NBA Summer League 2015: Thursday Schedule, Latest Las Vegas Standings and Stats

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2015

New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis plays in an NBA summer league basketball game against San Antonio Spurs Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. New York Knicks won 78-73. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)
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Thursday, the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League starts Round 2 of its single-elimination tournament as the bracket continues to showcase the Association's up-and-coming players.

The three preliminary games to decide seeds and Wednesday's Round 1 were thrilling, but eight teams are already out the door and the competition will only intensify as the bracket progresses.

For hoops fans with an itch in need of a good scratch, nothing will beat Thursday's action. Here's a look at the schedule, who excels where so far and some of the important names to watch.

Here is a look at the Thursday schedule, via NBA.com:

Cox Pavilion
MatchupTime (PT)
No. 24 Milwaukee vs. No. 8 Phoenix1 p. m.
No. 22 Dallas vs. No. 6 NBA D-League3 p.m.
No. 20 Washington vs. No. 4 New Orleans5 p.m.
No. 17 Chicago vs. No. 1 Toronto7 p.m.
Thomas & Mack
MatchupTime (PT)
No. 12 Golden State vs. No. 5 New York1:30 p.m.
No. 10 Brooklyn vs. No. 7 San Antonio3:30 p.m.
No. 14 Atlanta vs. No. 3 Denver5:30 p.m.
No. 15 Portland vs. No. 2 Boston7:30 p.m.

Here's an updated look at player stats and standings as the Las Vegas Summer League transitions to Thursday's action:

Las Vegas Points Leaders
Seth CurryNOP 25.0
Zach LaVineMIN 22.0
Kyle AndersonSAS 21.3
Glen RiceHOU 21.0
Alan WilliamsHOU 20.0
Rebound Leaders
Alex LenPHX 11.0
Jordan MickeyBOS 10.7
Sim BhullarSAC 10.0
Lucas NogueiraTOR 10.0
Ognjen KuzmicGSW 9.5
Assist Leaders
Larry Drew IINOP 9.0
Tim FrazierPOR 7.5
Emmanuel MudiayDEN 7.3
Jorge GutierrezMIL 6.0
Ramon GallowayCHI 5.5
Boston Celtics309.0
New Orleans Pelicans307.5
Denver Nuggets308.0
New York Knicks306.5
Toronto Raptors309.5
Brooklyn Nets315.5
Phoenix Suns217.0
San Antonio Spurs217.0
NBA D-League Select217.0
Atlanta Hawks225.5
Chicago Bulls225.0
Golden State Warriors226.0
Houston Rockets227.5
Portland Trail Blazers225.0
Washington Wizards224.5
Cleveland Cavaliers135.0
Dallas Mavericks135.0
Los Angeles Lakers137.0
Miami Heat135.0
Milwaukee Bucks137.0
Minnesota Timberwolves135.0
Sacramento Kings134.0
Utah Jazz135.5
Philadelphia 76ers044.0

Complete summer league stats available at NBA.com. 

Players to Watch on Thursday

Devin Booker, G, Phoenix Suns

Ronda Churchill/Associated Press

It hasn't taken long for many to figure out why the guard-happy Phoenix Suns spent a first-round pick on Kentucky product Devin Booker. 

Booker posted 12 points in his Las Vegas debut, struggled with four points in the following contest, then exploded for a team-high 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field to boost the Suns to a win.

He took to Twitter to celebrate:

Devin Booker @DevinBook

Great team win today. Having a great time representing Phoenix out here in summer league. https://t.co/hZZsb7LkrI

Booker's star continues to rise in a quick manner, and he will play a pivotal role in Thursday's Round 2 clash with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Any momentum gained in Las Vegas may help Booker earn himself a bigger portion of the playing-time pie along with Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe, so keep a close eye on the rookie to see if his hot shooting continues.

Terry Rozier, G, Boston Celtics

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

The Boston Celtics also committed to a rather head-scratching strategy on draft day with the selection of Louisville's Terry Rozier.

Rozier wasn't a bad prospect or value by any means. In fact, he was one of the most praised when it came to maturity and ability to make an impact right away.

But he's also similar to Boston guard Marcus Smart, which gives the team a bit of redundancy in the backcourt.

The praise continues to come in from all angles for Rozier, who is a large part of the reason the Celtics were one of the 3-0 teams after the preliminary round. Coach Brad Stevens heaped praise on his rookie guard, per Marc D'Amico of Celtics.com:

Marc D'Amico @Marc_DAmico

"I think he's got a high ceiling. I really like him." - Brad Stevens on Terry Rozier

Last Sunday, Rozier took control for the Celtics with Smart getting a day off. The result? A game-high 22 points with five assists thanks to aggressive play.

With each game, it becomes clearer Rozier will see plenty of time as a rookie. Round 2 might reinforce the idea.

Kristaps Porzingis, F, New York Knicks

The New York Knicks, of course, were the team to confuse the globe the most thanks to the selection of Kristaps Porzingis.

It's funny, though, because the Knicks also went 3-0 in the preliminary round. Porzingis scored 12 in his debut, then nine apiece in his next two showings.

The versatile big man also took to Twitter to celebrate winning the battle against No. 3 pick Jahlil Okafor:

Kristaps Porzingis @kporzee

Got that W against Philly. It was great going up against my guy @JahlilOkafor http://t.co/2D0SOAJ8Bc

At just 19 years old, Porzingis has shown just what the Knicks want to see in summer ball—upside.

Sure, he hacked his way to seven fouls in his last outing, but Porzingis continues to hustle his tail off on both ends of the court. It's quite apparent he will be a force when it comes to stretching the court and on the defensive end of things as he develops.

Which is what the summer league is about. There is a trophy hanging in the balance down the road, but for now, Thursday is about the league's future as young talent goes to work.

Stats and info courtesy of NBA.com unless otherwise indicated.

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