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July 15

Player of the Day

Brandon Clarke
Forward | Memphis Grizzlies
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
24 4/9 1/1 6/7 16 4 1 3 15 1
Ok, I’m officially a Brandon Clarke fan. This dude is so versatile on both sides of the ball and has such a high basketball IQ for a rookie, it really makes you wonder why he slipped so far in the draft. He was the Grizz’s best player this summer and he’s our pick for Summer League MVP as well. I can’t wait to watch him develop alongside Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson, Jr. over the next few years, wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if Memphis becomes the next Western Conference powerhouse.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 19 Kelan Martin Minnesota Timberwolves
REB 16 Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies
AST 8 Keenan Evans Memphis Grizzlies
STL 2 Keenan Evans Memphis Grizzlies
BLK 3 Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies
3PM 3 3 Players
FTM 6 Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies
+/- 20 Barry Brown, Jr. Minnesota Timberwolves

July 14

Player of the Day

Brandon Clarke
Forward | Memphis Grizzlies
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
24 7/10 0/2 9/11 14 2 0 1 24 5
Clarke had his best pro offensive outing so far, putting up 24 points on an efficient 7/10 shooting from the field and 9/11 from the line. He was setting monster screens and rolling hard to the rim all night and did so to get the go-ahead bucket in overtime as well. Memphis has played him at the five spot most of the summer, which could be a preview of what’s to come this season and if the Grizz are lucky, they could have just drafted the next Draymond Green.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 24 Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies
REB 14 2 Players
AST 8 Keenan Evans Memphis Grizzlies
STL 3 2 Players
BLK 3 Naz Reid Minnesota Timberwolves
3PM 3 3 Players
FTM 9 Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies
+/- 20 Canyon Barry Minnesota Timberwolves

July 13

Player of the Day

Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Guard | New Orleans Pelicans
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
31 9/21 5/12 11/14 5 5 4 0 34 5
NAW played the game of his life tonight and put the team on his back to overcome Miami in OT. He put up a monster 34/5/5 slash line and scored clutch buckets, free throws, and defensive stops to seal the game. I can’t wait to see Alexander-Walker develop this season… he’s got the physical tools and IQ to become a solid two-way point guard and should be given the keys to the Pels’ second-unit alongside Summer League teammate, Jaxson Hayes.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 34 Nickeil Alexander-Walker New Orleans Pelicans
REB 12 4 Players
AST 10 RJ Barrett New York Knicks
STL 4 Nickeil Alexander-Walker New Orleans Pelicans
BLK 3 5 Players
3PM 6 Carsen Edwards Boston Celtics
FTM 11 Nickeil Alexander-Walker New Orleans Pelicans
+/- 25 RJ Barrett New York Knicks

July 12

Player of the Day

Malik Newman
Guard | Cleveland Cavaliers
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
31 11/17 4/6 7/9 4 1 2 0 33 18
Newman didn’t seem to care that he was just playing in a consolation game today. He came out aggressive and put up a monster scoring performance that lifted the Cavs over the Kings in extra innings, putting up 33 points on 11/17 from the field and 4/6 from downtown. He almost single handedly won this one… he had the tying and go-ahead points in regulation (before the Kings tied it back up and sent it to overtime) and in the extra minutes, his clutch playmaking and scoring helped tip the game in Cleveland’s favor. Newman had himself a nice Summer League and it’d be cool to see a team throw him a two-way contract this season, I think he could be a solid backup for a developing team.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 33 Malik Newman Cleveland Cavaliers
REB 13 Alize Johnson Indiana Pacers
AST 11 Khadeen Carrington Oklahoma City Thunder
STL 5 Amine Noua Atlanta Hawks
BLK 3 4 Players
3PM 5 Kevin McClain Golden State Warriors
FTM 10 Chris Boucher Toronto Raptors
+/- 26 Elie Okobo Phoenix Suns

July 11

Player of the Day

Rui Hachimura
Forward | Washington Wizards
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
31 9/12 2/3 5/6 9 1 0 2 25 6
Midrange killa. Rui’s halfcourt game reminds me of a poor man’s Kawhi Leonard… calculated iso possessions that generally end with a strong drive to the rim or an open midrange pullup. I wasn’t thrilled with the Wiz taking him at 9 this year, thought they should have taken a flyer on Cam Reddish, but other than the opening game, he’s been solid for Washington this summer. He won’t be contending for rookie of the year, but I’m intrigued to see how his Summer League play will translate to the regular season. Washington should play him heavy minutes this year so he’ll get plenty of opportunity to prove me wrong.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 25 Rui Hachimura Washington Wizards
REB 16 Robert Williams Boston Celtics
AST 6 3 Players
STL 4 Gary Clark Houston Rockets
BLK 5 Wenyen Gabriel Sacramento Kings
3PM 4 4 Players
FTM 8 Mfiondu Kabengele Los Angeles Clippers
+/- 25 Grant Williams Boston Celtics

July 10

Player of the Day

Kevin Knox
Forward | New York Knicks
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
24 7/12 2/5 9/12 7 3 2 1 25 16
Amid all the RJ Barrett struggling-so-far-commotion, Kevin Knox has quietly put together a solid Summer League, averaging 17 points, 6 rebounds and just under a block and a steal per game. And tonight was his best one so far -- he came out aggressive from the get-go and got to the line early and often, going 9/12 in the game. He’s a streaky shooter, but he knocked down a pair of treys and a few smooth looking mid range jumpers that if he can hit consistently, will open up his game in all sorts of ways. Hopefully, he can keep this level of aggression and poise with him thru the summer and into the regular season… if so, we’ll be seeing more performances like this in his pivotal sophomore season.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 26 Nickeil Alexander-Walker New Orleans Pelicans
REB 17 2 Players
AST 10 Bruce Brown Detroit Pistons
STL 5 Antonius Cleveland Dallas Mavericks
BLK 5 Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks
3PM 4 3 Players
FTM 10 Elijah Bryant Milwaukee Bucks
+/- 26 2 Players

July 9

Player of the Day

Anfernee Simons
Guard | Portland Trailblazers
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
30 13/18 6/7 3/3 6 2 2 0 35 8
Simons could not miss today, going 13/18 from the field and 6/7 from three, putting up a Summer League-high 35 points. He’s been playing well all summer but he turned it up tonight and was hot right out of the gate. He did turn his ankle at the very end of the game, so it’ll be something Portland will have to monitor, but hopefully he won’t miss any time and can finish out the summer. With him and Clark Jr on the floor, Portland is one of the more dangerous teams out there and could make a deep run in the SL playoffs.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 35 Anfernee Simons Portland Trailblazers
REB 15 Amile Jefferson Orlando Magic
AST 10 Chris Chiozza Houston Rockets
STL 3 4 Players
BLK 4 Ray Spalding Phoenix Suns
3PM 7 Jordan Sibert Atlanta Hawks
FTM 8 2 Players
+/- 27 Jordan Sibert Atlanta Hawks

July 8

Player of the Day

Lonnie Walker IV
Forward | San Antonio Spurs
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
30 12/17 3/6 5/6 6 2 2 2 32 3
Walker was unconscious tonight, putting up a monster 32 points on 12/17 shooting. Nifty layups, fast-break dunks, midrange jumpers, stepback threes… this guy can score any way he wants and looks so poised and confident, like he knows no one in the Summer League can guard him. If he continues this level of play, he’ll walk away with the SL MVP award this year...

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 32 2 Players
REB 17 Kevin Harvey Oklahoma City Thunder
AST 10 Codi Miller-McIntyre Los Angeles Lakers
STL 5 Jiwei Zhao China
BLK 6 Daniel Gafford Chicago Bulls
3PM 7 Cameron Payne Dallas Mavericks
FTM 12 Jordan Caroline Los Angeles Lakers
+/- 31 2 Players

July 7

Player of the Day

Jacob Evans
Guard | Golden State Warriors
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
31 9/19 2/5 4/4 8 4 1 0 24 8
Evans was floating tonight. He had a Steph-esque performance in that he looked like he was going 50% but you look up and see that he put up a 24/8/4 statline by the end of the game. This is his second Summer League, so he has some experience over a lot of the competition, but damn does he look smooth. He was hitting floaters, tough layups, stepback jumpers… just looked like he was playing a bunch of highschoolers out there. He could lead the Warriors thru a deep Summer League run if he keeps playing the way he has been.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 31 Gary Trent, Jr. Portland Trailblazers
REB 14 Terance Mann Los Angeles Clippers
AST 8 2 Players
STL 5 Matt Mooney Atlanta Hawks
BLK 4 Bruno Fernando Atlanta Hawks
3PM 7 Gary Trent, Jr. Portland Trailblazers
FTM 9 Ben Moore San Antonio Spurs
+/- 23 Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies

July 6

Player of the Day

Isaiah Roby
Forward | Dallas Mavericks
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
25 6/11 1/4 1/1 7 3 2 2 14 34
The 45th pick of the draft, Isiah Roby, looked phenomenal tonight, putting up a 14/7/3 statline with 2 blocks and 2 steals. He had some nimble, athletic drives to the rim and skyed for some blocks on the other end, but what impressed me more than everything was his passing. He only had three assists on the statsheet but he was threading the needle and putting his teammates in position to score all night. That’s a hard skill to teach and being so young and having that court vision will bode well for him, should allow him to get some more playing time this year if Carlisle can rely on him for some second-unit playmaking.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 22 Jordan Sibert Atlanta Hawks
REB 15 Troy Brown, Jr. Washington Wizards
AST 10 Bruce Brown Detroit Pistons
STL 4 5 Players
BLK 3 4 Players
3PM 7 Chris Clemons Houston Rockets
FTM 10 Jordan Sibert Atlanta Hawks
+/- 36 Yuta Watanabe Memphis Grizzlies

July 5

Player of the Day

Daniel Gafford
Center | Chicago Bulls
MP FG 3P FT REB AST STL BLK PTS +/-
28 9/10 0/0 3/4 10 1 1 4 21 15
The big man from Arkansas had a hell of a Summer League debut, putting up a dominant double-double while protecting the rim on the other end, with four blocks. Just a ball of energy and outworked and outmuscled the Lakers all night. 
He’s listed at 6’11, 230lbs but moves really well, kind of reminds me of an Am’are Stoudemire or Shawn Marion… a great roll man on PnRs and willing to run the floor on both sides of the ball. I like what I saw tonight and think he can put together an impressive Summer League season if he continues to bring the same aggressiveness and grit every night.

Daily Leaders

Stat Value Player Team
PTS 30 Frank Jackson New Orleans Pelicans
REB 14 Zhelin Wang China
AST 8 Elijah Bryant Milwaukee Bucks
STL 5 Shaquille Harrison Chicago Bulls
BLK 5 Christ Koumadje Philadelphia 76ers
3PM 7 Khryi Thomas Detroit Pistons
FTM 11 2 Players
+/- 36 Tyler Herro Miami Heat

Rankings updated daily

Brandon Clarke
Brandon Clarke
Memphis Grizzlies | Forward
G PTS TRB AST STL BLK FG%
6 14.7 9.8 2.0 0.3 1.8 55
I was really surprised Clarke slipped to 21st in the draft this year and it looks like a lot of teams will be kicking themselves for not taking him earlier. His game is perfect for today’s NBA… he’s big and athletic, sets monster screens and rolls hard to the rim, can stretch the floor, and guard every position on defense. Memphis played him at the five spot most of the summer, which could be a preview of what’s to come this season… and if the Grizz are lucky, they could be looking at the next Draymond Green.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Nickeil Alexander-Walker
New Orleans Pelicans | Guard
G PTS TRB AST STL BLK FG%
4 24.3 4.8 6.0 2.8 0.8 41
The 17th pick of the draft, Alexander-Walker, is the perfect prototypical NBA point guard in 2019… he’s lengthy, can shoot, defend, and naturally run the pick and roll. And this summer, he’s been aggressive yet extremely poised for a rookie, really plays like a vet out there. He knows when to run the halcourt, push the pace, and even take over the game if he has to. I think NAW has All-Star potential and could prove to be the steal of the draft once all said and done.
Kendrick Nunn
Kendrick Nunn
Miami Heat | Forward
G PTS TRB AST STL BLK FG%
4 21.0 5.0 6.3 1.5 0.3 55
Kendrick Nunn’s G-League experience has been very apparent this summer, as he looks more skilled and polished than nearly everyone else on the court. He won’t blow you away with any one thing, but he does everything well, kind of a jack-of-all-trades type. He stuffed the stat sheet in his four games, averaging over 20 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds per game on 55% shooting.
Bruce Brown
Bruce Brown
Detroit Pistons | Guard
G PTS TRB AST STL BLK FG%
4 13.5 8.0 8.3 1.3 1.5 41
Brown saw some solid minutes in his debut season last year and that experience translated real well for him in the Summer League. His court awareness is a step above everyone else right now as seen in his 8 assists per game.
More impressively, though, is his command over the pick and roll… he can shoot, drive or pass once the screen comes, keeping the defense guessing. The Pistons don’t have any star guards right now, so look for Dwayne Casey to give Brown plenty of opportunity in his sophomore campaign this season.
Mitchell Robinson
Mitchell Robinson
New York Knicks | Center
G PTS TRB AST STL BLK FG%
5 13.8 10.6 0.2 0.6 3.4 85
There are other players who put up better numbers this summer, but none have the same presence as Mitchell Robinson. His 7’4” wingspan allows him to catch and throw down any lob that comes his way and alter every shot within arms reach on defense. With all the hype surrounding RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox heading into the Summer League, Robinson was the Knicks’ best, most consistent player by far this summer. He’s so fun to watch and I’m looking forward to seeing him improve and get more playing time this season as well.