The primary rule of the NBA summer time league is to by no means overrate the NBA summer time league. Samples are small, typically resulting in unreliable knowledge.
Solely three summer time league MVPS (awarded since 2006) have made an all-star group. Stephen Curry, the reigning NBA Finals MVP, shot 32.5% throughout his solely stint in the summertime league. And lately, the most effective gamers often sit out after two video games.
Nonetheless, the annual expo affords younger gamers an opportunity to make nice first (or second or third) impressions of NBA executives. The Huskers had 4 alumni — Bryce McGowens, Dalano Banton, James Palmer Jr. and Trey McGowens — aiming to impress in Las Vegas and Utah in latest weeks. Creighton had two in Ryan Hawkins and Alex O’Connell.
This is how they’ve fared over the previous few weeks:
Bryce McGowens, Charlotte Hornet:
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14.6 factors per recreation, 33.8% FG, 42.9% 3FG73.9% FT, 4 rebounds per recreation, 2.6 assists per recreation, 2.6 Turnovers per recreation.
McGowens shot 56.5% (13-23 photographs) in two good video games in Vegas and 21.4% (9-42 photographs) in his three worst. At his finest, he was splashing 3-point pull-ups from the dribble. After an inconsistent capturing season at Nebraska, McGowens shot 42.9 on 3 with the Hornets.
Conversely, he shot 10-37 (27%) p.c contained in the arch, the place physics turns into an element. Defenders sometimes knocked McGowens out of his driving path. He additionally pressured contested mid-range jumpers (a foul behavior that has adopted him since school). And he dedicated as many turnovers per recreation (2.6) as assists.
However at 19, McGowens has time to develop – and the Hornets are clearly invested in his progress. They traded to draft it; he led their summer time league group with 30.8 minutes per recreation, which ranked sixth amongst all summer time league gamers. And Charlotte generally requested him to dribble the pitch.
This means that the franchise is contemplating McGowens as a possible playmaker. He’ll seemingly tackle related tasks within the G-League, assuming that is the place he begins the season. Excellent news for a participant with a protracted street of growth forward of him.
Dalano Banton, Toronto Raptors:
16.3 factors per recreation, 5.3 rebounds per recreation, 4.3 assists per recreation, 2 steals per recreation, 4.8 turnovers per recreation. 46.8% FG, 46.2% 3FG (3.3 makes an attempt) 83.3% FT
Banton stays an intriguing prospect for the Raptors after a powerful summer time stint. The previous Husker led Toronto in factors, rebounds and steals per recreation in Vegas, and he tied Jeff Dowtin for the group chief in assists.
He is nonetheless too quick for gamers of his measurement and too massive for gamers of his velocity. His sweater additionally appears to be like smoother than he did in school, and Banton appears to be like extra assured pulling it. He did not draw back from doing 3 pull-ups within the 4 video games he performed with the Raptors. That is proper, 4. Banton rested of their final recreation. Toronto had seen sufficient.
The one flaw in Banton’s summer time league resume was turnovers. He is averaging 4.8 per recreation and has recorded not less than 4 in three of his 4 video games. Even his most showy statline — 21 factors, seven rebounds and 5 assists in opposition to the 76ers — featured seven turnovers.
Banton wants to repair these errors, however he is on a very good trajectory. He averaged 24.1 factors per recreation within the G-League final season and adopted that efficiency with a powerful summer time league. He appears to be like set for extra NBA enjoying time.
Trey McGowens, Los Angeles Clippers:
2 video games, 3.9 minutes per recreation. 0-1FG.
Unsure we realized something this week about McGowens, who received misplaced in a crowded Clippers again rotation. Guards Jason Preston, Brandon Boston, Jayden Scrubb and Xavier Moon have all performed not less than 22 minutes per recreation previous McGowens.
McGowens, nonetheless, ought to have extra alternatives to show himself as a professional. His father, Bobby, informed the World-Herald final month that McGowens promised himself an opportunity with G-League group Los Angeles earlier than the beginning of the summer time league.
It could assist if one (or extra) of Preston, Boston, Scrubb or Moon solidified roles with the Clippers or discovered offers elsewhere. McGowens wants skilled representatives.
James Palmer Jr, Utah Jazz:
8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg. 17/56 30.4% FG, 10/29 34.5% 3FG, 61.5% FT.
Palmer spent final season enjoying in Poland. This can be his finest answer.
The 6-foot-5 guard shot over 50 p.c as soon as within the six video games he performed in Vegas and Salt Lake Metropolis. He recorded extra turnovers (13) than assists.
When he left Nebraska, Palmer was a high-volume scorer who might create for his teammates. He cannot fill that position within the NBA, and he hasn’t flashed sufficient in two Summer season League stints to win one other one.
It might assist him refine his recreation in one other skilled league.
Alex O’Connell, Sacramento Kings:
6 factors per recreation, 4.4 rebounds per recreation, 0.8 assists per recreation. 41.4percentFG, 18.1percent3FG
O’Connell hasn’t shot properly in the summertime league, however his rebounding efforts can be famous. O’Connell solely performed quarter-hour per recreation in San Francisco and Las Vegas. He missed two of the Kings’ video games in Vegas and solely performed six minutes in one other.
Nonetheless, he was jostling after the boards. And he threw a vicious dunk within the Kings’ last summer time league recreation on Saturday on one in every of his patented backhand cuts. If O’Connell can strike a take care of the G-League and present his actual shot – he is solely fired 11 3-pointers in the summertime league – groups will take discover. Shooters all the time have an opportunity.
Ryan Hawkins, Toronto Raptors:
6.5 factors per recreation, 3 rebounds per recreation, 0.25 assists per recreation. 36percentFG, 33percent3FG.
Hawkins scored 11 factors and grabbed 9 rebounds within the Raptors’ Summer season League Finals on Sunday. However he is likely to be finest remembered for his late shootout in opposition to the Chicago Bulls final Tuesday.
The Raptors trailed by 19 factors with a minute left, and Hawkins splashed three straight 3-pointers, every deeper than the final. The final got here from the NBA brand.
That second will not earn Hawkins a camp contract, but it surely did remind groups of his vary and accuracy. Executives who witnessed it is going to bear in mind his transient collection of sizzling photographs. That is greater than most summer time league gamers can say.
Subsequent step for Hawkins: preserve capturing – within the G-League or in any other case. Stretch bigs are precious items within the NBA. Hawkins ought to get one other shot at enjoying in entrance of NBA scouts if he refines different elements of his recreation.
Ty-Shon Alexander, Charlotte Hornet:
9.6 factors per recreation, 2.1 rebounds per recreation, 1.9 assists per recreation. 32percentFG, 25.5percent3FG, 81percentFT
Alexander struggled to attain successfully with the Hornets, however he scored 22 factors in a double-overtime win over the Lakers, through which he hit the tying kick in regulation.
Alexander did most of his injury in opposition to the Lakers in transition — 3-point pull-ups and onerous drives — which inserts the fashion of the Bluejays. And he is confirmed to Creighton that he is a greater shooter than he confirmed in the summertime league. The Suns had been intrigued sufficient to signal Alexander in a two-way deal.
Alexander spent final season enjoying in Italy after Phoenix waived him. He has one 12 months left on his two-year contract.