Day 3 at the Las Vegas Summer League is in the books, and we had seven games, featuring a buzzer-beater, some strong performances, and of course, some really not strong performances.
Cody Zeller might have been the day's best effort amongst highly touted rookies, with 18 points and 11 boards, while Ben McLemore had his second straight dud in two Summer League outings, which probably means he will never be a good NBA player. If we could combine Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris into one person, they'd be Monday's MVP -- Markieff had a game-high 22 points for the Suns, but Marcus hit the game-winner -- but that's not possible, so it would probably go to former Laker Andrew Goudelock, who went off for the Bulls, or perhaps his teammate, Malcolm Thomas, who had more rebounds than the leading scorer on most teams had points.
We profiled the day's first four games, including Morris' game-winner, Zeller's day, a tough win for Austin Rivers and the Pelicans, and the Lakers' win over the Clippers, earlier. Here's what happened in Monday's final three games, including McLemore's outing.
Bulls 93, Nuggets 81
The lid often seems like it's on the rim in Summer League, with hideous offensive outputs. That wasn't the case in this Bulls-Nuggets affair, where several players proved they can absolutely gun, putting up some gaudy statlines. The two teams shot a combined 23-for-44 from beyond the arc, both over 50 percent despite a high volume of threes.
Andrew Goudelock established himself as a shooter at the College of Charleston, and showed he hasn't lost the touch by drilling five of six threes to finish with a game-high 31. After being drafted in the second round by the Lakers in 2011, he made it into 40 games as a rookie, but only appeared in one game last year before randomly being forced into starting duty by a spate of injuries in the playoffs -- and responding, with a career-high 20-point game against San Antonio. The scoring is obviously there for the 6'2 guard, who took only 13 shots.
Erik Murphy, a second-round pick out of Florida expected to be a stretch four for the Bulls, also bombed away, hitting 4-for-5 from deep to finish with 18 points. Starting Murphy should have given the Nuggets the advantage on the glass, but Malcolm Thomas, who played sparing minutes for the Bulls this year, reeled in 22 boards, 10 offensive, to go along with 13 points.
The Nuggets can shoot too: Evan Fournier hit four of his eight attempts to lead the way with 20 points, second-round pick Erick Green drilled three of four, Jordan Hamilton hit three of five, and D-League big man Luke Harangody hit two threes for 6 of his 17 points to go along with a team-high seven boards. But Chicago won the shootout, advancing to 2-0, while the Nuggets are 0-2.
The Warriors hunkered down defensively, trying to make Ben McLemore uncomfortable and it worked: McLemore had his second less-than-stellar game in two games in Vegas, managing just 13 points on 12 shots. The seventh overall pick is just 2-for-18 from three-point land in his two outings, and on Monday, airballed two threes and committed a series of rookie-type turnovers. It's probably just a talented rookie dealing with being the No. 1 on option on a team in a new level of play rather than a long-term sign of McLemore's failure as an NBA player, but, it really hasn't been pretty.
The Warriors' defense, on the other hand, was pretty, forcing 21 turnovers against just six assists. A large amount of that was Kent Bazemore, who was primarily assigned to McLemore, trying as hard as he could to make the rookie go left, and often succeeding in getting McLemore out of sorts. Draymond Green led the way with 18 points on only nine shots, connecting on all eight of his free throws, while Bazemore chipped in 15 points and Ian Clark added 10. The star for the Kings was actually their second-round pick, Ray McCallum, as the Detroit guard had 23 points on only 10 shots with six steals. The Warriors remain undefeated in Las Vegas, while the Kings have yet to win.
Aron Baynes and Nando de Colo didn't get much time in the NBA Playoffs -- Baynes' playoff minutes were almost exclusively Hack-A-Dwight opportunities in the first round, while de Colo only played garbage time -- but both guys showed they're above Summer League competition in their win over Atlanta. Baynes, a 26-year-old New Zealander who made his NBA debut last year, had 19 points and 15 rebounds, while de Colo, a Frenchman who was also a 26-year-old rookie this past year, had 19 points and eight assists. For the Hawks, Mike Scott, a Virginia product who played sparing minutes as a rookie, unloaded for 27 points, hitting all 13 of his free throws. Lucas Nogueira looked the better of the Hawks' two first-round picks, as the Afro-sporting 7-foot Brazilian connected on all three of his shot attempts while grabbing nine rebounds. Dennis Schroeder went 2-for-6 from the field, and only had three assists after averaging 7.5 between his first two games.