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  • DAL Point Guard #11
    Kyrie Irving shot 13-of-28 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line in Wednesday’s 106-99 loss to Boston, accounting for 35 points, three rebounds, two assists, and four 3-pointers in 45 minutes.
    Having struggled in the first two games of the NBA Finals, Irving apologized to teammate Luka Doncic between Games 2 and 3. He stepped up on Wednesday, knocking down four 3-pointers and scoring a game-high 35 points. Irving was at his best during the first half, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and scoring 20 points. However, like many of his teammates, things took a downward turn during the third quarter, and the Mavericks’ fourth-quarter rally was a case of “too little, too late.” Irving, who has lost his last 14 games against the Celtics, will look to avoid being swept on Friday night.
  • LAL Point Guard
    Bronny James logged 24 minutes in Wednesday’s 87-86 win over Atlanta, accumulating 12 points (5-of-11 FGs), one rebound, one steal, and two 3-pointers.
    James’ cold streak in Las Vegas is over, as he hit two 3-pointers in Wednesday’s one-point victory. The second-round pick entered the game shooting 0-of-15 from beyond the arc, so seeing one fall during the first half had to be relieving. Bronny would hit another 3-pointer in the second half, but he played his best basketball of the summer in the first. Wednesday’s performance was a step in the right direction for James, who will require patience as he establishes himself as a professional.
  • LAL Center #14
    Colin Castleton shot 8-of-9 from the field and 1-of-1 from the foul line in Wednesday’s 87-86 win over the Hawks, tallying 17 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 24 minutes.
    While most eyes may have been on Bronny James, Castleton was outstanding as the Lakers picked up their first win in Las Vegas. He only missed one shot from the field and was dominant on the boards, recording a double-double while also tallying six assists. Castleton did not record a blocked shot but did manage to change a few attempts. With Jaxson Hayes and Christian Wood back in the fold, Castleton will have difficulty earning rotation minutes in training camp. But he’s played well enough to earn the opportunity to compete.
  • PHX Power Forward #21
    David Roddy shot 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line in Wednesday’s 100-99 win over Thunder, scoring 21 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
    Roddy had an excellent night, scoring 21 points to help lead the Suns to their first summer league win. His final three points came from the foul line, as he was fouled on a 3-point attempt with just over one-second remaining. Roddy is looking to prove he deserves consistent rotation minutes once the season begins, as he could not get that kind of run after being acquired from the Grizzlies in February. However, Roddy is not a player who has to be selected in fantasy drafts, especially with the Suns re-signing Royce O’Neale.
  • ORL Shooting Guard #13
    Jeff Howard shot 6-of-14 from the field and 6-of-9 from the foul line in Wednesday’s 104-98 loss to Memphis, tallying 21 points, one rebound, three assists, and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.
    Howard has surpassed the 20-point mark in two of his three games in Las Vegas, providing needed offensive production as one of Orlando’s more experienced players in summer league. He could not crack the regular season rotation as a rookie, and the signing of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will make that task difficult in 2024-23. However, Howard appears better equipped to compete than he was last year.
  • MEM Point Guard #1
    Scotty Pippen Jr. amassed 25 points (9-of-14 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes in Wednesday’s 104-98 win over Orlando.
    Pippen has played well throughout the summer and was at his best during the crunch time of Wednesday’s game. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter as Memphis avoided blowing a double-digit lead completely. Pippen’s goal is to show that he deserves to be a backup with the Grizzlies, and he’s played very well in Las Vegas (and Salt Lake City before that). However, that may not be enough to make Pippen a viable fantasy option, as the Grizzlies will have Ja Morant and Marcus Smart in the lineup.
  • MEM Small Forward #45
    GG Jackson finished Wednesday’s 104-98 win over Orlando with 27 points (10-of-20 FGs, 4-of-9 FTs), 13 rebounds, and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
    After playing well at the Salt Lake City summer league, Jackson has been even better in Las Vegas. He finished Wednesday’s victory with his second double-double in as many games, and the Grizzlies have also given Jackson more challenging defensive matchups. That’s the end of the floor where GG needs to improve the most, and while he did not produce any defensive stats against the Magic, the second-year forward was not a liability. He’ll be worth taking a late-round flier on in fantasy drafts this fall.
  • ATL Shooting Guard #20
    Dylan Windler (right elbow injury) will not play in Wednesday’s game against the Lakers.
    Windler, Zaccharie Risacher (quad), Kobe Bufkin (shoulder), and Nikola Djurisic (foot) are all out for Wednesday’s game. As a result, EJ Liddell, Mo Gueye, and Keaton Wallace are the only rostered (meaning regular season roster) Hawks who will be available.
  • ATL Small Forward
    Zaccharie Risacher (right quad contusion) will not play in Wednesday’s game against the Lakers.
    Risacher’s injury is not severe, but his absence means both first-round picks will sit out Wednesday’s matchup. The Lakers have sidelined Dalton Knecht for rest reasons. Risacher’s injury will not linger, so there’s no need to be concerned about the rookie’s training camp availability. Whether or not he plays again this week in Las Vegas remains in the air.
  • LAL Shooting Guard
    Dalton Knecht (rest) has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Hawks.
    Knecht is not dealing with any injuries, but the team has decided that he should take the night off. Knecht shouldered a significant workload between practices, the California Classic, and the NBA 2K25 Summer League in Las Vegas. Hence, the decision to hold him out. The absence of the first-round pick will free up additional opportunities for players such as Maxwell Lewis and Bronny James, with the latter struggling mightily in Las Vegas.
  • CHA Shooting Guard #8
    Nick Smith Jr. shot 4-of-16 from the field in Wednesday’s 89-84 loss to Boston, tallying 12 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, one blocked shot, and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
    Smith did not shoot the ball well on Wednesday, but he did manage to record a full stat line. With Brandon Miller done for the summer, the 27th overall pick in last year’s draft is one Hornets player with more opportunities to shine offensively. Smith may have struggled on Wednesday but has played well in Las Vegas overall. As for his fantasy prospects in 2024-25, it will be tough sledding with a healthy LaMelo Ball (ankle) in the lineup.