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NBA 2K23 Summer League Standouts: Kings’ Keegan Murray shines on each ends of the ground


Sacramento’s Keegan Murray drops 29 points against Chet Holmgren and OKC in Wednesday’s Summer League matchup.

LAS VEGAS – Here’s a fast rundown of Wednesday’s top performances within the NBA 2K23 Summer League, which took place at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion:

Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings

Keegan Murray continues his impressive Summer League campaign with 29 points, seven rebounds and 4 steals against the Thunder.

Little doubt, Murray will encounter adversity during his rookie season even when he’s a legitimate No. 4 prospect. But at this point, almost every Summer-League performance has looked similar. As shown within the Kings’ 86-80 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Murray will rating a variety of points (29), shoot efficiently (9-for-17), grab some rebounds (seven) and make just a few steals (4).

It didn’t sit well with Murray that the Kings lost. But Sacramento’s defeat on Wednesday had little to do with him. His three turnovers were a by-product of being aggressive. Though Murray is hopeful that his strong play will actually translate into winning games within the regular season, no have to scrutinize that part in a Summer League matchup.

Sandro Mamukelashvili, Milwaukee Bucks

Sandro Mamukelashvili recorded a giant double-double (18 pts, 15 rebs) to guide Milwaukee to victory against Minnesota

It could have been a giant ask for Mamukelashvili to assume a heavy role at the start of last season when Brook Lopez nursed a back injury. However the Mamukelashvili appears able to assume greater than just spot minutes within the NBA. After becoming a point of interest with the G League’s Wisconsin Herd last season, the 6-foot-9 forward-center looks polished as a flexible big man.

Within the Bucks’ 87-75 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Mamukelashvili displayed his all-around game as a scorer (18 points), rebounder (15) and playmaker (4 assists). He appeared just as comfortable taking a 3 as he did with banging inside. And his confidence showed just the identical whether he was running the ground or running half-court sets.

Bryce McGowens, Charlotte Hornets

Irrespective of what he did with the ball, McGowens became a threat. He drained 3s with a soft touch and drove to the rack with aggressiveness.

Within the Hornets’ 91-80 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, McGowens’ comfort level showed as he recorded 24 points shooting 7-for-10 from the sphere. He was nearly perfect from deep (5-for-6) and from the free-throw line (5-for-6). McGowens recorded just one assist, but he didn’t force up too many shots.

The Hornets, who acquired the draft rights to McGowens, the fortieth overall pick, from Minnesota, signed the 6-foot-7 guard-forward two-way contract. So, expect McGowens to further develop his reps within the G League and the occasional NBA game next season.

Deividas Sirvydis, Latest Orleans Pelicans

Latest Orleans’ Deividas Sirvydis scored a game-high 25 points against Washington

Sirvydis looked like a seasoned vet with how he shot the ball, spaced the ground and ran up and down the court. The result? Within the Pelicans’ 106-88 win over the Washington Wizards, Sirvydis did all of it along with his efficient scoring (25 points on 9-for-17 from the sphere and 6-for-10 from deep) while adding five rebounds and two steals. 

Sirvydis’ NBA profession has not gone as planned for the reason that Detroit Pistons chosen him with the thirty seventh overall pick within the 2019 Draft.  After serving as a draft-and-stash and playing professionally in Israel, Sirvydis secured a three-year take care of Detroit only to get waived throughout the 2020-21 season. Since then, Sirvydis played with the Pistons’ G League affiliate in between a pair of 10-day contracts.

Though it’s potentially dangerous to take an excessive amount of from Summer League play, Sirvydis showed that he not less than deserves more opportunities to catch his big break.

D.J. Wilson, Toronto Raptors

Expect Wilson to be a component of the Raptors’ rotation.

Toronto signed him to a multi-year deal after serving three 10-day contracts this season. Wilson is a component of the Raptors’ Summer League team more for added reps than actual talent evaluation.

DJ Wilson was HOOPING in #NBASummer motion today 🌞🏀@Lanky_Smoove: 22 PTS, 9 REB, 3 3PM pic.twitter.com/l0kfDb4VPP

— NBA (@NBA) July 14, 2022

But Wilson sure looked sharp within the Raptors’ 80-74 win over the Utah Jazz. He had 22 points with a 7-for-12 clip and 3-for-6 mark from deep together with nine rebounds.

Matt Mitchell, Denver Nuggets

Matt Mitchell racks up 17 points with five 3-pointers in Denver’s wire-to-wire win against LA.

Mitchell could have earned himself a two-way contract with the Nuggets.

In Denver’s 80-75 win over the LA Clippers, Mitchell had 17 points while going 6-for-12 from the sphere and 5-for-10 from deep, while adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals. That performance captured why the Nuggets have been intrigued along with his big-man versatility as a shooter, post-up player, rim protector and more.

Mitchell played overseas in France last season after playing on San Antonio’s Summer League team in 2021. Before then, the 6-foot-6 small forward etched a productive four-year college profession at San Diego State. The common thread in any respect those stops: Mitchell received quality instruction to give attention to the basics. Denver will certainly value someone of Mitchell’s caliber next season as each a productive practice player and a body in case its training staff gets crowded.

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Mark Medina is a senior author/analyst for NBA.com. You possibly can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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