Milwaukee Bucks fans are likely far more focused on the departure of Jabari Parker, but the Vegas show must go on tonight. After managing to snag a tournament win in the first time for what feels like forever, Milwaukee advanced to take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. Philly was winless in Vegas before beating Phoenix, while Milwaukee is looking for their third win of the tournament.
The drudgery of NBA Summer League trudges on for this Milwaukee squad, who got a shot in the arm from Donte DiVincenzo’s first game action in beating the San Antonio Spurs. That shot proved to be pretty facile though, as the rookie failed to record a point in his 11 minutes. Christian Wood came through with a big night though, dominating the Spurs’ frontline and flashing the athleticism that’s tantalized Bucks fans thus far. We’ll see how he matches up against Philadelphia this evening.
Player to Watch: Donte DiVincenzo
Let’s hope Donte can give it a go again tonight, but at this point in Summer League, as the games of horrendous basketball start to bleed together, it’s nice to have anything different to watch. DiVincenzo’s shot was errant, but he flashed some decent passing ability in transition and while nearly falling en route to the basket. Hopefully, he at least gets on the board tonight.
Despite a 40-point outburst by Furkan Korkmaz in his first Summer League game, Philadelphia still hadn’t recorded a win until taking down DeAndre Ayton’s Suns squad. Alongside Korkmaz, they also sport Zhaire Smith, who’s raw mold of athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect to watch going forward. Beyond that, I suppose you could watch Demetrius Jackson, as I recall a brief bit of buzz about some fans potentially enjoying him as a future Bucks prospect. Alas, his fall from grace has left him here as a third year SL player who’s barely sniffed the big leagues.
Player to Watch: Zhaire Smith
I hoped Smith would drop to Milwaukee at 17, but the Suns snagged him just before that before trading him to Phoenix. It’s pretty coincidental/agonizing that Bucks fans will get to see Donte DiVincenzo match up against Lonnie Walker and Smith in consecutive games, the two players he was sandwiched between, both of whom I was hoping Milwaukee would pick.
Tonight’s tipoff is at 7:30 PM CST and is broadcast on ESPN 2 or streaming via WatchESPN.