NBA Summer League Update

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With all 32 teams playing 4 games though the last 8 days, there will be an 8 team tournament for teams giving a chance to win the NBA Summer League championship while the other 24 teams get 1 consolation game.

After his 4 games, only playing in 3 with the Memphis Grizzlies Ben Lawson averaged 12.3 minutes per game, 6.3 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. If he can help his team win the summer league title it will give him 3 more games to show off his skill set in hopes of making 1 of the 30 NBA training camps. His next game will be Saturday at 3:30 vs Boston Celtics on ESPN.

During Darius Thompson 4 games with the Toronto Raptors he showed improvements each game and in game 4 was able to start. While on the court he averaged 4.3 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game and 1 steal per game while only play 12.3 minutes per game. With the improvement shown though the 4 games Darius might see himself working his way into a possible G-League team. The Raptors will have 1 more game today at 3:00 on ESPN U against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Darius Thompson Gets The Start Tonight In NBA Summer League | WKU Connection

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Thursday night the Toronto Raptors took on the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. And a familiar face to WKU fans was announced during the starting lineups.

On Thursday night Darius Thompson recived his first start in the Summer League, finishing with: 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist in 15 minutes of playing time. The Raptors went on to defeat the Pacers (94-79).

Thompson has improved throughout the week in Las Vegas. He began the week barely seeing any time on the court at all, to starting the final game of the summer league before tournament play begins. Darius likely won’t make the roster for the defending champion Raptors, but hopefully his skill set can earn him a spot somewhere in the NBA G-League this upcoming season.

Thompson’s Game 3 production in the Las Vegas Summer League

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The Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 85-73 last night. That was the teams first win during this years summer league now sitting at 1-2 and in 18th place with 1 more game to go. Darius Thompson played 20 minutes scoring 5 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. It was a solid game for Thompson, hopefully he will be able to build on this performance and have another solid game against the Indiana Pacers Thursday.

Darius Thompson 2nd Game Of Las Vegas NBA Summer League | WKU Connection

David Dow/ Getty Images- LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 8: Darius Thompson #51 of the Toronto Raptors shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on July 8, 2019 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Former WKU G Darius Thompson got off to a slow start in his first summer league game vs. the Warriors, totaling 0 points and 2 rebounds in 5 minutes of action on Saturday night. The Raptors lost (71-80).

Tonight however, Thompson made the most of his minutes vs. the San Antonio Spurs. Darius finished with 7 points and 1 rebound. The Raptors would go on to lose (90-93).

Darius made the most of his opportunity tonight vs. the Spurs. He was one of only two Raptors off the bench with a positive +/- (+1). Hopefully Darius will get a larger role with the Raptors in their remaining games. Those games are:

Tuesday – vs. New York Knicks @ 8:30 PM on NBA TV

Thursday – vs. Indiana Pacers @ 5 PM on NBA TV

*Following games are TBA based on pool play standings*

Stay tuned throughout the remainder of Summer League to keep up with former Hilltoppers participating.

Lawson’s Game 2 performance

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The Memphis Grizzlies were able to defeat the LA Clippers 87-75 last night. The Grizzlies are now 2 and 0. The former WKU player Ben Lawson came in off the bench for 13 minutes scoring 5 points all from free throws, 4 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 assist.

The Grizzles will play their third game of the NBA Summer League Tuesday vs. the Phoenix Suns at 6:30 PM on ESPN 3 or NBA TV.

Tonight we will see Darius Thompson in action as the Toronto Raptors face off against San Antonio Spurs at 6:00 PM on ESPN U.

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Ben Lawson

After having a good first few games with the Memphis Grizzles will be play on:

1st: July 6th at 7:00 PM EST against the Indiana Pacers on NBA TV.

2nd: LA Clippers on July 7th at 11:30PM EST.

3rd: Phoenix Suns on July 9th at 7:30 PM EST.

Finally: Boston Celtics on July 11th at 10:30 PM EST.

Lawson had a strong week in the Salt Lake City games averaging 15 minutes per game, Scoring 6.3 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 1 block per game.

Darius Thompson

Will be suiting up for the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors.

1st: Golden State Warriors on July 7th at 12:00 AM EST on ESPN.

2nd: July 8th against San Antonio Spurs at 7:00 PM EST on ESPN U.

3rd: New York Knicks on July 9th at 9:30PM EST on NBA TV.

Finally: July 11th against the Indiana Pacers at 6:00PM EST on NBA TV.

After all four game each team there will be a single elimination tournament. Both of these guys have had good starts overseas to their pro careers last season in their respective countries. They are expect to make vast improvements from the end of the season to this summer league in hopes to impress an NBA franchise.