The Summer League is in its final stage out in Sin City, and a majority of the most exciting young players are there competing against each other. Atop the list are Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray, and Buddy Hield, who have rightfully stood out amongst their peers. Some second-year guys like D’Angelo Russell and Kelly Oubre are also dominating after finishing their rookie seasons.
Below are the highest of three of yesterday’s top performers.
Jamal Murray, 29p-2a-2s
When Denver drafted Jamal Murray seventh overall, they picked up the nation’s best scoring freshman and one of the NCAA’s most lights-out shooters. At their game against the Heat Monday, Murray put on a scoring show despite taking the loss. The efficiency wasn’t there (10/25), but Murray showed a respectable mid-range game that he felt comfortable enough to go to after bricking eight of his ten shots from three. He added two assists and two steals to his 29 points and was a perfect 7-7 from the line.
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D’Angelo Russell, 26p-5r-9/13FG
Through three games in Vegas, Russell is the SL’s fifth leading scorer at 22.7 points per contest and looked unstoppable as the Lakers cruised past the Warriors. He netted 22 in the first half and showcased an impressive number of dribble moves that left defenders in the dust. Russell also did a great job of knocking down his jump shots, and his 4/7 shooting from three should be a promising sign for everyone in Laker Nation.
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Buddy Hield, 23p-7r-5a-3s
Buddy Buckets is still adjusting to the professional game, but he’s looked better and better since his first showing on July 8. Hield’s 23 points against the Kings on Monday were his highest to date, and he looked great despite shooting 43 percent. He did a stellar job of creating off the dribble for both himself and his teammates, something that was a question mark coming in. Out of the pick-and-roll, he looked good as well and is still a knockdown shooter if he gets enough space. The potential to put solid all-around numbers is there, and if Alvin Gentry taps into it, the Pelicans will be in great shape.
Also Read: Buddy Hield takes home Wooden Award
All stats courtesy of NBA.com
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