NBA Summer League 2021: Friday Schedule, Latest Las Vegas Bracket and Stats
The NBA is rolling through Sin City with nearly a week's worth of games in the books at the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League.
The annual event is never short on optimism, as fans let their imaginations run wild while watching what they hope will be their teams' stars of tomorrow. While summer-league success doesn't always carry over to the regular season—Anthony Morrow is the all-time record-holder for most points in a game—it still feels like a useful measuring stick, especially for incoming rookies getting their first taste of NBA action.
After laying out Friday's seven-game slate, we'll check how the event is unfolding with an updated look at the standings and a snapshot of some of the top statistical performers.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 4 p.m. ET on ESPN3
Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz, 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 6 p.m. ET on ESPN3
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2
New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings, 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10 p.m. ET on ESPN3
Summer League Standings
Boston Celtics: 3-0
New Orleans Pelicans: 2-0
Sacramento Kings: 2-0
Miami Heat: 2-0
Minnesota Timberwolves: 2-0
Utah Jazz: 2-0
Philadelphia 76ers: 2-0
Toronto Raptors: 2-1
Houston Rockets: 2-1
New York Knicks: 2-1
Brooklyn Nets: 2-1
Portland Trail Blazers: 2-1
Golden State Warriors: 1-1
Memphis Grizzlies: 1-1
Cleveland Cavaliers: 1-1
Milwaukee Bucks: 1-1
Los Angeles Lakers: 1-1
Oklahoma City Thunder: 1-1
Atlanta Hawks: 1-2
Indiana Pacers: 1-2
San Antonio Spurs: 1-2
Chicago Bulls: 1-2
Orlando Magic: 1-2
Phoenix Suns: 1-2
Washington Wizards: 0-2
Dallas Mavericks: 0-2
Los Angeles Clippers: 0-2
Detroit Pistons: 0-2
Denver Nuggets: 0-3
Charlotte Hornets: 0-3
In a perfect world, second-year players should look like they don't belong in Las Vegas. That's what the Knicks are seeing from sophomores Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin.
Quickley ranks among the summer's top four in both points (24.0, third) and assists (7.7, fourth). Toppin sits top 20 in points (21.0, 13th) and rebounds (9.3, 16th). Again, this doesn't mean New York suddenly has two ascending stars on its hand, but it's encouraging nonetheless.
Speaking of standout sophomores, Philadelphia's Tyrese Maxey is putting on a show. After opening with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists, he upped the ante in each category with 31, six and five, respectively, his second time out. He's also shooting an even 50 percent from the field.
Before Houston's Jalen Green was forced out of Thursday's action (and perhaps the rest of summer league), he was living up his billing as the best scorer in the 2021 draft. In his first two contests, which included a head-to-head duel with top pick Cade Cunningham, Green netted 48 points on 29 shots, going 7-of-14 from three and 11-of-12 at the line. Thursday, he had 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting (3-of-5 from range) in 12 minutes.
After a rocky first outing, Cunningham seemed to turn the corner in his second outing. He poured in 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (4-of-9 from three) to go along with four rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in 29 minutes.
Let's wrap with a big tip of the cap toward Miami's 7-footer Omer Yurtseven. He turned an electric two-game showing at the California Classic—52 points, 27 rebounds, five threes and four blocks—into a two-year NBA contract. Then, he picked up where he left off, tallying 23 points, 11 boards and four rejections in his Las Vegas debut on Wednesday.