NBA SUMMER LEAGUE; FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE CALIFORNIA CLASSIC and UTAH JAZZ SUMMER LEAGUE
All eyes seem to be on in Sacramento, as the inaugural California Classic Summer League packed the heat with some entertaining matches, but it was the Utah Jazz summer league that owned the day when Memphis Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. tore through the Atlanta Hawks, while the Warriors cooled the Heat in Sacramento.
The biggest talking points from the Summer League so far;
Throughout the 2017/18 season, the Rockets were running rampage in the NBA, and the 3-pt shot was the center of all focus due to the way it is taking over the game, meanwhile, on the college hardwood, a certain kid from Oklahoma was abusing it. Trae Young made himself known largely through his outside shot, but that shot was nowhere to be found when the Hawks opened against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Young led the nation in scoring and assists last year, and started his NBA career with a 4-20 showing, for 16 pts, including 1-11 from the great beyond.
First impressions count, but we’ll give him another chance.
The Grizzlies owe their 108-88 stampede of the Hawks to Big Ten Freshman and DPOY, Jaren Jackson.
Jackson was unconscious from beyond the arc, scoring eight 3s, including a half court buzzer beater, en route to 29 points, three rebounds, and two blocks. The fourth overall pick of this year’s draft certainly announced himself in a big way.
We’ll be keeping tabs on you, young fellow.
Stop it! Donovan Mitchell
It’s hard to imagine Donovan Mitchell is only starting his sophomore year in the NBA and was not even among the top 10 picks of his draft class, he was the revelation from last season.
He did it all against the Spurs in the opening game; the fadeaway, the contested, in traffic, off the dribble, the pull up, a drive, from deep, from mid-range, from the post, the dude has it all and he put the repertoire on full display.
Watch out NBA
The Kings and their princes
The Sacramento Kings have definitely given themselves a true chance at building something amazing. De’Aaron Fox looks to be maturing very nicely, putting in an all-round performance of the highest quality, scoring, rebounding, assisting, looking like a true potential floor general, but it was Marvin Bagley III who got all the attention, and understandably so.
His defense was robust, he shot from the three-point line, swatted away a few, crashed the glass, and of course, a massive dunk for good measure.
Harry Giles is another player who had something to offer, after missing his entire rookie season recovering from injury, the guy from Duke had an air of confidence, arrogance, and competition about him that was nice to see.
He is hungry, he wants to show himself and he goes down to the wire. He trash talked and packed intensity all game long, as the Kings downed the Laker, 98-93.
These are some of the names that have stood out after two days of blissful Summer league action.