Spartans in the pros: NBA summer league edition

Summer league play in the NBA wraps up Monday with the championship game in Las Vegas.

Here’s a look at how former Michigan State and Lansing-area players performed in the summer league sessions in both Orlando and Las Vegas.

KEITH APPLING (Portland Trail Blazers)
Key stats: 2.5 points
Appling, who landed with Portland after not being picked in the draft, appeared in just two games during Las Vegas Summer League play.  He received the most playing time in a 75-73 loss to Utah on Friday, scoring 2 points and adding an assist and a steal in 11 minutes.

SHANNON BROWN (New York Knicks)
Key stats: 7.4 points, 1.4 rebounds
The veteran NBA guard finished last season with the Knicks and helped the team to a 4-1 mark in Las Vegas. Brown shot 41.9 percent from the field, averaged 14 minutes per contest and scored in double figures twice. He had 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting in a 71-69 win over Portland on July 12 and had 10 points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in an 80-73 victory over Dallas on Thursday.

GARY HARRIS (Denver Nuggets)
Key stats: 18.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists
Harris, who was picked 19th overall by the Chicago Bulls before being traded to Denver during last month’s draft, scored at least 15 points in four of the five games for the Nuggets, which finished 1-4 in Las Vegas. The summer league session began on a high note for Harris, who scored 33 points on 10 of 17 shooting (5 of 10 from 3) and added six rebounds in a 110-82 win over Toronto. Shooting struggles followed as Harris had 1 of 12 and 6 of 20 performances. Harris shot just 32.1 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc in Vegas.

KALIN LUCAS (Memphis Grizzlies)
Key stats: 8.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 48 percent shooting
Lucas, who spent last season in the NBA D-League with the Iowa Energy, played and started four games for the Grizzlies during the Orlando Summer League. Memphis won three of the four games he played. Lucas’ best game came in an 80-73 win over Orlando as he had 14 points (5 of 7 shooting), four rebounds, three assists and just one turnover in 19 minutes.

ADREIAN PAYNE (Atlanta Hawks)
Key stats: 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds
Payne, who was picked 15th overall by the Hawks in June’s draft, scored in double figures in each of Atlanta’s six games in Las Vegas and shot 37.5 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. Payne’s most efficient game came in an 88-65 win over Portland when he had 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting, which included making 3 of 5 3-pointers. He ended the summer with 11 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s loss to the Houston Rockets in the quarterfinals in Vegas.

Payne was also featured in this story on the NBA Hangtime blog that was posted late Saturday night.

TRAVIS BADER (Philadelphia 76ers/Golden State Warriors)
Key stats: 9.4 points, 1.4 assists with 76ers in Orlando / 2.3 points with Warriors in Las Vegas
Bader, the Okemos native and former Oakland standout, appeared in and started all five games for Philadelphia during the Orlando Summer League. He averaged 9.4 points and shot 41 percent from the floor and 39.3 percent from behind the 3-point arc while helping Philadelphia to a 4-1 mark and the Orlando Summer League title. Bader had his best game of the summer in the clinching victory for the 76ers, scoring 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting (4 of 9 from 3-point range) in the 91-75 win over Memphis. In Las Vegas, Bader played in just three of the Warriors’ five games. He shot just 3 of 14 from the field in and 1 of 10 3-pointers while coming off the bench for Golden State.


Above photo of Gary Harris was taken by USA Today Sports during last month’s NBA draft

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2 Responses to Spartans in the pros: NBA summer league edition

  1. avatar GBBound says:

    Just got back from Vegas and watching several NBA Summer League games. You forgot to mention Shannon Brown who averaged 7.4 PPG playing with the New York Knicks

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