We’ve got a relatively light set of Summer League games Monday as we enter the championship week for the Las Vegas event. The Orlando Magic have pulled Paolo Banchero from the event, so we’ll see if that starts a trend for other teams. So far, it looks like Banchero is the lone notable name to be removed. There’s still plenty of important prospects in action, including Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith.
Here we’ll be recapping all the games for Monday, July 11.
NBA Summer League recaps
New Orleans Pelicans 101, Atlanta Hawks 73
Trey Murphy is carving out a big role for himself in New Orleans’ rotation next season. He was the difference between the two teams in this contest, dropping 30 points to go along with six rebounds. He shot 10-18 from the floor and 3-6 from deep. It’ll be interesting to see how he slots in alongside Herbert Jones, Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum on the perimeter with the Pelicans.
Houston Rockets 97, San Antonio Spurs 84
Tari Eason continued his fantastic Summer League play with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jabari Smith might’ve had his best game of the summer so far with 19 points and nine rebounds. Josh Christopher came on late in the game to finish with 18 points. On the Spurs side, Darius Days has been making big impressions. He ended the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Malaki Branham was inefficient but finished with 20 points.
Boston Celtics 111, Milwaukee Bucks 109
Sandro Mamukelashvili is making a case to be on Milwaukee’s main roster. He dropped 28 points and nine rebounds to go along with three steals and two blocks. The Bucks could use some depth in the interior with Brook Lopez’s injury history. Lindell Wigginton is also showing out and could be in for a two-way deal. On Boston’s side, the Celtics got a strong game from Mfiondu Kabengele with 15 points and 11 rebounds. He was part of six players who had double figures scoring for Boston. Matt Ryan could get a look with his three-point shooting, but it’s hard to see anyone from this group getting big minutes in Boston’s main rotation.
Oklahoma City Thunder 84, Orlando Magic 81
This game lost a lot of luster when the Magic announced they were shutting down Paolo Banchero. Chet Holmgren still played and had a nice game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. For the Magic, Justin James showed out with 16 points. We’ll see if the Thunder keep Holmgren going or decide they’ve seen enough and avoid a potential injury.
Utah Jazz 83, Dallas Mavericks 82
This was a terrible offensive display from both teams, particularly from two players who many had high hopes for in this game. Jaden Hardy finished with 14 points on 4-15 shooting, although he did add six rebounds and five assists. Jared Butler was even worse, shooting 3-22 from the floor to finish with nine points, 10 assists and five boards. Tacko Fall had a double-double but there was a lot to dislike in this game for both teams.
Quentin Grimes continued his strong Summer League play of late for the Knicks, dropping 24 points on 9-17 shooting. Grimes is expected to be a key contributor in Year 2. For the Trail Blazers, Trendon Watford finished with 18 points. Portland had five players reach double figures scoring, including Jabari Walker who tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds.