Summer League is an incredible opportunity for borderline NBA guys to make their mark and impress a team. All you need is one GM or scout to be impressed in order to fulfill an NBA dream.
Steven Gray was the first Zag to take the court this summer, as he and his Brooklyn Nets teammates played last night. Gray is coming off a season in France in which he led the French League in scoring. Gray also has a guaranteed contract waiting for him in France if he isn't able to make an NBA roster.
Although he didn't shoot the ball as well as Gonzaga fans are accustomed to seeing, Gray did enough to earn the 4th most minutes of anyone on the roster. The Nets fell 81-73 to the Memphis Grizzlies, with Gray chipping in four points and three assists. The former Bainbridge star missed all three of his shots from behind the line, which will be a key skill he will need to showcase to make an NBA roster.
In the second game of his summer league season, Gray didn't make it off the bench. This isn't an indictment of his game or status with the team, as with the deep rosters that you see in summer league, a lot of times a guy will play one day, and then have the next off.