After a short, four-game schedule in Vegas on Day 1 of NBA Summer League, the event picked things up with a seven-game offering on Day 2.
Besides providing basketball junkies with something that resembles high-level NBA basketball to whet our appetites while we wait for the real thing, the summer league slate offers fans the first glimpse at the league's rookies. And it's an opportunity for young players to show off their improvement for scouts.
With star rookies like Otto Porter, Ben McLemore and Shabazz Muhammad all in action, there were plenty of intriguing up-and-comers to watch. Here's a rundown of all the games from Saturday's slate in Vegas, including notable stats and highlights.
Scores, highlights and statistics via NBA.com.
Kent Bazemore Shines as Warriors Top Wizards
For what it's worth, the Golden State Warriors have been the kings of summer league action recently. Not like the Sacramento Kings, like actual royal kings. According to Jordan Ramirez of ESPN, the team hasn't lost a summer league game since 2011:
No surprise, Draymond and Bazemore are the standouts. Warriors still haven't lost a SL game since 2011.— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) July 13, 2013
This time, second-year guard Kent Bazemore was the star for the Warriors as they won the game 56-52 on the the strength of his 21-point performance. The former Old Dominion star was 7-of-14 from the field and dished out three assists, including this one in which he found Dwayne Jones in the lane for the dunk:
For the Wizards, there wasn't too much to be excited about. Rookie Otto Porter struggled, scoring just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field.
However, second-round selection Glen Rice provided a few highlight plays. Primarily a nice dunk as he drove to the lane after getting the defender off of his feet with a nice pump fake.
Ben McLemore Has Less-Than-Ideal Debut in Kings Loss
The Ben McLemore era didn't get off to the best of starts in Vegas. The No. 7 overall selection scored just 11 points on 4-of-23 shooting, as the Sacramento Kings lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 76-73.
Josh Akognon, who played just three games for the Mavericks last season, led the way for Dallas. The 27-year-old posted 22 points with an 8-of-14 shooting performance, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Jae Crowder also shined with 16 points and eight rebounds for the winning team.
Forward Drew Gordon posted the best line of the game, surprisingly; the 23-year-old scored 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings in the losing effort.
Stefhon Hannah Steals the Show for D-League Select Team in Win Over T'Wolves
Two-time D-League Defensive Player of the Year Stefhon Hannah showed that scouts should be as impressed with his offensive game as they are with his defensive prowess in an 83-81 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Hannah, who shot just 34 percent on the season for the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, impressed with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Given his track record for good defense in the developmental league, the hot hand has to have scouts paying extra attention to him as the summer league progresses.
Shabazz Muhammad headlined the group of rookies involved in this game as the No. 14 pick in the 2013 draft made his T'Wolves debut. Overall, the forward didn't show too much, scoring seven points in 24 minutes on the floor, but he did provide a highlight with this fancy move from the baseline.
Andrew Goudelock Leads Chicago Bulls to Convincing Victory over Memphis Grizzlies
Andrew Goudelock played impressively in three playoff games (12 points per game) for the Los Angeles Lakers last postseason. He showed in his first summer league game that he's capable of continuing that success with Chicago.
The College of Charleston product shot 9-of-15, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, for 26 points to lead all scorers.
Tony Wroten, the No. 25 pick in the 2012 NBA draft , was most impressive for the Grizzlies. The 6'6" guard tallied 17 points and four assists, including this pretty no-look pass to Willie Reed.
Bulls first-round selection Tony Snell scored seven points in 34 minutes in his debut.
Phoenix Suns Down Portland Trail Blazers Despite Strong Performance from C.J. McCollum
C.J. McCollum made a good impression in his debut, but it was not enough, as the Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 82-69.
McCollum shot 9-of-19 in the game for 22 points to lead all scorers. While he didn't do much facilitating (four assists), his explosive first step was on full display, as evidenced by this highlight jam.
Markieff also made the highlight reel with this thunderous dunk.
John Henson's Double-Double Leads Milwaukee Bucks Past Denver Nuggets
John Henson, Milwaukee's first-round pick in 2012, made his mark on the Vegas summer league early for the Bucks. He scored 11 points in the first quarter and went on to post a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. The Bucks won, 88-74.
Henson wasn't the only one getting involved in the offense for the Bucks, though. Dominique Jones flashed his potential as a scoring guard with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
The Nuggets didn't have any players that really stood out in the loss. Luke Harangody and Ben Uzoh each had 11 points for tops on the Denver squad.
Jonas Valanciunas Lights It Up in Toronto Raptors Loss to Miami Heat
The Toronto Raptors may have lost to the Miami Heat, but Jonas Valanciunas was the biggest winner in the game.
The No. 5 pick in the 2011 NBA draft attacked the rim early and often, dunking his way to a cool 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting. The Lithuanian center also chipped in seven rebounds in 25 minutes on the court for a well-rounded performance.
The Miami Heat roster doesn't feature many contributors from last season's actual team, but D.J. Kennedy made his case to get some attention with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting.