2019 NBA Summer League standouts: Day 13NBA Summer League 2019: What to watch during the semifinals of the Vegas Summer League
Four teams remain as the No. 8 Grizzlies take on the No. 4 Pelicans to begin the day, followed by the No. 7 Nets and the No. 3 Timberwolves.
Clarke scored the winning field goal — a dunk — in overtime and finished with 23 points as the eighth-seeded Grizzlies advanced to the Summer League Tournament Finals by edging the Pelicans. Clarke was the No. 21 overall pick of the Draft (via a trade with the Thunder). The center also grabbed 14 rebounds.
Trevon Bluiett, New Orleans Pelicans
Undrafted out of Xavier, the second-year swingman led the No. 4-seeded Pelicans with 16 points in their loss to the Grizzlies. Through four Summer League games, Bluiett averaged 10 points and 2.8 rebounds.
Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves
Reid, an undrafted center out of LSU, scored 20 points and pulled down six rebounds in 19 minutes to help the Timberwolves advance to Monday’s title game. Reid averaged 11 points, 2.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds in four games before Sunday.
Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets
Another of several big men who’ve performed well in Summer League, Allen finished with a solid double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds in the Nets’ loss to the Timberwolves. He was 7-of-12 from the field. Picked No. 22 in the 2017 draft, Allen is starting his third season with the Nets.
Amida Brimah, Brooklyn Nets
Brimah, another undrafted center, also notched a double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. From Ghana, the 25-year-old has played for the Austin Spurs in the G League and Partizan in Serbia (2018).
The 2019 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League continues on Day 10 with four teams vying for an opportunity to play in tomorrow’s championship. To open, the No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies take on the No. 4 New Orleans Pelicans, who earned a one-point overtime win over the Heat in the quarterfinals.
The second semifinal game is between No. 7 Brooklyn Nets and the No. 3 Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves advanced by cruising past the Mavericks while the Nets earned a dominant win over the Pistons.
For more on who and what to watch in each game, we’ve got you covered below.Through four games, Clarke is averaging 12.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks to lead the way for Memphis along with Tyler Harvey, who scored 20 points against Boston and is averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game in Vegas.
The Pelicans have been on a roll since officially acquiring rookies Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jaxson Hayes and Didi Louzada. Alexander-Walker, who scored a game-high 34 points in the team’s win over the Heat, is averaging 27.7 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals through three games while Hayes has averaged an extremely efficient 18.7 points (on 60.5% shooting) to go along with 7.7 rebounds per game.
The young duo of Alexander-Walker and Hayes will go toe-to-toe with Harvey and Clarke, who look to lead Memphis to their second-straight win over a higher-seeded opponent. The Pelicans roster has the last two Summer League MVPs in Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball, and another solid performance from Alexander-Walker could sure up his case to be the third.
No. 7 Brooklyn Nets vs. No. 3 Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Allen started in games for the Nets this postseason, so it makes sense that the big man has been dominant in Vegas as he prepares for his third year in the league. As Brooklyn cruised past Detroit with a 108-85 win, Allen posted a monster 30-point, 11-rebound double-double to go along with two blocks. He enters the meeting with Minnesota averaging 16.8 points (on 61.9% shooting) to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this summer.