JT Thor makes it thunder, Justinian Jessup makes it rain
The NBA Summer League wrapped up its run in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, a brief season in which two players with ties to Alaska made a significant impact.
JT Thor, who played a season of junior college basketball at West High before deciding to pursue basketball in Lower 48, showed flashes of grandeur for the Charlotte Hornets. He has scored in double digits in three of the four games he’s appeared in and has been rated a “Summer League star” by nba.com.
Justinian Jessup, who played college basketball in Nome before his family left Alaska, started all five Golden State Warriors games and hit double digits in three of them. He averaged 12.4 points per game and shot 43% from 3 points.
Daishen Nix, a 6-5 point guard who left Anchorage after college and spent last season in the NBA G League, had less playing time. He averaged 5.0 points and roughly 11 minutes. per game for the Philadelphia 76ers.
[When Golden State made Justinian Jessup the 51st pick in the NBA draft, the city of Nome cheered]
Thor made a thunderous dunk in Monday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. The Hornets lost the game, but Thor grabbed attention with 15 points, nine rebounds – including five offensive – and two blocks.
“The 6-foot-10 rookie stole the show in the fourth quarter, crossing Bulls defenseman Troy Baxter Jr. and throwing a huge one-handed slam that had fans inside the Thomas & Mack Center on their feet.” , according to nba. com.
Thor, who turns 19 next week, spent a year at Auburn before declaring himself for this year’s draft. The Hornets picked him in the second round.
Jessup, a 6-7 goalie, is a 23-year-old Boise State graduate who was drafted by the Warriors in the second round of the 2020 Draft. He played last season in Australia and made his Warriors debut this summer. .
Basketball News called him “a remarkable artist” in his recap of the last games of the season on Tuesday. Jessup scored a record 18 points in an 84-76 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, shooting 4 of 7 to 3 points and 6 of 12 overall.
Nix, an undrafted free agent, was selected by the 76ers for the Summer League August 8-17. After high school, he chose G League over college basketball; if he hadn’t, he would have played for UCLA last season.
He has appeared in all five games, recording 57 minutes with a playing time ranging from 16 minutes to 3 minutes. The game is his strong point and he has dazzled with his assists, but his nine assists have come from six turnovers.
“He’s got a really good passing feel and he’s got a good size as a point guard,” 76ers coach Brian Adams told the Philly Sports Network. “For us it’s about taking care of the ball a bit more, being a bit more aggressive, and we have to keep building it on the defensive end.”
Thor and Jessup are both under contract. Nix isn’t, and he went to the Summer League hoping to change that.
If Nix isn’t offered a two-way contract per person, nbcsports.com has speculated that he could end up with an Exposure 10 contract, which allows a player to attend training camp and gives the team controls its rights to the G League.
“NBA teams can have up to 20 players on their roster during the offseason, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Sixers sign one or two players from their Summer League squad to present 10 contracts before the training camp, “the website said. . “Nineteen-year-old playmaker Daishen Nix looks like he should be a candidate for such a deal if no NBA team offers him a two-pronged deal.”
The NBA regular season begins October 19.
JT Thor, Charlotte Hornets
4 game totals
40 points (14-28 baskets, 10-13 free throws)
Justinian Jessup, Golden State Warriors
5 game totals
62 points (24-56 shots, including 12-28 from behind the arc)
Daishen Nix, Philadelphia 76ers
5 game totals
25 points (9-16 shots, 1-5 from behind the arc)