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NBA - US Sports: NBA 2k23 Summer League Day 3 preview

There are eight games to look forward to on day three of NBA 2K23 Summer League 2022 and the top five picks from this year's draft should all be involved in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Top pick Paolo Banchero impressed for Orlando on their opening-day win over Houston Rockets and the Magic are back in action with a match-up against Sacramento Kings, while the Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics are all set to feature.


2022 NBA Summer League, Day 3


Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, Paradise near Las Vegas


9th July 2022

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Banchero looks the right pick for Orlando

On draft day, Orlando were widely expected to opt for Jabari Smith Jr with their top pick but instead they moved for Banchero. The pair were matched together in the first day in Las Vegas as the Magic came up against Houston and the early signs are they made the right choice going for the Duke product with their top pick.

Banchero had 17 points and six assists as he demonstrated his offensive skills, including the ability to shoot from mid-range and deep, and based on that performance he should be among the contenders for the Rookie of the Year award in the season ahead.

Orlando's second-round pick Caleb Houstan, who played with last season's Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes and runner-up in the voting Cade Cunningham in high school, also showed some promise against Houston as he went 5-for-9 from three-point range and ended the game with 20 points.

The Magic are up against Sacramento and their fourth overall pick Keegan Murray, who impressed in the California Classic before heading to Las Vegas.

Banchero is 17/4 to with the Rookie of the Year award, OKC's second overall pick Chet Holmgren is 15/4 and Murray is rated at 17/2.

Holmgren and Smith Jr looking to make impact

Smith Jr now has a chance to take on the second overall pick on Saturday as the Rockets come up against OKC.

The Auburn product may have been outshone by Banchero earlier this week but that doesn't mean he put in a poor showing, and he finished that game with a respectable 10 points and seven rebounds.

However, Smith will still be keen to put on an improved display on Saturday and he faces off against another player who will be eager to make an impact in Holmgren.

The second pick has already played some preseason basketball, having been involved in the Salt Lake Summer League and he had some mixed results.   

Holmgren had 23 points on his Summer League debut against the Utah Jazz but then struggled in a match-up with Kenny Lofton Jr, who signed a two-way contract with Memphis Grizzlies after going undrafted.

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Holmgren and Smith will both be looking to put in big performances on Saturday and that could well result in a great game between OKC and Houston.  

The Rockets are 23/20 to win the game in the Money Line and the Thunder can be backed at 20/27.

Eastern Conference Finals repeat

Boston Celtics overcame Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals last season and the two sides meet in the Summer League at Cox Pavilion on Saturday.  

Admittedly, the two teams look very different to their regular season rosters but there are still a few players worth keeping an eye on.  

Sam Hauser signed a three-year deal with Boston this summer after some strong showings in the G-League and he looks to have the potential to be a solid rotation player for the Celtics in the years ahead, while forward Nikola Jovic will be involved for the Heat after being selected with the 27th overall pick in this year's draft.

Jovic, 19, has played professionally in Europe and was one of the big international prospects in the 2022 NBA Draft.

More time to shine for Lofton

Lofton showed signs of real promise in his match-up against OKC in Salt Lake City and he will be looking for another big showing when Memphis take on Los Angeles Clippers in Las Vegas to prove he can be involved in their set-up next season.

Portland Trail Blazers take on New Orleans Pelicans but they are expected to be without their seventh overall pick Shaedon Sharpe after he picked up a shoulder injury in the early stages of his Summer League debut against Detroit.

The Pistons face Washington Wizards, while Toronto Raptors take on Philadelphia 76ers and the Jazz play Atlanta Hawks.

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