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Duke in the NBA: Summer League Recap

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For the second straight year, a Blue Devil sits on top of the NBA Summer League.

Joining Gary Trent Jr., and his Portland Trailblazer squad that hoisted the trophy in 2018, Grayson Allen and the Memphis Grizzlies took down the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 for the 2019 title in Las Vegas on Monday evening.

Playing a vital role in the championship run, Allen impressed in his debut with the Memphis Grizzlies. The former Utah Jazz guard provided a consistent threat on offense, scoring 9.8 points per contest while collecting 2.2 assists. Allen helped fend off a late Timberwolves rally while scoring a team-high 17 points in the championship game to lift the Summer League trophy.

Less than three months removed from his consensus first-team All-America campaign, RJ Barrett lived up to the hype surrounding him as a New York Knick. The third pick of this year’s draft played in all five games, contributing 15.4 points per game while grabbing 8.6 boards and 4.2 assists. Boosted by double-doubles in each of his final three games, Barrett became the first player in NBA Summer League history to average 15+ points, grab 8+ rebounds and record 4+ assists.

Zion Williamson scored 11 points while securing three rebounds for the New Orleans Pelicans in the much-anticipated matchup with Barrett’s Knicks in the blockbuster Summer League opener. A bruised knee shut down the 2019 overall No. 1 pick at halftime, and the Pelicans held him out for the balance of the summer as a precaution. The Atlanta Hawks kept Cam Reddish, Duke’s third top-10 pick of the draft, out as he recovered from an off-season surgery.

After helping his Portland side to a championship last year, Trent was a part of a two-pronged attack in 2019 alongside teammate Anfernee Simons. Averaging 20.6 points per night, Trent logged 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Amile Jefferson averaged a near double-double for the Orlando Magic in the five games he played. The forward posted 16.4 points per game on 54 percent shooting and averaged 9.6 rebounds per game.

In his lone appearance for the New Orleans Pelicans, Frank Jackson wowed the Las Vegas crowd, dropping 30 points on the Knicks in the opener on 11-of-17 shooting. Jackson grabbed three boards and two blocks before sitting the rest of the league. In two appearances for the Houston Rockets, Trevon Duval averaged four points.