Yesterday marked the end of several Australian's NBA Summer League journeys. We were able to watch a few consolation games played out by the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks which all featured an Australian in each team.
Let's take a look at some action from yesterday's play:
Xavier Cooks (Golden State Warriors):
12 minutes, 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Cooks found himself on a HOT STREAK!!! Shooting 100% from the field the 6"8 swingman could not put a foot wrong, contributing a solid 12 minutes off the bench to help pull the Golden State Warriors within two against the Sacramento Kings.
What seemed like an interesting addition Cooks really didn't look out of place with the minutes he was able to collect. Yesterday was his best performance and it will be interesting to see what's next for the 2018 Big South Conference player of the year. He has shown that he can stroke the ball and is confident when opportunities do arise but the question is has he done enough to cement a 2-way deal to stay in the United States?
Yesterday saw an impressive campaign come to an end for Mitch Creek. Starting his third Summer League game in a row Creek really provided and showed what he can bring to an NBA team. He was relentless all tournament and yesterday's showing was no different.
Creek out hustled Washington forward Devin Robinson off the free throw line to grab his third offensive rebound to put it back up for two and seal a Dallas Mavericks win. He was a man possessed all Summer League as he worked up the lanes, shared the ball with his teammates and had a hand in the lane all week. It is reported that two NBA teams have expressed interest in his services for a potential 2-way contract but with the Mavericks moving forward with pick 60 of the NBA Draft Kostas Antetokounmpo it is hard to see Creek finding a way back to them. All of our eyes will be firmly on the outcome over the next few weeks.
Jock Landale (Atlanta Hawks):
START: 15 minutes, 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist
Landale was able to gain another start for the Atlanta Hawks in their last game of the Summer League. Whilst he found himself on the end of a couple of effective plays it was his rebounding and positioning on the offensive glass that was quiet impressive.
The big question remains; what next for big Jock? The past week has shown that Jock has a lot to work on before he can really make an impact in the NBA. With several NBL scouts looking for their next import we hope their eyes have been cast over Landale's style of play. With a team like Melbourne United still on the hunt for a true starting centre that can bang every night can he be an option? A move like this would allow some real flexibility in United's rotation but is it an upgrade over the ageing Boone, if he even has United on his radar?
Emmett Narr (Phoenix Suns):
9 minutes, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
The Illawarra Hawk found himself 9 minutes on the court yesterday as the Suns ran away from the Spurs 90-55. His teammates took advantage of his pin point passing as he contributed two beautiful lobs which were drilled home.
Take a look below:
What's next in Las Vegas?
6:30am: Deng Adel: Houston Rockets v Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30am: Jonah Bolden: Philadelphia 76ers v Milwaukee Bucks
* All times Australian Eastern Standard Time
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