Summer League Rumors
Brandon Clarke had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Grizzlies to a 95-92 victory Monday over the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the championship game of the NBA summer league. “It was a lot of fun, this is why I do what I do,” said Jenkins, the only NBA head coach to coach a summer league team. “I love to compete, love to teach and have a great group of guys on the court and our staff off the court. It was so much fun to work with them for 20 days. It’s a lot to do in a short amount of time. And to be able to win a championship is fun. I told the guys this morning, when you have a chance to win a championship, there’s nothing like it.”
Clarke, who was named overall MVP for the summer league, also had three blocks and four assists to earn MVP honors for the championship game, too. The No. 21 overall pick in the June NBA draft had four double-doubles in the tournament. “I feel like I’ll just fit in perfectly [with Memphis] because his system and his culture is similar to what it was like at college at Gonzaga,” Clarke said of Jenkins. “It was just really fun playing for him. He was just a really great coach. Every day he was up to play hard and up to get us better. It was awesome playing for him.”
ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla called Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett “inefficient” in NBA Summer League play — and it’s tough to argue with that analysis. In five Summer League games, Barrett averaged 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting just 30 percent from the floor. He was 7-of-30 from deep (23 percent). The Knicks were picked to win Summer League but failed to make the playoffs.
“Quite honestly, R.J. Barrett played exactly like I thought he would,” Fraschilla said Monday night on ESPN after Memphis won the Summer League title. “He scored points, he got better as the Summer League went on, but inefficient. He scored in that 15-16 range. Still not making the 3. And I wouldn’t necessarily call him a disappointment as much as he is going to be a guy early in his career that will score, but not efficiently until the jump shot improves.
Brandon Clarke made a dunk with 10.7 seconds left in overtime and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 88-86 on Sunday in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League semifinals. The Grizzlies will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night in the title game. Minnesota beat Brooklyn 85-77 in the second semifinal. Clarke had 23 points — including four in overtime — and 14 rebounds to lead Memphis. Tyler Harvey, whose 3-pointer tied it in regulation, added 13 points, and Bruno Caboclo had 12.