Denver Nuggets 99 def. Chicago Bulls 71
Laurence Ekperigin —DEN: Efficient outing for the rookie out of Le Moyne College. 4-4 from the field and wasn't shy in attacking the basket. Going to the basket nine times, Ekperigin scored 14-points in 15-minutes.
Matt Bouldin —CHI: Long-shot to make a roster, but this guy is a scrappy player with a solid basketball IQ. Bouldin has the size to play point guard in the NBA, but will any team give him a look? 8-points and 4 assists shooting 2-4 from downtown.
Samardo Samuels —CHI: Originally a strong prospect coming out of high school, Samuels went undrafted and is now just trying to make a roster. We'll see if he makes waves in the summer league and gets some of the hype back. Relatively limited minutes in his first action, but was active offensively. Went to the line 10 times en-route to scoring 8-points with 3 rebounds, but committed four slopping turnovers.
Cleveland Cavaliers 88 def. D-League Select 82
Marquis Gilstrap –CLE: Playing just two-minutes in this game Gilstraps only recorded statistic for the afternoon, a single turnover. Hopefully we'll get to see a better sample size for this 6'7" athletic wing player.
Manny Harris –CLE: The talented wing player out of Michigan did not see any playing time in this game, but might be featured in later games.
Toronto Raptors 100 def. Houston Rockets 91
Ed Davis –TOR: Playing alongside Weems and DeRozan, Davis wasn't looking to dominate the ball— one thing is certain, if this 6'9" power forward expects to make a roster, he will need to be more assertive and active in the post, calling for the ball. After 26 minutes of play Davis had a forgettable stat line of 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 turnovers.
Solomon Alabi –TOR: Had five offensive rebounds in this game, Alabi used his length to keep some offensive possessions alive. Otherwise a relatively unimpressive stat line for the 7-footer.
Patrick Patterson –HOU: After struggling for a couple games, Patterson put it back together and had a solid performance. Patterson is one of the few quality big men this year who can play both inside and out—the former Kentucky Wildcat had 14 points and 9 rebounds in this one. Unable to match the play of an outstanding first game, this guy still looks like he's gonna be a solid rotation player for the Rockets this year.
Ishmael Smith –HOU: The speedy point guard put together a solid effort with 9 assists with only one turnover in 22-minutes. However, the lack of a consistent jumper hurts him, but he can get into the lane and make things happen and could be a nice change of pace backup point guard for a team.
Memphis Grizzlies 67 def. Milwaukee Bucks 64
Greivis Vasquez –MEM: This ACC player of the year didn't shoot the ball well. He's a taller point guard which helps him in some areas, but I don't think he has the athleticism to stay in front of some faster point guards. Again, tough to see where minutes will come from especially with OJ Mayo looking to take over some PG duties this year.
Xavier Henry –MEM: Not with team.
Larry Sanders –MIL: Much better game for the rookie out of VCU. Shot the ball well and even acquiring a couple from behind the arch. Sanders looks comfortable from both the outside as well as in paint. High motor with a solid all around game with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Came up clutch, tying the game on a 3-pointer in the last couple seconds.
Tiny Gallon –MIL: The big guy really cleaned the glass in 21-minutes on the court, grabbing 11 boards. Efficient scorer as he can really bang down low, but he has some turnover issues. Gallon finished with 8-points on 4-6 shooting with a total of 6 turnovers.
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