When the Toronto Raptors made Brazilian Bruno Caboclo their 20th pick, ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla Memphis Bleeked him, saying, “he’s two years away from being two years away.” Well Caboclo put up a solid 12 points (on 5-for-7 shooting) and two rebounds on Saturday.
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New York Knicks wing Cleanthony Early put up 13 points and two blocks…and yammed on Ivan Johnson.
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Utah Jazz 5th overall pick Dante Exum flushed this ‘oop from Trey Burke on his way to a 10 point, three rebounds and three assist finish.
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In what should be a harbinger of things to come, the Chicago Bulls’ Doug McDermott pegged this, his first bucket. He had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
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Denver Nuggets pick Gary Harris flamed his Sin City introduction, piling on 33 points on 10-for-17 shooting.
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The Lakers marquee draftee, Julius Randle, hasn’t signed his contract yet so he sat this one out. Enter 46th pick Jordan Clarkson, the 6’5″ Missouri product who put up 21 points, three assists and two steals.
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Heralded scorer Nik Stauskas got to it, putting up 14 points in his premier effort for the Sacramento Kings.
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Charlotte Hornets forward Noah Vonleh didn’t score a single bucket, but blocks like these (he finished with three) and his rebounding (he pulled down six) are what got him drafted 9th.
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At Louisville Russ Smith earned the nickname Russdiculous for doing the impossible, a trend he continued with this game-winning drive for the New Orleans Pelicans, which erased a 19-point deficit.
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Despite Zach LaVine’s reaction to being drafted to Minny, the athletic pairing with Shabazz Muhammad should make everyone else happy.
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Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins’ showdown on Friday night might have dominated the buzz coming out of Las Vegas, but a number of NBA rookies made better-than-solid debuts at summer league this weekend.