 1-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals in 28 minutes. 

DeAndre Ayton - Phoenix. 17 points (6-10 FG, 0-0 3pt., 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. 

Cedi Osman - Cleveland. 25 points (9-18 FG, 2-8 3-pt., 5-5 FT), 6 rebounds, 6 assists in 31 minutes. 

Sterling Brown - Milwaukee. 27 points (11-18 FG, 2-6 3-pt., 3-4 FT), 7 rebounds, 3 assists in 30 minutes. 

Vince Edwards - Houston. 20 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. 

Seven players that played over 20 minutes, across the ten Monday games, had daily efficiency ratings of either "zero" or "minus". The seven who struggled Monday: Askia Booker, Troy Caupain, Melvin Frazier, Josh Jackson, Furkan Korkmaz, Zhaire Smith, and Theo Pinson. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Vegas day three; Layman stars as Blazers roll

Jake Layman scored 23 points (9-14 FG, 4-5 3-pt., 1-1 FT), added four rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots in just 20 minutes Sunday as the Portland Trailblazers kept the Atlanta Hawks 0-for-the-summer with a decisive 85-68 victory. Layman was the 47th pick overall in 2016. He has appeared in 70 NBA contests over the course of his first two seasons. The 6'9" forward has a nice combination of athletic ability and an improving shooting stroke. 

Jake. From Portland. 
Joining Layman on the Hoop Obsession All-NBA Summer League Team for day three (July 8, 2018)...

Johnathan Motley - Dallas. 20 points (8-10 FG 4-6 FT), 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. 

Marcus Derrickson - Golden St. 23 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3-pt., 5-7 FT), 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. 

Mitchell Robinson - New York. 12 points (6-8 FG), 11 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 22 minutes. 

Willy Hernangomez - Charlotte. 22 points (10-18 FG, 1-4 3-pt., 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. 

Sindarius Thornwell - Clippers. 22 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3-pt., 5-7 FT), 6 rebounds, 4 assists in 26 minutes. 

Wade Baldwin - Portland. 7 points (3-7 FG, 1-1 3-pt.), 10 assists, 2 steals in 24 minutes. 

Georges Niang - Utah. 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 steals in 28 minutes. 

Jaron Blossomgame - San Antonio. 22 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3-pt., 5-5 FT), 9 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 31 minutes. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Clippers. 21 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 4-6 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 steals in 26 minutes. 

Troy Brown - Washington. 21 points (8-17 FG, 0-4 3-pt., 5-6 FT), 12 rebounds, 3 steals in 31 minutes. 

R.J. Hunter - Houston. 24 points (8-14 FG, 5-11 3-pt., 3-3 FT) in 25 minutes. 

It is extremely difficult to make the Hoop Obsession daily All-Summer League team. With ten games per day, and only 12 spots on our daily "best of", many excellent performances go unmentioned. 

If we added a "second team" for Sunday's games, the players on it would include: Thomas Bryant, De'Anthony Melton, Jonathan Stark, Dorian Finney-Smith, Jonathan Isaac, Jordan Loyd, Rashad Vaughn, Justin Jackson, Keita Bates-Diop, Landry Nnoko, Diamond Stone, and Travis Trice. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Vegas day two, Bluiett achieves

The second day of play in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League wrapped up with Trevon Bluiett of the New Orleans Pelicans having the best efficiency rating (per minute). Bluiett came off the bench to score 26 points (10-14 FG, 6-10 3-pt.), and grab three rebounds in 21 minutes as the Pels blew out the Miami Heat 110-84. Bluiett went undrafted in 2018 after playing four years at Xavier. 

Bluiett gets post game interview
Bluiett is joined on the Hoop Obsession All-Summer League Team for day two by...

Duncan Robinson - Miami. 18 points (7-10 FG, 4-6 3-pt., 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. 

Walt Lemon Jr. - New Orleans. 19 points (7-11 FG, 2-3 3-pt., 3-3 FT), 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocked shots in 27 minutes. 

Ante Zizic - Cleveland. 25 points (11-14 FG, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. 

DeAndre Ayton - Phoenix. 21 points (8-11 FG, 5-5 FT), 12 rebounds in 29 minutes. 

Svi Mykhailiuk - Lakers. 17 points (6-11 FG, 4-8 3-pt., 1-2 FT), 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. 

Wendell Carter - Bulls. 16 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 3-pt, 2-2 FT), 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 blocked shots in 29 minutes. 

Caleb Swanigan - Blazers. 11 points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3-pt., 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds, 5 assists in 27 minutes. 

Jarrod Jones - Miami. 15 points (6-15 FG, 0-4 3-pt., 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds in 23 minutes. 

Theo Pinson - Brooklyn. 16 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3-pt., 3-3 FT), 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots in 26 minutes. 

Josh Hart - Lakers. 24 points (9-15 FG, 4-8 3-pt., 2-3 FT), 3 assists in 26 minutes. 

Trae Young - Atlanta. 21 points (4-12 FG, 3-9 3-pt., 10-12 FT), 11 assists in 33 minutes. 

It was a rough day for three players that played over 20 minutes but fell into the "zero" or, even worse, "minus" category. Those three were: Josh Jackson, Terrance Ferguson, and Dragan Bender. 

If you wonder what one of those stat lines might look like...

Terrance Ferguson - 2 points (1-8 FG, 0-6 3-pt., 0-0 FT), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 turnovers, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot in 27 minutes.

Kork pops in Vegas

Furkan Korkmaz scored 40 points (10-18 FG, 8-14 3-pt., 12-15 FT) on his way to being the most efficient player of the day Friday in the opening action of the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Korkmaz added six rebounds and two assists in his 28 minutes. The Philadelphia 76'ers wing was the 26th player taken in the first round of the NBA Draft in 2016. Korkmaz is 6'7", 185 lbs., 20 years old. He is from Turkey. 

Furkan amazing.
Joining Korkmaz on the Hoop Obsession All-NBA Summer League Team for July 6th...

Rashawn Thomas - Oklahoma City. 23 points (10-16 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 3-3 FT), 4 steals, 2 blocked shots in 24 minutes. 

Christian Wood - Milwaukee.  (Full stats not available)

Isaiah Hartenstein - Houston. 12 points (3-5 FG, 6-9 FT), 11 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 blocked shots in 25 minutes. 

Dakari Johnson - Oklahoma City. 20 points (7-14 FG, 6-8 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 assists. 3 steals in 25 minutes. 

Troy Caupain - Orlando. 22 points (10-15 FG, 1-6 3-pt., 1-1 FT), 3 rebounds in 24 minutes. 

Kendrick Nunn - Golden State. 18 points (5-10 FG, 4-7 3-pt., 4-6 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 steals in 27 minutes. 

Jalen Jones - Dallas. 16 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 3-pt., 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. 

Davon Reed - Phoenix. 18 points (7-8 FG, 4-5 3-pt., 0-2 FT), 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 25 minutes. 

Tyler Lydon - Denver. 7 points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3-pt, 2-2 FT), 7 rebounds, 3 assists in 21 minutes. 

Codi Miller-McIntyre - Toronto. 9 points (4-9 FG, 0-2 3-pt., 1-2 FT), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocked shots in 21 minutes. 

Aaron Holiday - 23 points (9-15 FG, 3-6 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals in 31 minutes. 

It was a tough day for way too many players. Call it opening day jitters or call it what you want but we have not seen a day previously with so many players at either "zero efficiency" or worse yet, a "minus efficiency." 

Players who played at least 20 minutes and had a "zero efficiency": Khyri Thomas (Detroit), Tim Quarterman (Milwaukee), TJ Leaf (Indiana), Jalen Brunson (Dallas), Dorian Finney-Smith (Dallas), Carick Felix (Washington), and Jacob Evans (Golden State). 

Players that were in the dreaded "minus efficiency" category: DeAnthony Melton (Houston), Rodney Purvis (Orlando), Malcolm Miller (Toronto), Malachi Richardson (Toronto), and John Holland (Cleveland).