We’re in the last day of meaningful Summer League games, at least however meaningful a Summer League game can be. We’ll know Sunday’s championship matchup after Friday’s games, with Saturday and most of Sunday’s other contests being an additional exhibition opportunity for those who are on the fringes of a roster.
Here we’ll be recapping all the games for Friday, July 15.
NBA Summer League recaps
Los Angeles Clippers 82, Utah Jazz 65
Brandon Boston had a massive game with 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists. It’s crazy he might not break the Clippers’ main roster given how deep it is but he’ll get a look. On the Jazz side, Johnny Juzang was highly inefficient but he at least started to look like a productive player. Some late shots didn’t go his way so he finished with 14 points on 3-13 shooting. Juzang will likely be in consideration for a two-way deal, so he’ll likely get a few more chances to prove he deserves real NBA minutes.
Philadelphia 76ers 97, Denver Nuggets 71
This was the throwaway Summer League game of the day. The Sixers got hot from the floor, while the Nuggets never got started. Isaiah Joe and Trevelin Queen were the key players for Philly, combining for 31 points on 7-14 shooting from deep. Grant Riller had 18 points, but he’s going to have a tough time making the 76ers roster. On the Nuggets side, Christian Braun had a decent game with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steal.s
Oklahoma City Thunder 90, Golden State Warriors 82
Chet Holmgren and Moses Moody didn’t play in this contest. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had a double-double for OKC to make his case for rotation minutes this upcoming season. The big development here was on the Golden State side with James Wiseman, who had what was easily his best showing since his return to the court. The big man went for 14 points and seven rebounds on 4-5 shooting, committing only two personal fouls. If Wiseman clicks this season, the Warriors will have some much-needed frontcourt depth in their bid to repeat.
Sacramento Kings 82, Phoenix Suns 69
Keegan Murray continued to impress with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Neemias Queta also had a double-double for the Kings, who are looking like they’ll have a strong rotation this upcoming season. Ish Wainright and McKinley Wright were the key players for Phoenix, who are likely to be out of the Kevin Durant sweepstakes after matching Deandre Ayton’s offer sheet.
Washington Wizards 97, Indiana Pacers 79
None of the big guns (Bennedict Mathurin, Isaiah Jackson, Chris Duarte) played for the Pacers, while the Wizards weren’t getting much from Johnny Davis anyway prior to benching him for tonight’s game. Jordan Schakel led the way for Washington with 21 points, five assists and seven rebounds.
Toronto Raptors 88, Miami Heat 78
Five Raptors players hit double figures scoring in this game, including Dalano Banton and Armoni Brooks. Both could have significant roles if Toronto’s injury problems from last season come around again this year. The Heat held Nikola Jovic out again, so there’s not much to analyze from their unit tonight.
Los Angeles Lakers 102, New Orleans Pelicans 94
This was the Cole Swider show. The Lakers forward is making a case for himself after going for 21 points and six rebounds. His efficiency from behind the arc makes him appealing as well, since the Lakers don’t have a lot of shooting options on the team right now. Scotty Pippen Jr. had 11 points and seven assists, although he was quite inefficient. Trey Murphy didn’t play for the Pelicans, so it’s hard to take much out of this game for New Orleans fans.