Summer League Preview Championship Game
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The National Basketball Association summer league comes down to the tonight’s final game. For all of the Summer League glory, the Memphis Grizzlies will face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves. This game has a tremendous amount of talent on the floor. Here are the players to watch out for:
Brandon Clark has lit up the Summer League. The former Gonzaga forward has played at an elite level in summer league action. Clark has averaged 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. The Grizzlies, 21st pick in the 2019 NBA Draft can be a double double machine that Memphis needs on the roster. Earlier today he was named the MVP or Summer League as well as placing on the 1st Team for Summer League.
Tyler Harvey is another player for the Memphis Grizzlies who is creating a buzz about his game. Originally drafted by the Orlando Magic, but could not find any significant playing time, and his draft rights were traded away to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018. Harvey spent time with the Memphis Hustle this past season before joining their summer league squad. This year Harvey has increased his points per game from 10 to 14 and his three point percentage has gone up from 39 percent to 43 percent. Harvey hit a game tying three in the semifinals game to send the game into overtime where the Grizzlies defeated the Pelicans.
Yuta Watanabe is a 6-9 forward on a two way contract with the Grizzlies. Watabe played for George Washington in college and joined Memphis last season, spending most of his time with the Memphis Hustle. During the Summer League Watabe has really stepped up his points per game has gone up fro two to 13.5 per game. He has been injured in the playoffs of Summer League, but he could make the biggest impact for the Grizzlies during the regular season.
Naz Reid is a center who played for LSU who went undrafted before signing a Two-Way Contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. At LSU Reid averaged 13.7 points in 27 minutes. Naz Reid in six games at Summer league has averaged 12.5 points per game. In the Timberwolves’ semifinal game Reid scored 20 points while adding six rebounds.
Kelan Martin is an undrafted Small Forward who played four years at Butler. Martin is a unrestricted Free Agent so he has alot to prove to this club. At Butler Kelan Martin was a career 15.5 points per game player. Martin was a 43 percent shooter from the field and shot 34 percent from three. This year on summer League he has averaged 11.8 points per game.
CREEK AND MCLAUGHLIN
Mitchell Creek and Jordan McLaughlin both went undrafted and unrestricted guards. Both Creek and McLaughlin averaged ten points in 25 minutes per game. As you can see both McLaughlin and Creek are both consistent players.
In conclusion this Summer League Matchup is a undefeated Minnesota Timberwolves versus 5-1 Memphis Grizzlies. Both teams have tremendous talent on each squad. So this should be a fun game to watch tonight on ESPN 2