2008 NBA Summer League – Las Vegas

Every summer in Las Vegas it goes down. The NBA hosts its summer league there and it’s a time for rookies and undrafted free agents and sometimes even league veterans to showcase their skills, work on their games or try and make the team. This summer is no different. Some of the top rookies from the 2008 draft are in Vegas getting it on and I just thought I’d write about a few guys and what they’ve done so far going into day 3.

OJ Mayo has been doing his thing. On the first day of the camp he put up 15 points and he admittedly was nervous because he said that he didn’t expect there to be so many people at a summer league game. But the way he dunked on the New Orleans Hornets Hilton Armstrong you couldn’t tell. On the second day, he broke out and put up 26 points. He’s also been very effective on defense.



Eric Gordon has been going to work as well. He’s been in a shooting slump (9-28 from the field) but he’s been getting to the line and is 16-21 after 2 games. On day one he put up 23 points and yesterday he put up 15 points but had to leave the game with a strained hamstring. His next game will be against Mayo and the Memphis Grizzlies.


Anthony Randolph, the skinny kid from LSU broke out for 30 points in his first and only game and is the leading scorer in the summer league. He was 12-18 from the field and he also had 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. The uptempo style that the Golden State Warriors play will definitely benefit him. His second game will be this afternoon.



DJ Augustin was probably the most efficent player of all the rookies on his first day of competition putting up 14 points (4-9 from the field, 5-6 FT’s). He only had 2 assists which for a PG is unacceptable, but he did display his speed and quickness and made getting by his defender look easy.


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