The Memphis Grizzlies knocked off the Phoenix Suns 102-98 in Round 2 of the 2017 NBA Summer League Las Vegas tournament. Wayne Selden led the Grizzlies, as he has throughout this Summer League, with 33 points on 10 of 17 shooting. Baldwin was once again a force of nature and played the part of closer well, going toe-to-toe with the Suns’ Mike James and besting him by a possession as James threw a poor pass close to the end of the game that sunk Phoenix. He also showed his athleticism and further proved he is a man among boys in Vegas.
Other highlights from this game...
- Wade Baldwin played what was easily his best game of the Summer League to this point. Wade was 8-11 shooting on his way to 21 points. He was aggressive getting to the rim and hit a clutch three to help the Grizzlies get the lead late in the game...
He still commits too many turnovers (2 tonight) compared to his assists(2 tonight), which is concerning with regard to NBA-ready play. But if you’re committed to the long game of development with Baldwin, this was a good step forward. He was active, he was engaged on both ends of the floor, and led Memphis in +/- with a +13 showing. A good showing for Wade.
- The same can be said of Deyonta Davis, who showed more offensive versatility in his game than he has at any point...well, maybe ever as a Memphis Grizzly. He didn’t gather as many rebounds as he has in previous contests (4 boards in this game) but his 7-8 shooting performance was a welcome sight. He even hit mid-range jumpers! While it was good to see him attack the rim like this...
It was even better to see that mid-range shot fall. A pick and pop threat to add on to the potential of his pick and roll finishes?
Don’t sell your Deyonta Davis stock just yet. He’s coming along.
- It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Jarell Martin defended well but was pretty nonexistent offensively and grabbed only one rebound in 18 minutes of play. Kobi Simmons, Dillon Brooks, and Rade Zagorac all shot a combined 5-22 from the field, although Brooks (1-2) and Zagorac (2-4) were good from beyond the arc.
In order for Memphis to continue to advance in the tournament, they will need more production from these players that they are counting on with regard to the main roster/G-League team the Memphis Hustle.
Summer League is about development...but winning is good, too. As Memphis advances in this tournament, how Coach Cyprien and the Grizzlies handle players like Selden bears watching. Wayne has shown plenty - there’s nothing more for him to prove, and it could be deemed silly to risk him getting injured in pursuit of a Summer League title.
But then again, this young core of Grizzlies is starting to find its groove. It would be nice for these pieces that figure to play a part in the future of Memphis basketball to play and taste success together as much as possible, even if it is in Vegas at the Summer League.
Saturday’s roster will be telling with regard to where Memphis thinks they stand with their young players. For now, this was a solid win against a game Phoenix team, making the squad 4-0 in Vegas. Up next for the Grizzlies are the Miami Heat on Saturday in the Quarterfinals.