A look at top performers from Day 6 of the action in Las Vegas and Day 9 of the overall Summer League:
Bruce Brown, Detroit Pistons
Brown posted the first triple-double of Summer League (quarters are only 10 minutes long and there’s lots of player rotation) with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. The second-year point guard, the No. 42 pick in the 2018 draft, accomplished the triple-double in 27 minutes. Eight of his rebounds were on the offensive end.
Shayne Whittington, Dallas Mavericks
An undrafted big man who is vying for his third season on an NBA roster, Whittington poured in 19 points in 23 minutes in the Mavericks’ win. Coming off the bench, Whittington led all scorers. The 28-year-old played 28 games for the Pacers in the 2014-15 season and seven in 2015-16. For the past two years, he played in Spain.
Daniel Gafford, Chicago Bulls
The rookie center notched a double-double of 20 and 10 rebounds, six of the offensive variety, in 24 minutes. The Bulls’ second-round pick (No. 38) was 6-of-11 from the field.
Jeremiah Hill, Orlando Magic
The point guard scored 21 points and dished six assists in 26 minutes in the Magic’s loss. Hill is coming off a solid season with the Lakeland Magic of the G League.
Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat
The undrafted guard is trying to shoot himself onto an NBA roster. Nunn, technically a rookie although he played two games in the G League and three with the Warriors last season, was 13-for-20 in the Heat’s loss, scoring 28 points.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans Pelicans
Alexander-Walker poured in 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Pelicans in their win. The shooting guard landed with the Pelicans in a draft-night trade after being taken No. 17 by the Brooklyn Nets. He also had six assists, but five turnovers didn’t help his cause.
Quinndary Weatherspoon, San Antonio Spurs
Weatherspoon scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in 24 minutes in the Spurs’ loss to the Suns. Weatherspoon, the 49th pick of the 2019 draft, appears to be a swingman in training. He started at the the small forward position, although he’s listed as a shooting guard.
Kevin Knox and RJ Barrett, New York Knicks
Knox, a forward out of the University of Kentucky, scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Knox was picked by the Knicks in the 2018 draft (No. 9), and the second-year player is only 19. Barrett, the No. 3 pick in the 2019 draft, tallied 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal as the Knicks trounced the Lakers. Barrett bounced back from a poor shooting performance earlier in Summer League.
Jock Landale, Milwaukee Bucks
Landale is having a good Summer League run, averaging 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds. Wednesday night, the center led all scorers with 23 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Bucks cruised past Team China.
Jarred Vanderbilt, Denver Nuggets
The second-year player out of Kentucky logged a solid double-double: 20 points and 16 rebounds in Denver’s loss to the Warriors. Taken No. 41 in the 2018 draft, Vanderbilt played in 17 games for the Nuggets last season.
Spurs promote Buford to CEO; Wright to serve as GM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs Sports & Entertainment has promoted two-time NBA executive of the year RC Buford to chief executive officer, effective Sept. 3.
Buford is credited along with coach Gregg Popovich for building the Spurs into one of the most consistently successful franchises in sports, with five NBA championships since 1999 and 22 consecutive playoff appearances. Popovich is returning this fall for his 24th season.
Buford started his current run with the Spurs in 1994 and has climbed the ranks, including being named general manager in 2002 and his promotion to president of sports franchises in 2008.
The Spurs also said Tuesday that Brian Wright will serve as GM after three years as an assistant and Lori Warren and Bobby Perez have been elevated to executive vice president roles. Longtime executives Rick Pych and Lawrence Payne will transition to advisory roles.
On Monday, the Spurs said former NBA MVP Tim Duncan will join the Spurs as an assistant coach this season.
Suns sign forward/center Cheick Diallo
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns today signed forward/center Cheick Diallo (pronounced Sheck Dee-ALL-oh) to a multiyear contract.
Diallo, 22 years old, has played three NBA seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans and this past season averaged career highs of 6.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 14.0 minutes while making 62.0% of his field goals. Following the All-Star break in 2018-19, he averaged 8.9 points and 7.6 rebounds on 63.6% shooting from the field and 84.0% from the free throw line with eight double-doubles in 23 games, including a career-high 18 boards plus 16 points on Feb. 22 at Indiana. On a per-36 minute basis, Diallo holds career averages of 15.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
A 6-9, 220-pound forward/center, Diallo also measures a 7-5 wingspan and a 9-0 standing reach. He was originally the 33rd overall selection in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft by the LA Clippers following one season at the University of Kansas. New Orleans acquired Diallo in a draft night trade and he played in 133 regular season games with the Pelicans in addition to seven postseason appearances during the team’s run to the 2018 Western Conference Semifinals.
Born in Kayes, Mali, Diallo began playing basketball at age 13 and moved to the United States as a 15-year-old in 2012 to pursue his career. He attended Our Savior New American High School in Centereach, New York, where he was a national top-ten recruit, two-time New York Gatorade Player of the Year, MVP of the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game and Co-MVP of the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic. Last year, Diallo represented Mali by playing for Team Africa at the NBA Africa Game 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. He is the second player in NBA history to have been born in Mali (Soumaila Samake).
Diallo will wear uniform No. 14 with the Suns. The Suns’ roster now stands at 15 players; an updated roster is attached.
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