Memorable plays of the early weekend

The first weekend of the NBA 2K23 Summer League was all about it – including a handful of overtime games, multiple tournaments captured, and an impressive collection of splash plays.

Initially, Oklahoma City Thunder stars Josh Giddy and Chet Holmgren gave fans headlines for some of the best hoops of the summer.

Throughout the league, several potential rising stars also performed with memorable plays.

Basketball fans are eager to see what the second week will bring, but first, here are some of the most talked about plays of the opening weekend of the Las Vegas Summer League.

Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic

1 The overall selection is already making a preliminary statement as to why he was on the board before. After a 17-point performance in his NBA Summer League debut against the Houston Rockets, the Duke Star scored 23 points to give Magic a 94-92 double-OT victory. Banchero shot 6-of-15 from the floor for the pair with his six assists and six rebounds.

It didn’t take long for Banchero to speak on the Internet. In the first quarter, he showed skill by stealing passes on both sides of the ball and going coast-to-coast, sealing with a hefty 360 dunk.

Kevin Harris, Minnesota Timberwolves

Implementing the second-1 is already a perfect play, but combining it with a poster is more effective. Harris ‘sting on Denver Nuggets’ Matt Mitchell was heard live on Twitter. Harris went to Twitter and retweeted his monster jam with a casket emoji, meaning he put Michelle to sleep with all that drama. Harris finished the game with 13 points.

Mac McClung, Golden State Warriors

After a brief stint with the Los Angeles Lakers G-League team last season, McClung is returning this time with the NBA Champions Golden State Warriors’ Summer League team. McClung shot 9-of-15 for 22 points and six rebounds and six assists in the Warriors ’86-85 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Twitter called his performance a “McClang show” because he stunned Jarrod Uthoff for a slam with his wacky finish on the rim and back-to-back pass.

Jetty Thor, Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets won their first Summer League since July 2019, when Thor’s game-winner took the Hornets 89-86 in a double OT. Auburn’s second-year player, Thor, finished the game with 12 points and three rebounds, and struck the game-winning dagger in a sudden death.

Sharif O’Neill, Los Angeles Lakers

Sharif, the son of Lakers veteran Shakil O’Neill, was following in his father’s footsteps after signing with the Lakers’ NBA Summer League team. In the game against the Hornets, O’Neill threw a huge two-handed slam on a sharp break that shook the basket just like his father.

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