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NBA Summer League: Outstanding players of Day 4

NBA Summer League: Outstanding players of Day 4

NBA Summer League: Outstanding players of Day 4

Jaylen Wells celebrates with his teammates after beating Philadelphia with his ensuing floater as the final siren sounded.

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On Tuesday, there was a full program of NBA summer action with the California Classic and the Salt Lake City Summer League. The highlight was Jaylen Wells’ last-second winner for Memphis. Here is a selection of the best individual players:


Salt Lake City Summer League

Jaylen Wells, Memphis Grizzlies

Wells didn’t shoot particularly well (9 of 23), but the second-round pick from Washington State was there for the Grizzlies at the crucial moment, capping his fourth quarter with 12 points with the game-winning floater that beat Philadelphia 87-85 at the final siren.

Wells scored 27 points, making him the team’s all-time leading scorer, and teamed with UConn product Cam Spencer (18 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) to help Memphis overcome an early 18-point deficit.


Ousmane Dieng and Dillon Jones, Oklahoma City Thunder

The OKC forward duo filled the scoresheet in the 98-75 win over Utah, collecting a total of 41 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and seven 3-point shots.

It was something of a homecoming for Jones (21 points, 7 of 8 FGs), who played less than an hour away from Salt Lake City at Weber State before the Thunder took him 26th overall. One of the most versatile players in recent college history, last season’s Big Sky MVP played his usual all-around game, adding seven rebounds and four assists and sinking all three 3-point attempts.

Dieng took 10 fewer shots to score a point (20, 8 of 18 FGs) than Jones, but after making just 28% of his 3-pointers in his first two seasons with the Thunder, he hit 4 of 6 from beyond the arc and had five rebounds and five assists – a welcome sign.


Californian classic

Stephen Castle, San Antonio Spurs

Castle could not dispel doubts about his long-range shooting, as he missed 11 of 13 attempts from a distance of more than 6 feet, including all six three-point attempts, in the Spurs’ 89-67 win over China.

But the athleticism and defensive skills that led San Antonio to take him fourth were also on full display. His power dunk in the huddle drew cheers from the Sacramento crowd early on, and his Jose Alvarado-esque chasedown steal in the open court offered tantalizing glimpses of his potential as a perimeter rayaker.

Castle finished with three steals, 18 points, six rebounds and five assists.


Bryce McGowens, Charlotte Hornets

A strong backup in his first two seasons with the Hornets, McGowens relished his rare role as the all-time leading scorer in Charlotte’s 86-82 victory over Sacramento.

His steal-and-slam to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter was the start of a personal streak in which he scored 12 of Charlotte’s final 20 points. McGowens was 9-of-12 from the free throw line and sank two three-pointers, scoring 29 points on just 17 shots, the most of the game.