Three former Zags were involved in NBA Summer League play on Monday in Las Vegas.
In his second Summer League game, Rui Hachimura picked up 19 points (6-14) and 7 rebounds for the Washington Wizards in a losing effort against the Brooklyn Nets. The Japanese forward started the game slowly, missing all three of his field goal attempts in the first quarter before finding his groove with an 11-point second quarter.
Similar to his production at Gonzaga, Hachimura did most of his damage at the free throw line (7-8) and from mid-range and in as he limited himself to two attempts from the three-point line without making either. And if you thought the media scrutiny from his home country of Japan was intense during his time at Gonzaga, things have gone up a notch for Hachimura now that he’s an NBA lottery pick:
61 Japanese media members will cover Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura at Las Vegas Summer League. pic.twitter.com/8tFEB2bx9S— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) July 5, 2019
Zach Norvell Jr. got a lot of minutes (28) for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 88-80 loss to the Golden State Warriors, but he struggled with a 5-point (2-10) and 5 turnover effort. Norvell has played well, however, for most of the Summer League stretch and will have more opportunities to put that game behind him. He was also mic’d up for a recent game, and seems more than comfortable in his new situation:
Josh Perkins got the start against Team China in an 84-80 loss for the Charlotte Hornets. Perkins also struggled with his shot, finishing with 6 points on 1-7 shooting (0-4 3PA) along with 2 assists and 2 turnovers. Charlotte rested some of its more high profile young players, so this game was a golden opportunity for Perkins to build off his strong performance on Sunday. Hopefully, he’ll get a few more starts with extended minutes as the Hornets appear willing to experiment deep into the bench.
Rui and the Wizards will take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday at 8:30 pm PT on NBA TV. Brandon Clarke and his Memphis Grizzles squad return to action against the Phoenix Suns at 4:30 pm PT on NBA TV after a day off on Monday.