NBA 2K23 Summer League standouts: McClung and Cuminga play for the Warriors


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Jonathan Cuminga and Mac McClung took their games to the next level on Sunday.

The 2K23 2022 NBA Summer League will take place July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.

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LAS VEGAS – They completed the first weekend of NBA Summer League 2K23. Here are the top players from Sunday’s Summer League:

Mac McClung, Golden State Warriors

Mac McClung puts in an incredible assist.

Hey, it’s free agent season in the NBA, in addition to all the summer action at the UNLV campus gyms. So it’s only fitting that McMcClung tore him for Golden State just before the Los Angeles Lakers played on the same court.

Just days earlier, McClung, a 6-foot-2 point guard with two-time NBA play, had played for the Lakers at the California Classic in San Francisco. But he had to come off the bench following other prospects and starting guards, so the 23-year-old Georgetown and Texas Tech player changed teams to get more opportunities in Las Vegas.

All McClung did was score 22 on 9-of-15 shooting against San Antonio with five rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block. He caused two of the biggest moments in the crowd with highlights, including a hyperspeed behind the back pass for a fast break. And last season, the NBA G League Rookie of the Year dazzled players and fans with its energy as it bounced across and off the floor.

Jonathan Cuminga, Golden State Warriors

After a memorable debut on Friday (four points, 2-of-10 shots), the Golden State sophomore G League Elite this time played on points with Scottie Pippen’s flair. He scored 28 points with seven boards and four assists and made 10 of 22 field goals. He’s had five turnovers – a couple of bad decisions trying to get the ball to James Wiseman’s center – but he’s shown both the size and skill that led the Warriors to grab him with the seventh overall pick in the 2021 draft.

Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings

Keegan Murray has shown poise beyond his years during quality performances in the Summer League.

Murray has produced a silky three-pointer so far, and he hasn’t hesitated to launch it against Indiana, taking 12 and hitting four. But his basketball ability was also evident when it counted. Murray’s last-minute cut along the left backline and layups on a deft find by Frankie Ferrari extended Sacramento’s lead to 100–96, with Murray’s foul bringing another point to freeze the game. The 6-foot-8 Wing finished with 23 points before the foul and was up 19 in the seven-point win.

Cam Thomas, Brooklyn Nets

Thomas, a 6-foot-4 Brooklyn guard who was born in Japan but honed as a hoopster at Oak Hill Academy and LSU, scored 26 points in a win over Philadelphia. Thomas and fellow backcourt David Duke Jr. (21 points) combined for 24 points in the second half, with only two players in the game to hit double figures in the last two quarters. Thomas got to the foul line, made 15 free throws and scored them all.

Vernon Carey Jr., Washington Wizards

Carey, a 6ft 9in and 270lb challenge, was a double challenge against Phoenix. Bigman scored 15 points, earning his 7-of-7 mark from the line, and also hit the Suns on the glass for 11 rebounds. The other big player on the Washington tandem, 6-foot-11 Jaime Echenik, made life difficult for the Suns with 12 points and six rebounds as the Wizards controlled a 42-34 lead.

Quentin Grimes, New York Knicks

It wasn’t just his total score (24), it was Grimes’ efficiency. The shooting guard from New York used only 14 field goals and put up a neat 4 of 9 from behind the arc and 6 of 6 from the line. Teammate Jericho Sims had 11 points and 10 boards when the Knicks played the Bulls.

Ty-Shon Alexander, Charlotte Hornets

A sprained right ankle cut short Alexander’s night in Charlotte’s first match on Friday. But the 6-foot-3 guard, who spent the 2020-21 season on a two-way deal with Phoenix, shrugged off any repercussions and scored 22 points on six assists and 4-of-9 3-pointers in nearly 30 minutes Sunday. However, teammate JT Thor in a 4-of-13 shooting game was left with a surprise 3-pointer that beat the Lakers in double overtime. It was good for Charlotte’s first win in Vegas since July 5, 2019.

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Steve Ashburner has been writing about the NBA since 1980. You can email him here, find his archive here and Follow him on Twitter.

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