NBA Las Vegas Summer League Ends For Four Former Zags
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The new-look Las Vegas NBA Summer League wrapped up Monday with four former Gonzaga University players hoping they impressed the right people to get invited to camp this fall.
Elias Harris and Robert Sacre were teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers squad, Micah Downs played for the Toronto Raptors and Josh Heytvelt was on the Cleveland Cavaliers roster.
Kelly Olynyk, the 13th overall pick of the June Draft by the Dallas Mavericks and traded to the Boston Celtics, played in the Orlando Summer League with the Celtics and was voted the outstanding rookie at the completion of both summer leagues. He averaged 18.0 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Downs also played in Orlando for the Indiana Pacers, averaging 6.5 ppg and 2.3 rpg.
The new look in Las Vegas had each of the 22 teams playing three games and were then seeded into a 22-team bracket to crown a champion. The Golden State Warriors downed the Phoenix Suns for the title Monday.
Harris, who started all five games for the Lakers as they went 3-2 overall and lost in the tournament quarterfinals to Golden State, averaged 10.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.6 assists and 1.2 steals while averaging 27.0 minutes/game. Harris scored 17 points against Golden State and 12 against the Los Angeles Clippers. He grabbed a high of 8 rebounds twice against Cleveland and Milwaukee.
Sacre, drafted a year ago by the Lakers and recently signed to a new contract, also started all five games while averaging 23.4 minutes/game. He averaged 8.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 assists and 0.6 steals. He had highs of 16 points against Milwaukee and 10 rebounds against Golden State.
Cleveland went 3-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals with Heytvelt playing in all five games with one start. He averaged 14.0 minutes/game, 1.0 ppg and 2.2 rpg. He had highs of 3 points against Miami and 3 rebounds against both Miami and the Lakers.
Downs played in all five games for the Raptors as Toronto went 3-2 and lost in the quarterfinals to Phoenix. Downs averaged 24.0 minutes/game, 9.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.0 assists. He scored in double figures three times with 12 points against Denver and 11 against both Sacramento and San Antonio. He had a high of 6 rebounds against Phoenix.
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