Now that the NBA Summer league has made its way to Vegas, more former Kentucky players are getting to show what they can do, and they are taking advantage of the opportunity.
Friday night was the first night of games in Vegas and former players including Alex Poythress, Marquis Teague, Derek Willis, Isaiah Briscoe, Dakari Johnson, Malik Monk, Aaron Harrison, Marcus Lee, Hamidou Diallo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander all took to the floor.
Poythress, Briscoe, Johnson, and Monk all made their playing time count and really showcased what they are capable of.
For Alex, he was released by the Pacers earlier in the week but is getting a chance to prove himself in the summer league and will hopefully play his way back into a contract.
Isaiah Briscoe had a big week in signing a deal with the Orlando Magic. He and the Magic won 86-80 over the Nets and Briscoe finished with 16 points on 6/12 shooting, grabbed 3 rebounds, had 4 assists, and had 2 steals.
One thing Briscoe has proven is that if someone goes undrafted, hard work pays off in the end and can land you an NBA contract like it did for him.
Dakari Johnson and the Thunder took an 87-88 loss to Monk and the Hornets. Johnson had 20 points on 7/14 shooting, grabbed 8 rebounds, had 3 assists and 3 steals.
Unlike Briscoe, Johnson was able to make his way up the ladder through the G-League rather than overseas but like Briscoe, hard work payed off for Johnson.
Malik Monk had a roller coaster rookie season in the league but never really looked like the Malik that we saw at Kentucky. However, tonight we saw just that. Monk finished with 23 points on 9/16 shooting after having an impressive 15-point first quarter. He also had 2 assists and 2 steals. Hopefully Monk will have a much better second season in the league.
Hopefully, all the guys without contracts will continue to have a successful summer league and will all find themselves on an NBA contract in the future.