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.

Ben Lawson Game 4 Recap

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The Memphis Grizzlies lost game 4 to the Boston Celtics 113-87 giving them a 3-1 mark on the summer league. Ben Lawson did not get any minutes until the second half where he recorded 7 minutes scoring 7 points, 2 steals, and a rebound.

The Memphis Grizzlies will play again on July 13th at 3:30 on ESPN against the Boston Celtics. They will be apart of the 8 team tournament which will take place over the next 3 days it will be single elimination tournament.

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.

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.

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up On A Charles Bassey Return | WKU Connection

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With the deadline for college athletes wishing to return to college basketball next season quickly approaching (11:59 PM EST) it doesn’t look like Charles Bassey will be making a return for his sophomore season.

Yesterday, Stadium insider Jeff Goodman (Rick Stansbury’s favorite) reported that Bassey is expected to stay in the NBA Draft. As of this afternoon, Bassey was in Los Angeles working out with representatives from the Philadelphia 76ers.

We still have 3 hours to go, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up.