|2014 Las Vegas Summer League|
|July 14, 2014|
|Thomas & Mack Center | Las Vegas, NV|
|ESPN3.com / NBA Summer League Live|
|Nate Wolters||PG||Trey Burke|
|C.J. Williams||SG||Dante Exum|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||SF||Rodney Hood|
|Jabari Parker||PF||Malcolm Thomas|
|JaJuan Johnson||C||Rudy Gobert|
The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly fell in love with Dante Exum ahead of last month's draft, but ultimately they couldn't pass on the more proven Jabari Parker. Tonight they get their first chance to see what they passed up on draft night.
Despite a modest box score line (10 points, 4/10 fg, 3 ast), Exum looked the part of a potential star in Utah's Vegas-opening Saturday night loss against the Sixers, flashing the sort of speed and playmaking that had scouts raving from far-flung international tournaments the past two years.
For the Bucks, Jabari Parker will try to bounce back from a poor shooting effort against the Suns on Sunday, as he once again settled for too many long twos en route to an 11-point, 11 rebound, 4/14 shooting night. Parker did connect on his first two three pointers of the summer, but just seemed a little too happy to play outside-in than vice versa. You know Jabari's not playing his game when he only makes on trip to the foul line, so hopefully we'll see him more aggressive tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo didn't suffer the same drop-off, piling up 16 points and six boards while looking increasingly comfortable attacking off the bounce or from the left block in halfcourt.
More of the same would do just fine from Giannis, who figures to match up with Jabari's old Duke teammate Rodney Hood at the small forward spot. Hood suffered through a 1/10 night from deep on Saturday, though he had plenty of company on a night that saw Utah hit just 3/30 from three.