The NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League kicks off Friday with five former UConn Huskies, all recruited and coached by Dan Hurley, in action on opening day.
James Bouknight’s summer has already gotten started. His Charlotte Hornets lost both of their games in the California Classic, held July 3-5 in Sacramento.
Bouknight played 25 minutes and scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting in a loss to San Antonio (playing without 2023 top pick Victor Wembanyama), and followed it up with six points on an off-shooting night — though he did pull down six rebounds — in Charlotte’s defeat to Golden State on Wednesday.
Tyrese Martin is on the Atlanta Hawks’ summer squad this year. He appeared in 16 contests for the Hawks last season, averaging four minutes per game while starring in his appearances for their G League franchise. In 23 games with the College Park Skyhawks, he averaged 18 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. The 2022 second-round pick has shown enough to warrant future consideration but faces an uphill battle to hang on.
For the 2023 draftees, this is likely more of a development run. Jordan Hawkins will be playing with the New Orleans Pelicans with the comfort of a guaranteed contract while the Milwaukee Bucks moved up to grab Andre Jackson in the second round and may be eyeing the new second-round exception to add a quality piece at a good price.
Adama Sanogo, who signed a two-way contract with the Chicago Bulls after going undrafted, along with Martin and Bouknight, have a bit more on the line. Their future with their current franchises and ability to sign with other teams down the road are all up in the air. As a former first-round pick, Bouknight’s contract is guaranteed through the end of this season, after which the Hornets have a team option.
Here’s a rundown of the Vegas schedule for the five teams with Huskies on them:
Friday, July 7
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 4:30 p.m., NBA TV
Jordan Hawkins: 29 mins, 16 points (6-of-15 shooting), 5 assists
Jordan Hawkins Highlights (16 Points, 5 Assists, 2 Steals)— Brady (@sideshowbrady) July 7, 2023
Looked Great pic.twitter.com/N8Vi0txKcr
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets - 5 p.m., ESPNU
Andre Jackson: 26 mins, 9 points (2-of-8 FG), 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks
Jackson caught the attention of everyone watching his Summer League debut. The two blocks came in sequence, separated by a Bucks turnover, both were impressive blocks. He also had a great dunk.
Dre is hosting a block party in Vegas! ️ pic.twitter.com/epZxRI0Fkv— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 7, 2023
“Some things you can’t teach,” Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin said of Jackson’s blocks after the game. “He easily could have given up on those plays. He showed great determination and grit. That defines him. That’s what makes him a special player.”
That evening, the Bucks announced that they’d signed Jackson.
Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors - 6:30 p.m., NBA TV
Adama Sanogo: 18 mins, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals
Charlotte Hornets vs. San Antonio Spurs - 9 p.m., ESPN
James Bouknight: 27 mins, 14 points (6-of-18 FG), 9 rebounds
Atlanta Hawks vs. Sacramento Kings - 10:30 p.m., NBA TV
Tyrese Martin: 23 mins, 5 points (1-of-8 FG), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals
Saturday, July 8
Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Adama Sanogo: 18 mins, 8 points (3-of-5 FG), 12 rebounds
Highlights of Adama Sanogo's Summer League Debut with the Chicago Bulls— Ryan Cassidy (@ryancassidycbb) July 9, 2023
Sanogo recorded 8 points on 3/5 shooting, 12 rebounds (6 offensive) & 1 block
Finished as the leading rebounder of the game and played solid defense on G-League Rookie of the Year Kenneth Lofton pic.twitter.com/ooeYtkDVxN
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m. NBA TV
Andre Jackson: 29 mins, 6 points (3-of-6 FG), 11 rebounds
Andre Jackson Jr doing Andre Jackson Jr things pic.twitter.com/o33OnKW6Y1— Aram Cannuscio (@AC__Hoops) July 9, 2023
Sunday, July 9
Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 4 p.m., ESPN 2
James Bouknight: 23 mins, 10 points (4-of-14 FG), 6 rebounds
Atlanta Hawks vs. Denver Nuggets, 9:30 p.m., NBA TV
Tyrese Martin: 24 mins, 21 points (8-of-12 FG) 4 rebounds
Tyrese Martin leads the way as the @ATLHawks get the win! #NBA2KSummerLeague— NBA (@NBA) July 10, 2023
Kobe Bufkin: 17 PTS, 6 AST, 5 REB
Jalen Pickett: 16 PTS, 5 AST
Collin Gillespie: 16 PTS, 5 3PM
Hunter Tyson: 16 PTS, 3 AST pic.twitter.com/XmoVGCN3pK
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors, 10 p.m., ESPN2
Jordan Hawkins: 28 mins, 16 points (7-of-15 FG), 5 rebounds
(tweet below has a typo on his points but good highlight reel nonetheless)
Jordan Hawkins : 15 points on 7-15 shooting, 1-6 from 3 & 5 rebounds in 28 minutes pic.twitter.com/ip90hMTara— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) July 10, 2023
Tuesday, July 11
Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6 p.m., ESPNU
Andre Jackson: 23 mins, 5 pts (2-of-7 FG), 7 rebounds
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns, 8 p.m. ESPN 2
Jordan Hawkins: 27 mins, 7 points (1-of-12 FG), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Charlotte Hornets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 8:30 p.m., NBA TV
James Bouknight: 14 minutes, 2 pts (0-of-2 FG), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal
Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m., ESPN 2
Adama Sanogo: 22 mins, 15 pts (7-of-10 FG), 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
The big fella is going to work in the post pic.twitter.com/8kQS7oisyn— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 12, 2023
Wednesday, July 12
Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 4 p.m., ESPN 2
Tyrese Martin: 23 mins, 25 pts (9-of-15 FG), 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Thursday, July 13
Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 3:30 p.m., NBA TV
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, 5:30 p.m., NBA TV
Charlotte Hornets vs. New Orleans Pelicans (DOUBLE FEATURE), 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
The schedule for Saturday, July 15 to Monday, July 17 is to be determined.