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Top 20 stat lines from NBA 2K23 Summer League

Keegan Murray of the Kings and Chet Holmgren of the Thunder match up in Summer League.

After 75 games over 11 days in Las Vegas, the NBA 2K23 Summer League is officially in the books for 2022.

The event gave us our first glimpse of this year’s rookie class as the top picks all suited up for their new squads. It also provided an opportunity for second-year players looking to take a leap heading into their sophomore seasons, while also serving as a showcase for prospects still trying to make an NBA roster or earn a two-way contract.

As we look back at some of the top performances, we will highlight the best games from each of the top five picks in this year’s draft, the players comprising the two All-Summer League teams, as well as the top scoring games and the best all-around performances.

Editor’s Note: Only one game per player will be spotlighted, even if they qualify for multiple groups.

Top scoring performances

Moses Moody (Golden State vs. New York, July 8)

– 34 PTS
– 8-13 FG
– 3-6 3 FG
– 15-17 FT
– 5 REB
– 2 BLK

Moody posted the highest scoring game of the NBA 2K23 Summer League with his 34 points on just 13 shots in Golden State’s 101-98 loss to New York. Second-year players often shine in the Summer League as they have a full year of experience under their belt. For Moody, he already has an NBA title from his rookie season and will look to play a bigger role for the Warriors in year two.


Cam Thomas (Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee, July 8)

– 31 PTS
– 11-23 FG
– 1-6 3FG
– 8-12 FT
– 2 REB
– 2 AST

While Moody finished as the Summer League’s top scorer (27.5 points in two games), Brooklyn’s Cam Thomas was right behind him at 27.4 points over five games. Thomas was a consistent threat on offense, eclipsing 25 points in each of his five games; no other player in Summer League had more than two such games. This game against Milwaukee featured Thomas scoring 17 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, but the Nets fell short 94-90.

Cam Thomas drops 31 points against the Bucks.


Santi Aldama (Memphis vs. Brooklyn, July 12)

– 31 PTS,
– 12-14 FG
– 4-5 3FG
– 3-3 FT
– 9 REB
– 3 BLK

It’s hard to find a more efficient and impactful game than Aldama’s 31-point performance in Memphis’ 120-84 win over Brooklyn. The 6-foot-11 forward/center from Spain shot 85.7% from the field and missed only one of his five 3-point attempts. His productive 27 minutes helped Memphis tie the Summer League record for most points in a single game (120).


Trey Murphy III (New Orleans vs. Atlanta, July 11)

– 30 PTS
– 10-18 FG
– 3-6 3FG
– 7-9 FT
– 6 REB

The final 30-point game of the summer goes to Murphy III, who caught fire during his two performances in Las Vegas. In the win against Atlanta, the Pelicans outscored the Hawks by 19 points while he was on the court. Murphy could be one of the sophomores to monitor heading into the 2022-23 campaign.

Trey Murphy III lights up the Hawks for 30 points.


Top 5 2022 Draft Picks

No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero (Orlando vs. Sacramento, July 9)

– 23 PTS
– 6-15 FG
– 11-15 FT
– 6 REB
– 6 AST
– 4 STL
– 2 BLK

The top pick in this year’s Draft may have only played two games in Las Vegas before the Magic decided to shut him down, but he made quite the impression. In this double-overtime thriller against the Kings, Banchero delivered on both ends of the court with a pair of clutch plays when the game went to sudden death. First, there was his game-saving block of a Kings alley-oop attempt. He then followed it up on the next possession by commanding the attention of the defense and dishing out the game-winning assist as the Magic prevailed 94-92.


No. 2 pick Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City vs. Orlando, July 11)

– 16 PTS
– 7-10 FG
– 2-4 3FG
– 10 REB
– 2 AST
– 2 BLK

Holmgren’s first taste of summer action came in the Utah Summer League before the Thunder headed to Las Vegas. In his first outing in Utah, Holmgren posted 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, six blocks and made four 3-pointers in 24 minutes. While he didn’t reach those marks in Las Vegas, he did post a strong double-double in Oklahoma City’s 84-81 win over Orlando. The Thunder outscored the Magic by 15 points in his 27 minutes on the court.


No. 3 pick Jabari Smith (Houston vs. San Antonio, July 11)

– 19 PTS
– 6-12 FG
– 3-5 3FG
– 4-5 FT
– 9 REB
– 2 STL

Smith posted a pair of 19-point games in Las Vegas. In this game, he finished one rebound shy of a double-double and chipped in elsewhere in Houston’s 97-84 win over San Antonio. The Rockets outscored the Spurs by 23 points in Smith’s 29 minutes.


No. 4 pick Keegan Murray (Sacramento vs. Oklahoma City, July 13)

– 29 PTS
– 9-17 FG
– 9-11 FT
– 7 REB
– 2 AST
– 4 STL

There were plenty of games to choose from as the Summer League MVP scored 20 or more points in each of his four contests in Las Vegas. In this game against No. 2 pick Chet Holmgren and the Thunder, the Kings didn’t get the win, but Murray continued to stand out with his all-around game. He posted his highest scoring game of the Summer League with 29 points, giving Sacramento fans flashes of what they hope is to come.


No. 5 pick Jaden Ivey (Detroit vs. Portland, July 8)

– 20 PTS
– 6-14 FG
– 2-5 3P
– 6-6 FT
– 6 REB
– 6 AST

This was Ivey’s only full game from Summer League as he suffered an ankle injury just five minutes into his second game. In his Las Vegas debut, Ivey filled up the box score. In his second game, he was on his way to another big outing before his injury. In just five minutes against the Wizards he scored 11 points on perfect shooting (2-for-2 FG, 1-for-1 3P, 6-of-6 FT) and dished out two assists.


All-Summer League First Team

Tari Eason (Houston vs. San Antonio, July 11)

– 22 PTS
– 9-16 FG
– 2-3 3FG
– 2-3 FT
– 11 REB
– 3 AST
– 2 STL
– 2 BLK

While many eyes were focused on No. 3 pick Jabari Smith Jr., No. 17 pick Tari Eason also made a strong first impression for Houston in Las Vegas. Eason finished with four double-doubles in five games, including going for 22 and 11 in Houston’s win over San Antonio.


Quentin Grimes (New York vs. Golden State, July 8)

– 24 PTS
– 8-21 FG
– 4-6 FT
– 4 REB
– 8 AST
– 2 STL

This was not Grimes’ top shooting performance from Las Vegas, but his combination of scoring (24 points) and playmaking (eight assists with just one turnover) was on full display in New York’s 101-98 win over Golden State. Between the points he scored himself (24) or created with his assists (18), Grimes was responsible for 42 of New York’s 101 points – 41.6% of its output – against the Warriors.


Sandro Mamukelashvili (Milwaukee vs. Boston, July 11)

– 28 PTS
– 9-19 FG
– 3-5 3FG
– 7-10 FT
– 9 REB
– 2 AST
– 3 STL
– 2 BLK

Another player with multiple games to choose from was Milwaukee’s Sandro Mamukelashvili. We could have gone with his 18-point, 15-rebound double-double in a win over Minnesota on July 13, but instead, we highlight his highest scoring game of the summer. In Milwaukee’s 111-109 loss to Boston, Mamukelashvili dominated on both sides of the ball in his 31 minutes.

Keegan Murray (SAC): See above

Cam Thomas (BKN): See above


All-Summer League Second Team

Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana vs. Detroit, July 12)

– 20 PTS
– 5-9 FG
– 1-3 3FG
– 9-10 FT
– 5 REB
– 3 AST
– 3 STL

The No. 6 pick in this year’s draft made the most of his limited minute in the Pacers’ 101-87 win over the Pistons. Mathurin scored 20 points on just nine shots over 19 minutes, while also coming up with three steals and dishing out three assists as Indiana outscored Detroit by 23 points in his 19 minutes.


Marko Simonovic (Chicago vs. Dallas, July 8)

– 27 PTS
– 10-19 FG
– 7-8 FT
– 13 REB
– 3 BLK

There were eight 20+ point, 10+ rebound double-doubles posted over the course of the NBA 2K23 Summer League. None posted greater numbers than Simonovic’s 27 and 13 to lead Chicago to a 100-99 overtime win over Dallas. Simonovic delivered in the clutch as his dunk tied the game at the end of regulation to force overtime before he sank the game-winning free throw in the extra session.


Trendon Watford (Portland vs. New York, July 17)

– 19 PTS
– 7-15 FG
– 3-6 3FG
– 2-4 FT
– 7 REB
– 2 AST
– 3 STL
– 1 BLK

We have to highlight Watford’s MVP performance in the championship game as he led the Blazers to their second Summer League title. He scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half as the Blazers built an 11-point lead at the break and never looked back.


Lindell Wigginton (Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn, July 8)

– 17 PTS
– 4-6 FG
– 2-3 3FG
– 7-9 FT
– 7 AST

Even though Wigginton had two games with 20+ points in Las Vegas – 24 vs. Boston on July 11, 25 vs. Dallas on July 14 – we’re spotlighting this ultra-efficient performance against the Nets. Wigginton finished with 17 points on just six shot attempts as he did most of his damage at the free throw line, where he finished 7-of-9 in Milwaukee’s 94-90 win.

Santi Aldama (MEM): See above


Stat Sheet Stuffers

JD Davison (Boston vs. Memphis, July 14)

– 28 PTS
– 9-14 FG
– 4-6 3FG
– 6-6 FT
– 5 REB
– 10 AST
– 3 STL

There were a total of five games with double-digit assists over the course of the Summer League and Davison accounted for two of them, including this game that featured the only points-assists 20-10 game from Las Vegas. Between the points he scored himself (28) and those he created via assist (23), Davison was responsible for 47.2% of the Celtics’ offense in their 108-91 win over the Grizzlies


JT Thor (Charlotte vs. Minnesota, July 16)

– 28 PTS
– 9-14 FG
– 3-6 3FG
– 7-8 FT
– 3 REB
– 2 AST
– 5 STL

Thor showed off a lot of game in not a lot of minutes as he posted 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting in Charlotte’s 89-86 loss to Minnesota on July 16. Thor added three rebounds, two assists and five steals – which tied for the third most of Summer League – as the Hornets were plus-11 in his 22 minutes.


Kenneth Lofton Jr. (Memphis vs. San Antonio, July 16)

– 27 PTS
– 10-16 FG
– 2-3 3FG
– 5-7 FT
– 12 REB
– 2 BLK

At 6-foot-7 and 275 pounds, Lofton has the ability to punish players with his size and power inside. But he also has a great shooting touch and the ability to score from anywhere on the court. Against San Antonio, Lofton knocked down two mid-range jumpers and a pair of 3-pointers, including a step-back with 97 seconds left to put the Grizzlies up before the Spurs answered with a 3 of their own to win the game.


Moses Wright (Dallas vs. Milwaukee, July 14)

– 26 PTS
– 10-16 FG
– 1-1 3FG
– 5-7 FT
– 11 REB
– 3 AST
– 2 STL

We mentioned earlier that there were only eight 20+point, 10+ rebound double-doubles posted over the course of the NBA 2K23 Summer League. Only one of those came from a player coming off the bench as Wright delivered in 25 minutes during Dallas’ 100-89 loss to Milwaukee.


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