Summer League Excellence: Chet Holmgren delivers in OKC Fun

The second draft pick had 23 points, 7 plates, 6 blocks, 4 assists, and four triple assists against Utah in the Salt Lake City Summer League

Salt Lake City – Here’s a quick rundown of the best performances from the last day of the 2022 California Summer Classic and the first day of the Summer League in Salt Lake City.

Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder

Chet Holmgren did not disappoint in his summer league debut. The No. 2 pick overall had an impressive win in their first game at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, scoring 23 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder winning 98-77 over the Utah Jazz.

Here’s a small sampling of Holmgren’s play, in the first quarter only: three blocks (including one on 7-foot-6, 250-pound Tacko Fall jazz center), three three-pointers (including one step back in the fall), ten Nifty cents to create a layup from Jalen Williams and 1, a steal.

These highlights continued all night as Holmgren inflicted damage from depth (4 for 6 on 3 indices), closed paint and, most importantly, wasn’t pushed much by Fall or other Utah center, rookie Kofi Cockburn (7ft 290). pounds). Holmgren grabbed seven rebounds and provided four assists, but most of all he seemed confident and aligned well with other young talents at OKC including Josh Gedi and Alexisj Bokosevsky, Jalen Williams and Jalen Williams.

“I thought he was really good in attack. Thunder’s Summer League coach Cameron Woods said, ‘What impressed me most about him was the way he played our style. “Obviously he had a great game, but the most impressive part for me was that he did it in our attacking line. It looked like a basketball team out there and they found success in what we do.”


Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings

Fourth-placed Keegan Murray smashed his 24-point performance in a win over the Lakers in the Summer League.

Consistency has become Murray’s calling card — at least based on his last two games at the California Classic. Murray finished with 24 points in a 9-16 shootout while scoring seven rebounds and three steals in the Sacramento 87-75 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The No. 4 pick overall was the clutch in the fourth quarter, pinning a jump with 4:18 remaining to help Sacramento climb 71-70 and reclaim the lead. He also had a big block with 3:05 left before a big steal and dunk with 42.1 seconds left to help take the win. His performance on Tuesday comes after a 26-point night in Sacramento’s win on Sunday against Golden State where he showed consistent scoring touch.


Nikola Jovic, Miami Heat

Nikola Jovic scored 25 points in Miami’s win over Golden State on Tuesday.

In Miami’s 90-74 against Golden State, the Heat’s top pick in the 2022 draft showed why they finished 27th overall. Lauded before the draft as a player capable of shooting shots from all three levels, Jovic showed it in shooting 9-16 en route to the finish with 25 points in just over 28 minutes. He also had nine rebounds and was big in the fourth quarter, making a 4 for 5 overall, and was perfect (3 for 3) out of a 3-point range.

Overall, Thursday’s final for the Miami at the California Classic was a good sign for Jovic as the team prepares to play in the NBA 2K23 Summer League in Las Vegas (July 7-17). After battling to do attacking in the first two games of the Summer League in Miami (4-for-14 FG and 1-7 on three-pointers), Jovic certainly made a comeback with his Tuesday showing.


Xavier Williams, Xavier Tillman, Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in Salt Lake City.

Two of the six players on the Memphis roster with previous NBA experience, Williams and Tillman, both looked strong in the opening game at Vivent Arena in Salt Lake City. In all, Williams had 15 points, but most notable were his passing and defense in the Grizzlies’ 103-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Williams finished with eight assists, stole twice and had a dime in time for Tillman with 1:36 left.

Tillman showed the kind of strong play that made him a key rotation player for Memphis during the playoff round in 2022. He had 16 points, three rebounds and four assists, and was aggressive in going into the basket or looking for breakers when he got the ball on the low post. While he was the victim of a sinister and worthwhile late game Block by Sixers’ Jalen SpringerTillman stands out for his persistence and aggressiveness.

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