After day 3 of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas we saw a mixed bag of results and a down turn in minutes from the Aussies previous outings. In the past days we have seen Jock Landale stand strong and show that he can be a contributor on the boards but lacks some real athletic ability but we've seen some flashes of Jonah Bolden's true potential.
Today we saw Mangok Mathiang, Jock Landale, Mitch Creek and Xavier Cooks all provide some impact on the court. We also got to see Melbourne United's favourite son Casper Ware Jr. and JP Tokoto previously from the Perth Wildcats showcase their skills.
Here's a quick re-cap of the day:
Mangok Mathiang (Charlotte Hornets):
0 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Mangok has found minutes hard to come by as he has found himself behind Willy Hermangomez and newly drafted Miles Bridges who have formed a nice one, two punch.
The Hornets found a nice groove moving to 2-0 with a 94-90 win over Miami but Mangok found it hard to get consistent minutes. He impacted the game on the defensive end with hustle and grit.
Mitch Creek (Dallas Mavericks):
15 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Creek was the only Aussie today that saw an uptick in minutes played increasing to 15 minutes against the Bucks. He will never be one to fill the stat sheet but what he is showing is his ability to be physical at the contest.
He showed today offensively he can be one dimensional as he struggled to get to the basket with as much ease as he did on day 1.
Xavier Cooks (Golden State Warriors):
7 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal
Xavier saw his first minutes of Summer League action today and didn't get a huge chance to assert himself. He was able to knock down his only shot of the game but was not able to stop GSW from falling 81-87 down the stretch to a fast finishing Houston Rockets.
We did get to cast our eyes over JP Tokoto who carved out some solid minutes and made a couple of heads up plays scoring 8 points over 17 minutes of action.
Jock Landale (Atlanta Hawks):
8 minutes, 4 points, 1 rebound
Jock found himself lumped behind high flying big man John Collins today after he got the start vs New York.
With Collins being shut down for the next game this gives Jock a fantastic opportunity to showcase his skill set and impress against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
What's next in Las Vegas?
A big day is shaping up for the Aussies tomorrow with up to 7 players who could potentially enter the floor. Many Australian eyes will be cast on Jonah Bolden who showed promise not just defensively as we expect with his incredible athleticism but after he show cased some potential in distributing the ball.
Take a look at the line up below:
7:30am: Jonah Bolden - Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards
9:00am: Mangok Mathiang - Charlotte Hornets v Boston Celtics
9:30am: Xavier Cooks and Mitch Creek, Doup Reath - GSW v Dallas Mavericks
11:30am: Emmett Narr - Phoenix Suns v Orlando Magic
1:30pm: Deng Adel - Houston Rockets v LA Clippers
* All times are AEST
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