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Key takeaways from Thursday’s NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas

We had another game winning shot and posterizing slam dunk in the Summer League on Thursday.

Cam Thomas #8 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket against the Washington Wizards during the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League on August 12, 2021 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

Day 5 of the Las Vegas Summer League did not leave any stones unturned Thursday. We saw Brooklyn Nets rookie Cam Thomas hit an improbable double overtime sudden death game-winner, two 30-point blowout victories, and a monster slam dunk from Hornets rookie center Kai Jones.

The NBA Summer League is a great place to not only see the 2021 rookie class, but also the 2020 rookie class, which made a lot of noise this past season in the association. Below we’ll take a look at a few of the takeaways from Thursday’s action that you might’ve missed.

Cam Thomas has ice in his veins

In one of the more exciting games on Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets took on the Washington Wizards. Nets rookie Cam Thomas, who was a certified bucket last season at LSU, has shined in Las Vegas and should have a role off the bench for Brooklyn.

Thomas scored 31 points and hit two incredible late-game shots in a 84-81 double overtime sudden victory against the Wizards. In the first overtime, the late first-round pick rose up for one of his two makes from three-point range to tie the game up.

Then in sudden death, the 6-foot-4 guard knocked down a game-winning three-pointer off of a one foot, despite good defense from Wizards rookie Corey Krispert. The young rookie guard is averaging 24 points through three games in the Summer League.

Tre Jones continues to shine for the Spurs in Vegas

A lot of the attention has been on the rookies in the NBA Summer League and rightfully so as they are the future stars of tomorrow. However, the second-year players have made a ton of noise in their first summer league action since there wasn’t a summer league due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

One of those second-year players who has flown under the radar is San Antonio Spurs point guard Tre Jones. The younger brother of Tyus Jones almost messed around and got a triple-double in the Spurs’ 106-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Tre Jones produced a summer league high 34 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field and a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. He also added eight rebounds and nine assists. Jones is one of the top scorers in the summer league with 24.3 points per game.

Kai Jones throws down another posterizing slam dunk

Sticking with the Spurs-Hornets game, Hornets rookie Kai Jones threw down another rim-rocking jam on a helpless Spurs defender, who was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

If you remember, Jones had another sick dunk last weekend against the Portland Trail Blazers where he floated by Kenneth Faried, who was trying to take a charge. But it was Jones, who came away with one of the first highlights in the summer league.

Hawks’ Sharife Cooper and Sixers’ SL Big 3 puts on show

If you were watching either the NFL preseason or the Field of Dreams game, you missed an exciting summer league late-night game between the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Sixers came away victorious, winning 96-88 in overtime over the Hawks. But overall, it was a fun game that saw Hawks rookie Sharife Cooper put up a double-double consisting of 21 points and 12 assists and the Sixers’ big three of Tyrese Maxey, Paul Reed, and Isaiah Joe put up a combined 72 points.

I don’t know how Cooper — who had an outstanding freshman season at Auburn — fell all the way to the second round. But he’s in a good spot with Atlanta and will be able to showcase his scoring and playmaking abilities. Meanwhile, Maxey continued his dominance in Vegas, scoring a game-high 31 points.

Final scores

Spurs 106, Hornets 105
Bulls 59, Timberwolves 78
Wizards 81, Nets 84
Pacers 97, Trail Blazers 64
Magic 71, Celtics 108
Rockets 76, Raptors 92
Sixers 96, Hawks 88
Suns 90, Nuggets 84