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Summer Standouts, Day 5

NBA7 July, 2018

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A look at top performers from the second day of action at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League:

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

The No. 1 pick got the better of No. 2 pick Marvin Bagley III (who suffered a hip injury) in their head-to-head matchup. The 7-1 Ayton did all of his work in the paint, scoring 21 points (on 8-for-11 shooting) and grabbing 12 rebounds as the Suns improved to 2-0 with a win over the Kings in front of a big crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center.

 
Deandre Ayton looked every bit the No. 1 pick in the draft with Saturday’s double-double.

Wade Baldwin IV, Portland Trail Blazers

The No. 17 pick of the 2016 Draft was waived after just one season with the Grizzlies, but he’s getting a second chance with the Blazers, who will have make a decision on his non-guaranteed contract in a couple of weeks. The 6-4 guard led the way with 20 points (on 9-for-13 shooting) and five assists as the Blazers got a win over the Jazz in their Vegas opener. It would have been a better afternoon if he made more than one of his five free throw attempts.

Antonio Blakeney, Chicago Bulls

The Bulls‘ two-way guard (who played in 19 games with Chicago last season) led the team to a win over the Cavs, scoring 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting. He added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Trevon Bluiett, New Orleans Pelicans

Bluiett, a non-roster rookie from Xavier, followed up his 24-point performance on Friday with 26 on Saturday. The Pelicans are 2-0, having outscored their opponents by 39 total points (despite losing Frank Jackson to an ankle injury on Friday), and Bluiett is now 12-for-18 from 3-point range over the two wins, perhaps earning himself a training camp invite with New Orleans or some other team.

John Collins, Atlanta Hawks

A bouncy 6-10 big man who started 26 games and finished Second Team All-Rookie among a strong class should be dominating Summer League. And Collins did just that on Saturday, scoring 30 points in the Hawksloss to New York at the Thomas & Mack Center. He shot 12-for-20 and drilled four 3s, more than he made in any game last season.

 
Hawks center John Collins impresses with 30 points against the Knicks.

Kevin Knox, New York Knicks

The No. 9 pick had a highlight-filled debut. He shot just 1-for-7 from 3-point range, but finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, getting out in transition for a few thunderous dunks in the Knicks‘ win over Atlanta. Athletic, versatile and 6-9, Knox could complement the Knicks‘ last two lottery picks (Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina) very well.