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Goodwin, Gray Shine at NBA Summer League

By Jacob Withee | July 18, 2018

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – For the first time in Las Vegas’ Summer League history, all 30 NBA teams were in attendance, giving that many more players a chance to demonstrate their skillset. Four Northern Arizona Suns played in the 12-day tournament beginning July 6, and all four had solid outings.

Archie Goodwin had the best outing of the four NAZ Suns, not only averaging better numbers, but he and the Portland Trail Blazers took the championship, finishing the tournament a perfect 7-0.

Goodwin played in six of the seven games, averaging 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.8 steals in 14.3 minutes per game. The 23-year-old prides himself on his efficiency, and thus shot 54.8 percent from the field after leading all guards in the NBA G League in 2017-18 with a 52.8 shooting percentage.

He frequently put up solid highlights throughout his time in Vegas too, demonstrating his court vision and ability to finish at the rim.

 

He tallied double-digit scoring three times, including a monster 22-point game (14-of-16 shooting from the charity stripe) in the semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies. And oh yeah, Goodwin even broke the record for most career Summer League points.

Gray latched on with the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer, averaging 6.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 13.6 minutes per game in five contests.

He earned his best game in the T-Wolves’ final contest against the Denver Nuggets, posting 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes. He finished with a +12 in his team’s 12-point win.

Besides his strong scoring ability, he continued to show off his passing ability too:

Alec Peters and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson both played with the Phoenix Suns during Summer League, helping their squad go 4-1.

Peters played in all five games, posting 6.0 points on 40.0 percent shooting, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.8 minutes per game.

Hollis-Jefferson played in Phoenix’s last three contests, tallying 2.0 points on 42.9 percent shooting and 1.3 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game.

Phoenix went undefeated in group play, taking a three-seed to the start of tournament play. They drew the 30th seeded Philadelphia 76ers for the first tournament-style matchup, but lost a nail-biter. Hollis-Jefferson had his tournament-high four points in five minutes in the thriller.

Peters’ best game came in the Suns’ last contest against the San Antonio Spurs. He posted 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-7 from distance, four rebounds and two steals. He had a +38 performance, the highest on the team in Phoenix’s 35-point win.

As always, Peters showed off that quick shooting touch.

With Summer League over, the NBA training camp is the next time we will get to see any NAZ Suns in action. Soon after that, the season will be back in Prescott Valley!

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