2018 Summer League standouts: Day 1

NBA.com Global on Jul 04, 2018 07:19 AM
2018 Summer League standouts: Day 1
Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) goes to the basket as Atlanta Hawks' forward John Collins, left, and Omari Spellman (6) defend during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 2, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NBA.com staff report

A look at top performers from the opening night of 2018 Summer League in Salt Lake City and Sacramento:

Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies

The fourth pick in last month’s draft, Jackson wasted no time showing off his shooting range, hitting his first two three-pointers. He finished with eight three's overall, including one from midcourt to beat the halftime buzzer. Jackson, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year last season at Michigan State, added three rebounds and two blocked shots to his 29-point total and soundly outplayed Atlanta’s John Collins, who was an All-Rookie second team selection last season.

Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings

Second-year guard De'Aaron Fox was the Kings' best all-around player with 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists in their 98-93 victory over the Lakers. But all eyes were on Bagley, and the second pick in this year's draft impressed with 18 points, six boards and three blocks. Bagley showed a little bit of everything in his Summer League debut, throwing down a huge dunk over fellow rookie Moritz Wagner (23 points), stepping outside to drill a three-pointer and providing excellent rim protection.

Josh Hart, Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are in desperate need of shooting to support LeBron James, and Hart, coming off a solid rookie season, showed he could be ready help in that department with four three-pointers en route to 23 points. Spot duty at point guard wasn't quite as successful, as he offset four assists with five turnovers before being ejected late in the fourth quarter to nullify the Lakers' comeback hopes.  

Georges Niang, Utah Jazz

Playing on Utah’s Summer League roster as a restricted free agent, Niang may have helped his cause on Day 1, scoring 17 points in a 92-76 victory over the Spurs. Niang, a second-year pro out of Iowa State, played in only nine games (32 minutes total) for the Jazz last season. But he flashed his shooting touch Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), hitting 7-of-12 field goal attempts, including a pair of three's.

Derrick White, San Antonio Spurs

The 29th pick for the Spurs in the 2017 draft out of Colorado, White was easily the best player on the floor for San Antonio, scoring 22 points and collecting seven rebounds and six assists in a losing effort. White made 9-of-21 shots, including three triples, and patiently tried to get his teammates involved on the offensive end.

Kobi Simmons, Memphis Grizzlies

The former Arizona standout who went undrafted in 2017, Simmons made 8-of-13 shots, including 2-of-3 three-pointers, to finish with 21 points in the Grizzlies’ 103-88 win over the Hawks. Simmons, who averaged 15.1 points per game last season in the G League, got going early, hitting seven of his first 10 shots.

Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat

Jones celebrated his first NBA contract, signed on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), with a 24-point, 11-rebound outburst in the Heat's 79-68 loss to the Warriors. In addition to drilling four three-pointers in five attempts, Jones threw down a huge slam in the fourth quarter as the Heat tried to mount a late comeback.

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