Because the NBA 2K23 Summer League enters the complete day phase of play, listed here are Friday’s Summer League Standouts from Las Vegas:
Moses Moody, Warriors
After coming off a championship, the Warriors are about to conduct a shift. Next season a portion of their rotation will belong to their younger core, and among the many oncoming talent is Moody, a second-year guard who had quite the debut in Vegas.
Moody produced 34 points against the Knicks and looked solid at each ends. This coming after a season of relatively limited motion: like Jonathan Kuminga, once the 2022 playoffs began, he was a victim of a numbers crunch because the Warriors leaned more toward Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II during their championship run.
Each veterans departed through free agency, leaving a minutes void that Golden State will try and fill next season with Kuminga, Moody and 2020 No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman. Unless, in fact, the Warriors package just a few of them in a trade, just in case a team — say, the Nets, for instance — are willing to take part in a blockbuster before next season.
Cam Thomas, Nets
There’s unrest inside the organization this summer (possibly you’ve heard?) but at the least the Nets received a little bit of assurance from one in every of their returning rotational players. Not that they were concerned about Thomas, who earned co-MVP honors during last 12 months’s Vegas run.
Once more, Thomas seemed beyond the competition talent-wise, putting up 31 points against the Bucks. Though he’s struggled from deep (1-6 3PM), Thomas scored 17 within the fourth quarter. He’ll must work on his range this summer; last season with the Nets the guard shot 27.0%.
As they take care of Kevin Durant’s trade demand and the uncertainty of Kyrie Irving, the Nets needed some excellent news — even when it didn’t involve one in every of their superstars — and Thomas delivered.
Marko Simonovic, Bulls
Hard to top what the young center did against the Mavericks: Simonovic scored 27 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks, tied the sport at the tip of regulation with a dunk after which hit the game-winning free throw in OT.
He played only nine games for Chicago last season (14 in case you include five for his or her G-League affiliate), but has worked on improving his body and low-post game. The problem for Simonovic, then, is whether or not today’s game has room for his prototype; he doesn’t exactly stretch the ground at barely two 3s a game. It’s as much as him to point out he belongs and may command minutes next season. That begins in Las Vegas.
Bennedict Mathurin, Pacers
After a slow start, the No. 6 pick looked comfortable in his skin — and an NBA summer league uniform, offering a glimpse of what he is likely to be able to doing on the subsequent level.
Mathurin scored 23 points in 20 minutes in a display that was nearly mistake-free (one turnover), showing the maturity that can serve him well as a rookie. At 6-foot-6, the Pacers aren’t sure where he’ll fit best, either guard or small forward, but that’s a call that may wait. Here in the summertime, he’ll flip between spots and drop hints.
Jaden Hardy, Mavericks
Draft night didn’t go as planned for Hardy, a G League Ignite guard who thought he’d go in the primary round, only to be disillusioned at falling to 37. He wasn’t the just one; some scouts also had him among the many top 30 picks. The Mavericks thought enough of him to swing a trade with the Kings, and here he’s.
Hardy channeled that angst to positive leads to his hometown — hailing from nearby Henderson — and finished with 28 points against the Bulls. He showed good aggression and clearly desired to make an impression.
Josh Minott, Timberwolves
Almost everyone on the Minnesota summer league team is working from a bonus if only since the Wolves surrendered multiple rotational players of their trade for Rudy Gobert. Subsequently, someone will probably work his solution to the roster in some form, and in that sense, Minott got a jump on the competition with a solid game against the Nuggets.
He scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, a pleasant night on the glass for an athletic small forward, and looked fluid. Minott was acquired from the Hornets on a draft-day trade; chosen with the forty fifth pick after playing college ball at Memphis, he’s hoping to make a long-lasting impression. Minott showed a pleasant shooting touch and numerous energy Friday, and it’s a little bit of surprise he had energy left after figuring out for 21 teams before the draft.
Scotty Pippen Jr., Lakers
The undrafted son of an all-time great managed to separate himself from the summer league pack in his Vegas debut, with 19 points against the Suns. Following the draft, Pippen signed a two-way contract with the Lakers, who’re anxious to see if he suits of their plans for the upcoming season.
Pippen, at 6-foot-3, isn’t as tall as his father, nor gifted with the identical supreme athletic genes, though he’s clever and sees the ground. Speaking of that, when he toppled to the ground Friday and into the primary row, none apart from LeBron James was there to assist him to his feet. In a best-case scenario this upcoming season, Pippen will repay the favor.
Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for greater than 25 years. You’ll be able to e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.
The views on this page don’t necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting.