NBA Summer League Notes: Wembanyama, Holmgren shine

Source: Thibault Camus/Associated Press

Las Vegas has been the center of the basketball world’s attention over the weekend, as it opened NBA Summer League play at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion. Among the headlining players participating in the exhibition games are Victor Wembanyama and Brandon Miller, the league’s top draft picks in 2023, as well as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Oklahoma City’s Chet Holmgren.

Wembanyama and Miller faced off head-to-head for the first time since being drafted No. 1 and No. 2 overall by the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets, respectively, and both players logged significant minutes in their first taste of NBA action. Wembanyama posted nine points on 2/13 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists and five blocks, showcasing just a glimpse of the French seven-footer’s outrageous upside.

Miller also stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points on 5/15 shooting with 11 rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block. Miller was the only player drafted in the top five to play NCAA basketball in the 2022-23 season, where he attended Alabama.

Fellow top-five picks Scoot Henderson and Amen Thompson were both injured in their Summer League debuts and will miss time. In Thompson’s case, he is out for the remainder of Summer League play due to his ankle injury.

Oklahoma City Thunder C Chet Holmgren is back in action after missing all of his rookie season due to injury, and he impressed in his 2023 debut with 16 points on 5/10 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.

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