With the NBA draft behind us and free agency cooling down, it is time for the next foray into the NBA offseason: Las Vegas Summer League basketball. This is a time for fans to check out new draftees and young players to see if they can take the next step in being ““too good for summer league.” The NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks begin their first of at least four games, this one against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Where We’re At
The Bucks won the NBA championship about a month ago, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday won a gold medal, and most of the core that won the championship is back. The next few games will be a test to see if some of the young prospects can push to be in the rotation and the summer league roster has a few players fans will recognize. Mamadi Diakite and Jordan Nwora will be the two NBA guys to lead the Bucks, and they will be joined by second round pick Sandro Mamukelashvili as those Bucks fans and the org will be watching closely. The other second round pick, Georgios Kalaitzakis will not be there because getting clearance from FIBA is complicated.
Player To Watch
Jordan Nwora raised some eyebrows with his performance in Tokyo for the Nigerian basketball team. Nwora was getting buckets in his time in the Olympics and even had a game where he scored 31 points for Nigeria against Germany. Nwora will be one of the players fans hope continues that bucket getting ability and will be someone we hope will improve on the defensive end to get more playing time in the regular season.
It’s summer league, so this is our combination preview and game thread, and honestly it seems a bit overboard to do the graphic and the poll. Blame Mitchell.
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