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Top 5 Performances from Skyforce Alumni During 2019 NBA Summer League

By Matt Dykstra | July 17, 2019

1. Robinson Drops 26 Points, 8 Rebounds in Summer League Finale

Unsurprisingly, Duncan Robinson solidified his position on the Miami HEAT roster with another strong Summer League showing, upping his production to 16.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in seven total appearances. In the HEAT’s final game in Las Vegas against the New Orleans Pelicans, Robinson poured in a personal-best 26 points while adding eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

Included in Robinson’s 26-point outing was a ridiculous third-quarter buzzer-beater from behind his own basket as time expired. The bench reaction speaks for itself.

With yesterday’s contract deadline coming and going, the HEAT have chosen to retain Robinson’s contract for the coming year after a stellar rookie season (primarily in the NBA G League) and continued improvement at the NBA level.

2. Maten Tallies 21 Points, 9 Rebounds in his Summer League Debut

Maten tipped-off NBA Summer League action a day late after being held out of the HEAT’s first matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, he entered with a bang on the following night by tallying 21 points (11-13 FT) and nine rebounds in the HEAT’s win against the Sacramento Kings in the California Classic. In total, he averaged 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest in seven summer league appearances (seven starts) this year.

Maten’s versatility and ball-handling skills continued to give his opponents fits, and he capped off what was another strong summer league performance by tallying 17 points and nine rebounds on an efficient 6-of-9 FG in the HEAT’s closing loss to the Pelicans.

 

3. Stokes Averages 18 Points Over Last Two Games

After a lackluster start to his summer league with the Portland Trail Blazers, Jarnell Stokes settled in and found his rhythm by averaging 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game in each of his last two contests. In his dominant two-game stretch, Stokes made 16-of-17 FG attempts, good enough for a 94.1 percent mark from the field to round out his Las Vegas appearance.

4. Erik McCree Has Fast Start, Massive Block for Orlando Magic

Erik McCree burst out of the gate with a pair of solid performances for the Orlando Magic when Summer League play began in Las Vegas, including a team-high 17-point performance against the Nuggets on July 7. McCree has always been known for his ability to get buckets, and after the first two Magic games this summer, he appeared to be on track to keep that going.

In his Summer League debut with the Magic, he was up to 16 points at halftime before the remainder of the game was eventually cancelled due to seismic activity on and around the west coast.

5. Charles Cooke III Tallies 15 Points, Buries Buzzer Beater in First HEAT Game

After a solid season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce last year, Cooke earned an NBA Call-Up to the Miami HEAT toward the end of the regular season and had a chance to pick up where he left off on the HEAT’s summer league squad. He was off to a fast start, having totaled an efficient 15 points on 4-of-8 FG. However, a concussion derailed his NBA stage.

Cooke was sidelined with a concussion just a few minutes into his second game, keeping him out for all but the last two games in Las Vegas. Even then, it wasn’t until his last appearance that he found his stride again by notching 11 points and three assists in Miami’s eventual loss.