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NBA Summer League: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets Preview

The storied rivalry hits the strip

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - LA Clippers v Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

With a rare Summer League win already under the Milwaukee Bucks belt, the Jordan Nwora scoring brigade is hoping to lead them to a second straight victory against the Brooklyn Nets. It may not have the sting, or basically any of the players that starred in the semifinals this summer, but I’ll take any dub over Brooklyn.

Where We’re At

Patrick St. Andrews coached this Milwaukee team to a 81-78 win by putting the ball in Jordan Nwora’s hands over, and over, and over, and over again. He put up 30 points on 28 shots, and while that level of chucking isn’t exactly my favorite brand of basketball to watch, you saw how badly they needed his creation when he was off the floor and the Los Angeles Clippers put together a run. We’ve always know Nwora can Chuck, that was never in doubt, but he also tallies six dimes including a couple of picked passed out of the pick and roll to Sandro Mamukelashvili and Mamadi Diakite.

Those last two players were the other highlights on Monday, with Mamu in particular dropping some downright delightful cross court passes. Diakite was decent, albeit not spectacular. I’m curious how Diakite will attack summer league, as he showed off some off-the-dribble face-up game to go along with pick-and-pops, sky-high slams and a few goaltends.

Milwaukee’s opponent, the Nets, opened their Vegas trip falling 91-84 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Cam Thomas, the LSU product, was the high man for BKN scoring nineteen on 6-16 shooting. If you’re looking for another player to keep an eye on, old friend Brandon Knight is playing on this squad too.

Player to Watch

Mamu’s weird offensive rebounds, truncated vertical leap and propensity for operating out of the mid-post has me smitten. I have no clue if he can ever play in the NBA, but I’m sure excited to see a few more featurettes of his play here. I’m a sucker for a passing big man.

Game Details

Tipoff time: 3:00 PM Central

Network: ESPN2