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NBL connections and Aussies shine at NBA Summer League
As the NBA Summer League ramps up in Las Vegas, the Aussies and several players with NBL connections are still making their mark. The Vegas Summer League is the longest of the three locations, running for ten days and giving coaches and fans an extended look at the NBA prospects on hand. Leading the way is former Melbourne United import, Jordan McRae, who is playing a feature role for the Cavaliers. McRae dominated on Thursday (Australian time) with 32 points and one clutch block. https://vine.co/v/575Hv71YY6T He is now the fourth best scorer in Las Vegas with 23.3 points per game. McRae is also chipping in 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, while making a living at the free throw line where he’s now made 44 FTs from 54 attempts in his four games in the desert. Right there beside McRae was Diamon Simpson (former Adelaide 36ers import) who continued his solid play with an impressive 13 points on 6-7 shooting in just 17 minutes. This was easily his best offensive output so far and he added 4 rebounds, 1 steal and another 3 blocks for good measure. Simpson is now averaging 6.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and has blocked 9 shots through 4 games for the Cavs’ Summer League team.
We're really gonna need a dime emoji. #SummerSixers https://t.co/hhiNWcu3bA — Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) July 13, 2016When talking about Simmons’ passing, ESPN’s Jon Barry said: “His vision is spectacular. It’s Magic Johnson like; it’s Steve Nash like.” Whoever it’s like, there’s no doubt it’s special. Simmons sat yesterday against the D-League Select team, but has been more aggressive in Vegas than he was in Utah. He had his best scoring game of Summer League earlier this week against Chicago with 18 points (7-13 FGs) and is averaging 11.3 points, 7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 3 games in Las Vegas. Simmons was excited to move into the tournament stage in Las Vegas. “We’ve just gotta come together and focus,” said Simmons. “We’re ready to play, I think everyone’s ready to get to the tournament and play...That’s what we’re here for; to play in the tournament." The Sixers play again today, Friday Australia time, versus Brooklyn.