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NBA Summer League: Day 1 Holds Surprising Performances From The Young Rookies

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2021 NBA Summer League

The 2021 NBA Summer League has started off today at the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. The 75 game event is set to take place from the 7th of August till the 18th. The League will feature all 30 NBA teams with their respective rookie picks from this year. Here’s what you need to know about the seven games that took place today.

Summer League 2021: The Rookies who had a point to prove

Day 1 of the Summer League saw some phenomenal performances. Scottie Barnes and Jalen Green were the only top 5 picks who made headlines.  Antonio Blakeney and Payton Pritchard aren’t even top 20 picks and scored 27 and 23 respectively. Even 20th pick Jalen Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks scored 20 points. 

Scottie Barnes had to prove that he deserved to be the 4th pick. Barnes, drafted by the Toronto Raptors this year, scored 18 points,10 rebounds, and 5 assists. He definitely is proving the critics wrong. Another perfect example of a rookie with something to prove is Sharife Cooper. For someone with his skill set, Cooper was drafted low. Cooper made sure to come out all guns blazing in his summer league debut.

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Day 1: Match results and highlights

Boston Celtics beat Atlanta Hawks 85-83. Toronto Raptors beat NY Knicks 89-79. The Portland Trail Blazers beat Charlotte Hornets 93-86. Houston Rockets beat Cleveland Cavaliers 84-76.  OKC Thunder beat Detroit Pistons 76-72. Miami Heat beat Denver Nuggets 97-77. LA Lakers beat Phoenix Suns 73-72. 

Some of the stand-out highlights include Jericho Sims, who shook things up with a monster poster dunk in his very first game.

Sharife Cooper shows off his dime arsenal which was like a moment to announce his entry into the league.

19th pick, Kai Jones went sky-high and jammed the rim for the Charlotte Hornets.

Day 1 of the Summer League was definitely for the underdogs. Players who were low draft picks put up amazing performances.  70 action-packed games are yet to commence. Based on today, we can only expect thrilling games and highlight plays throughout the summer league.

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