Dillon Brooks came off the bench to score 19 points in his NBA debut for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night from FedExForum. It was the most points ever scored by a Canadian-born player amid their professional basketball debut.
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The former Pac-12 Player of the Year finished his first official NBA game 7-of-13 from the field for 19 points in 29 total minutes on the floor vs the New Orleans Pelicans, 103-91. Brooks added five rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocked shots.
Don’t tell Jordan Bell, but his boy Brooks has more blocked shots than him currently.
Not to mention, Brooks was the emotional leader for Memphis on Wednesday. He added that spark of life off the bench that they desperately craved heading into the 2017 offseason. At this rate, he could be starting very soon.
Brooks may have shined the brightest in his debut, but Bell did not disappoint either. He too came off the bench for his respective team, the World Champion Golden State Warriors.
After setting the NBA Summer League ablaze in Las Vegas, Bell found 12 minutes of action on the floor vs James Harden and Houston. Steve Kerr said before the game that Bell is not in the rotation, yet. However, he’s definitely working toward it.
The former Duck completed his evening with eight points, four fouls, a board and an assist. Overall, his performance was solid but the night was highlighted by a late Houston Rocket comeback for the win, 122-121.
Bell’s idol, Draymond Green exited the game early with an apparent strained knee. His MRI results came back negative on Wednesday, so Bell will remain in his current role. But look for that to expand with the experience he gains over the next few weeks.
Unfortunately, Tyler Dorsey did not play in Atlanta’s first game due to a coaching decision. He was the only Hawk on the roster who was left on the bench without game action. His road will only get tougher after an injury-plagued summer.
Joe Young also did not play during the Indiana Pacers’ opening night win over the Nets 140-131. He was one of three players to not touch the floor. Young had a great NBA Summer League experience and was looking to capitalize on it this October.
The next 22 days will be jam-packed with Oregon basketball prep, including player profiles, predictions, previews, interviews, breakdowns and a few history lessons. Every day, we will have something new as we count you down to the tip off of 2017.
Ready or not? We’re less than a month away from the 2017-18 season!