Day 7 in Las Vegas marked a busy schedule for many of the NBA's budding young stars looking to gain that coveted opportunity to get that chance to play in the league this upcoming season. But for the Aussies it was a quieter day with only the Philadelphia 76ers Jonah Bolden and Jock Landale of the Atlanta Hawks running the floor.
Let's take a look at the action from today:
Jonah Bolden (Philadelphia 76ers):
START: 21 minutes, 0 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks
Bolden came up against the number 1 pick in this years draft Deandre Ayton and was asked to go head to head for much of his time on the court. Which was different to what we had seen previously. He was banging down low and having to make several heads up defensive plays to lock down on the 7"1 centre. Bolden was giving away nearly 3 inches and 10kg but was able to use his positioning and length to subdue Ayton from taking over the game like we have seen him consistently do this Summer League.
On the offensive end it was a real struggle for Bolden going on 0/4 from beyond the arc and it just seems he has not been able to shake off the rust since he has stepped foot into the USA. Whilst he may not have been able to contribute on the offensive end he did help the 76ers over the line with a 88-86 win helping them progress to the next round where they will meet the Milwaukee Bucks.
Take a listen to Bolden talking on "The Broadcast" with the 76ers:
Jock Landale (Atlanta Hawks):
START: 20 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals
The Atlanta Hawks came into yesterday's game without key player Trae Young and it was evident that his ability to stretch the floor and his play making ability was lost within the team.
Landale unfortunately couldn't help stop the Trailblazers as they ended up overrunning the Hawks 95-69. While there was some contribution on the floor he did struggle against the more athletic types of bigs in Caleb Swanigan and Zach Collins. Defensively he held his own and competed hard like we have come to expect but was unable to finish some of his hard work on the offensive end only shooting 1/6 from the field and 0/2 from beyond the arc.
What will be interesting to see is Landale's next move. There are some definite positives coming from his play over the Summer League and if he can continue to work on his outside game he could genuinely become a stretch 5 to offer some real versatility. What he showed in his college career was that he was a crafty scorer down low but coming up against stronger, more agile and experienced competitors that style will not cut it in the NBA. He brings great intangibles which can be utilised, he is a fantastic rebounder and can position himself on defence to mark some fantastic scorers but his overall athleticism has been exposed at times over the past week.
What's next in Las Vegas?
With no Summer League Tournament games today for the Aussies today we will keep an eye on the Dallas Mavericks who are lining up against the Washington Wizards.
8:00am: Mitch Creek and Duop Reath - Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards
* All photos (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)
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