NBA Summer League Day 1 Reactions

For those NBA fans out there with an insatiable thirst for all things basketball, look no further, Summer League is here.

Though Summer League might just be a glorified pick up game. It does give fans a microscopic glimpse into their team’s future. With that said, let’s take a quick look at the results of the four games that were played today.

Atlanta Hawks 88 Memphis Grizzlies 103

The Good

  • Jaren Jackson Jr 29 points going 8-13 from three point range, +16 in 23 minutes
  • Memphis shot 13-25 from 3 point range, a 52% clip
  • Trae Young scored 16 points
  • Omari Spellman scored 11 points
  • Kobi Simmons scored 21 points

The Bad

  • Trae Young 4-20 on field goals, 1-11 from 3 point range, -17 in 29 minutes, 3 assists in 29 minutes
  • Jaren Jackson Jr 3 rebounds in 23 minutes
  • Atlanta 22.5 3pt%
  • Memphis Grizzlies 57.1 ft%

San Antonio Spurs 76 Utah Jazz 92

The Good

  • Grayson Allen 11 pts, 8 rebounds, 7 assists
  • Derrick White 22 points, 6 assists
  • Tony Bradly 11 pts 11 rebounds
  • Utah shot a 45.3 3PT%
  • San Antonio had 8 blocks
  • Amida Brimah went to UConn
  • Amida Brimah has a cool name

The Bad

  • Lonnie Walker 3-16 on fgs ,1-6 from 3
  • San Antonio 24.0 3PT%
  • Lonnie Walker -19 in 24 minutes
  • Grayson Allen 2-6 from 3
  • San Antonio scored 76 points

Miami Heat 68 Golden State Warriors 79

The Good

  • Bam Adebayo 14 points, 14 rebounds
  • Derrick Jones Jr 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4-5 from 3PT range
  • Kendrick Nunn 19 points, 11 rebounds
  • Nuni Omot +20
  • Jordan Howard 12 points, +17
  • Golden State 10 steals
  • Miami scored 68 points
  • Golden State scored 79 points

The Bad

  • Golden State 30.8 3PT%
  • Miami 22.6 3PT%
  • Derrick Walton Jr 0-9 from 3PT range
  • Rashad Vaughn -16
  • Jordan Bell 4 points

Here’s the Link to the highlights.

LA Lakers 93 Sacramento Kings 98

The Good

  • Marvin Bagley III 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • De’Aaron Fox 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals
  • Svi Mykhailiuk 15 points, 3-6 from 3
  • Moritz Wagner 23 points, 7 rebounds
  • Josh Hart 23 points, 4-7 from 3
  • Xavier Rathan-Mayes 12 assists
  • Harry Giles 13 points
  • Frank Mason III 16 points, 9 assists

The Bad

  • Josh Hart 5 turnovers
  • Harry Giles 4 turnovers
  • De’Aaron Fox 7 fouls
  • Los Angelos 34.5 3PT%
  • Mo Wagner 2-9 from 3
  • Marvin Bagley -5 in 25 minutes
  • Svi Mykhailiuk -9 in 23 minutes
  • Xavier Rathan-Mayes -10 in 29 minutes
  • Josh Hart -6 in 32 minutes


It’s obviously way to early to declare a player a bust or a bonafide superstar. These games are freshly plucked draft picks and G-Leaguers. Nothing wrong with that, that’s just how it is.

Trae Young

Trae Young had a horrid game yes. This even happens to superstars(Curry in game 3 of the finals). What concerns me is that even when Young’s shot wasn’t falling he wasn’t making plays for his teammates. A plus minus of -17 indicates the one his shot wasn’t falling, and two Atlanta played poor defense with Young on the floor.

Jaren Jackson Jr

Jaren Jackson Jr did it all tonight. He hit a buzzer beating 3 from the logo, scored 29 and went 8-13 from three. It’s a small sample size but this looks promising. Only concern here is for how great Jackson is and how tenacious he plays, he only managed to grab 3 rebounds tonight against easier competition. Other than that, A+ game from Jackson.

Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell must still be drinking Hennessy after winning the finals. Not a great night From Bell, but he proved himself during his rookie year.

Grayson Allen

Grayson Allen was very versatile and that’s what the Jazz want to see. He is a player who will adjust well to the NBA given his experience and development over his career at Duke.

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker played a bad game, there is no way around it. I’m sure the Spurs expected this though. Walker is a project that will pay dividends in the future, hopefully.

Svi Mykhailiuk

Svi Mykhailiuk’s stats may not pop out but the guy was all over the place on both ends. He has a silky smooth jumper and the athleticism to thrive as an NBA reserve. Here’s to hoping the Lakers pick him up.

Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a scoring machine, that point is clear. However his 5 turnovers have to be alarming. Not only that but he was ejected from a Summer League game. That’s unacceptable from an NBA player who had a great rookie season and shows a promising future in the league.

De’Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox may not be a great shooter, but tonight he was the shiftiness, hardest working guy on the floor. Fox truly was a man among boys out there. This guy could make a huge leap next year and I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.

Harry Giles

Harry Giles didn’t play last year, but last night he proved through sheer work ethic what he can be. Giles was aggressive and was pushing around Mo Wagner every chance he got. Giles nailed a clutch 3 pointer towards the end of the game. If we can expect that to translate to the NBA this guy could be dangerous.

Moritz Wagner

Wagner was not afraid against Giles or Bagley. He routinely took the ball to the hoop and while the results weren’t alway spectacular, it’s nice to see the big man has a lot of confidence. Shooting 3-9 from 3 isn’t great but Wagner has good form, the shots will fall soon enough.

Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagley played like he had something to prove. He had an emphatic dunk in the first half. Also Bagley must have heard that he’s a bad defender because he had 3 blocks. The surprise from Bagley was his shooting from the free throw line. 5-6 is a good stat line for a guy that shot a shade over 60% during his freshman year in college. Bagley’s form on his free throws was consistent and fluid and he ever knocked down a three. Hopefully he only gets better from here. The Kings fans came to life every time he made a play.

Hope you enjoyed this. I’m going to put as many of these out as I can. The NBA season never ends.

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