The Milwaukee Bucks opened summer league with a team bereft of real draft picks, going up against a relatively pedigreed Philadelphia 76ers team. They left with a narrow 107-106 loss, but sure put forth a valiant effort in the process.
Milwaukee went into their first game woefully undermanned against the Sixers in terms of pedigree, with just one drafted player (Sterling Brown) taking the court. While it looked dire almost the whole way through, the Bucks made a ferocious comeback that ended with a Sterling Brown heave falling off the front of the rim. Sadly, D.J. Wilson sat out the Sixers game, but hopefully he can go to give Brown and Bonzie Colson a little help.
Player to Watch: Daulton Hommes
Well, unfortunately if you took my advice and watched Fletcher Magee against Philadelphia, you would’ve had to keep a close eye on the bench as he never left the pine. So, we’re going to go with the absolute, surefire breakout star from game one, Daulton Hommes. The DII basketball legend hit some decent jumpers in the first period and crossed a guy up in between some iffy defensive moments. Hopefully his sweet stroke carries into game two.
Hawks Player to Watch: Nick Ward
With the Hawks unable to list De’Andre Hunter on their official roster due to the machinations of having to make that trade official with the league office, I’m going with a big man from Michigan State that was the scourge of my existence when he played the Badgers. He seemed like he probably isn’t nimble enough to survive in the NBA, but after seeing the Sixers bigs eat the Bucks alive, I’m curious to see how he fares against Jock Landale and Johnny Hamilton. To be honest though, I’m really hoping De’Andre Hunter will have joined by then.
Here’s how the full Hawks roster shakes out, props to our brethren at Peachtree Hoops.
Jaylen Adams — G, St. Bonaventure (Under contract, non-guaranteed for 2019-20)
Charlie Brown — G/F, St. Joseph’s (Two-Way contract)
Landen Lucas — C, Kansas
Tahjere McCall — G, Tennessee State (Played for G League’s Long Island Nets in 2018-19)
Matt Mooney — G, Texas Tech
Amine Noua — F, ASVEL/France
Jordan Sibert — G, Dayton (briefly appeared for Hawks in 2018-19)
Omari Spellman — F/C, Villanova (Under contract, No. 30 pick in 2018 NBA Draft)
Reid Travis — F, Kentucky
Nick Ward — C, Michigan State
Thomas Wimbush — F, Fairmont State (Played for G League’s Long Island Nets in 2018-19)
We’re going to use previews as the game threads for summer league. Happy commenting!
Tipoff time: 4:00 CST
Where to Watch: NBATV