It was a rough day for the Aussies at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas today with only Jonah Bolden and the Philadelphia 76ers moving onto the quarter finals. Unfortunately for Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang their campaigns came to end, with both of them playing a pivotal role in keeping their sides in touch but they just couldn't get over the line.
Let's take a look at some action from today's play:
Wow... How did the 76ers get out of that? Or should we say how did Milwaukee lose? Either way, as the game progressed we got to see Jonah Bolden feel more and more relaxed as he had arguably his most productive Summer League game.
Bolden today seemed to display attributes that will fit the 76ers ideal game style of play. He was able to score inside, outside and displayed positioning on the defensive end which allowed him to grab numerous rebounds. What we saw today was an example of how he can fit the seamless, positionless style that Brett Brown and the 76ers display whilst being able to stretch floor and provide some more outside shooting.
Next up for Bolden and the 76ers is the Memphis Grizzlies in the quarter finals.
The longer the Summer League has gone, the stronger Deng Adel's play has gotten. Adel was inserted into the starting line up today and played some serious minutes throughout showing that he can be a real threat on both ends.
During Summer League play we have seen some versatility in his play that we are sure has caught the eye of the Rockets. That versatility, hustle on defence and ability to stretch the floor fits the Rockets game style and with Trevor Ariza leaving to go to the Suns on a 1 year $15m deal there are still questions on how he can be replaced.
Today we saw some tricks; he got up for a huge stuff on a fast break play, then showed some versatility and flash with a smooth little jump hook inside. All in all we can see that Adel has the ability to carve out a roll somewhere in the NBA. This year could be in the "Torrey Craig" mould where a 2-way deal enables Deng the chance build on this momentum on the hope of a "guaranteed contract" as the season progresses.
Mangok Mathiang (Charlotte Hornets):
28 minutes, 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
We saw Mathiang for an extended period of time today and to be honest offensively it was hard to watch at times. Defensively on the other hand his pure athleticism and ability to see the play unfolding was wonderful to see. He came up with two HUGE blocks and his positioning on the defensive end helped nullify several attempts at the rim.
What's next in Las Vegas?
Tomorrow we get to see Jonah Bolden and his 76ers take on the Memphis Grizzlies in the quarter finals.
12:00pm: Jonah Bolden - Philadelphia 76ers v Memphis Grizzlies
* All times Australian Eastern Standard Time
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