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2015 NBA Summer League: Big Ten Day 8 Stats, Recap, and Analysis

The 2015 NBA Summer League is in full swing with a boatload of former Big Ten players in action.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Summer League is in full swing and there are a bunch of former Big Ten players in action.  Though this is not an NBA site, many of these former Big Ten players are fighting for a roster position in the Summer League and these games will have a large impact on how many players from the Big Ten make 2015-16 NBA rosters.  Success in the pros is highly related to a program's success, which makes the Summer League highly relevant for many of the programs in the Big Ten.  Here are some of the highlights from Day 8.

We detailed the full Summer League rosters and now we are going to be following those players during their games this summer.

2015 NBA Summer League Day 8 Stats:

Player

Team

Mins

Pts

Rebs

Asts

Blks

Stls

Tim Frazier

Portland Trail Blazers

30

11

9

8

0

0

Josh Gasser

Brooklyn Nets

8

6

2

0

0

1

Austin Hollins

Brooklyn Nets

7

3

1

1

0

0

Traevon Jackson

Washington Wizards

17

4

2

1

1

1

JaJuan Johnson

Utah Jazz

10

2

1

0

1

0

Alex Len

Phoenix Suns

27

17

8

1

3

0

Meyers Leonard

Portland Trail Blazers

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Jordan Morgan

Minnesota Timberwolves

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Gabriel Olaseni

Miami Heat

29

14

6

0

0

0

Adreian Payne

Minnesota Timberwolves

33

16

9

1

0

0

Rayvonte Rice

Chicago Bulls

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

LaQuinton Ross

Washington Wizards

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

D'Angelo Russell

Los Angeles Lakers

32

14

8

3

1

1

Ralph Sampson III

Boston Celtics

7

1

4

0

0

0

Shannon Scott

San Antonio Spurs

23

10

6

3

0

2

Will Sheehey

New Orleans Pelicans

5

8

1

0

0

1

John Shurna

Cleveland Cavaliers

16

9

2

0

1

0

Sam Thompson

Minnesota Timberwolves

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Travis Trice

Miami Heat

6

4

0

0

0

2

Noah Vonleh

Portland Trail Blazers

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Dez Wells

Washington Wizards

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Aaron White

Washington Wizards

19

4

4

0

0

0

DJ White

Cleveland Cavliers

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

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Thoughts

Once again, please insert a "grain of salt" warning with everyone of my statements regarding the Summer League.  The competition is much different than your typical NBA regular or postseason game and as such, you really have to evaluate these games differently.  Players aren't going to run into a LeBron or Durant in these games.  Fans can still get an idea of how players are progressing, but the level of competition and seriousness of these games are definitely different than what takes place in a normal NBA game.  FYI, this first paragraph is going to run on each one of these recaps just as a general reminder about the significance of the Summer League.

The Las Vegas Summer League is now in full swing and some of the former Big Ten players are doing really well.  Two of the guys with big games on Day 8 were Alex Len and Adreian Payne.  Both were able to produce on the scoreboard and when rebounding the ball.  Both are on teams hoping to take steps forward in a deep Western Conference next season and perhaps they could be useful pieces to achieve those goals..

The Big Ten's top pick this year also put up another nice game.  On Day 8, former Buckeye D'Angelo Russell was able to grab 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.  As mentioned earlier this week, Russell's game still has plenty of room for growth and that has to excite Laker fans as he has the ability to grow from what already appears to be one of the better players in the Summer League.

One other thing worth noting is that there was also a good hunk of former Big Ten players that did not see action on Day 8 including players like Rayvonte Rice, Sam Thompson, and Dez Wells, who are all looking to earn an NBA roster spot next season.  There should be no red flag yet as the teams should rotate them into the lineup in the coming days, but it is at least something worth noting.