While the past week’s featured an unprecedented amount of action off the court for the NBA given the number of high-profile players that have changed teams, there are actual games going on right now, too.
The NBA Summer League tipped off on July 1 and will run through July 15. Most of those games have taken/will take place in Las Vegas, as part of the full Vegas Summer League schedule starting July 5. Additionally, games were played in Sacramento (California Classic) and Salt Lake City (Utah Jazz Summer League) from July 1-3.
Perhaps none of you care about Summer League at large, but there are several Syracuse players participating this year, and they’re worth noting. So below we run down how they’ve performed so far, and what’s up ahead during the last week or so of the competition.
Tyus Battle, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves are 2-0 in Vegas so far, though Battle’s been only minimally involved. He didn’t play against the Cavaliers on July 5, and though he saw 14 minutes against the Hawks on Sunday, he scored zero points (on 0-for-2 shooting). Battle also had a rebound, an assist, two turnovers and a steal in the game, but so far he’s not stacking up well against the other guards on the roster.
Oshae Brissett, Los Angeles Clippers
A whole lot changed for the Clippers over the weekend as the team became the potential NBA title favorites by acquiring both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. That probably closes the door on any slim odds Brissett had to make the roster, though that may not be reflected in how he’s used in Summer League. So far, he has seven points in two games (including five in 22 minutes vs. the Lakers). Brissett’s also collected eight rebounds total.
Malachi Richardson, Golden State Warriors
With their participation in the aforementioned California Classic, Golden State is one of the busiest teams for Summer League. That’s also provided some solid opportunities for players like Malachi to get some minutes — which he has to varying degrees. He got the start against the Lakers on July 2 and scored nine points in 20 minutes (going 3-of-4 on threes). Richardson started vs. the Heat too, and had just a point in 20 minutes in that one. Malachi scored three against the Hornets, and three again vs.the Raptors as well, though both of those efforts came in reserve duty.
Next up: The Warriors still have a couple games remaining. They’ll suit up again tonight against the Lakers, then on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.
Andrew White III, New York Knicks
White has only played eight minutes for the Knicks, missing his four shots from the field. Though New York’s youth creates opportunities for players to potentially impress, there are also a ton of young players to take up minutes right now (including a ton of high draft picks and a bunch of last year’s contributors).
Next up: The ‘Bockers take on the Raptors on July 9, then the Lakers on July 10.
Also, for those interested, former Syracuse signee Darius Bazley has yet to play for the Thunder. However, the Paul George trade should set him up to get some larger opportunities proving himself with OKC. Meanwhile, former Orange guard B.J. Johnson has scored a handful of points for the Kings.