We nearly had Boiler-onBoiler crim in the NBA Summer League out in Las Vegas. A.J. Hammons had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and a blocked shot for Miami against Memphis, but the Heat fell 98-85 in double overtime. That prevented Hammons from facing off against Caleb Swanigan in the semifinals.
The NBA people sound surprised, but we’re not. Caleb is playing like one of the best players in Las Vegas. How good?
Caleb Swanigan is on pace to become 4th rookie to average a double-double in Summer League (Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Marreese Speights)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 15, 2017
That’s solid company for him in his first real taste of NBA action. Tonight he had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists on 8 of 14 shooting as Portland beat San Antonio 94-87. Portland will now play Memphis in the semifinals tomorrow.
Caleb and Minnesota’s Matt Costello are the only two players in Vegas that are averaging more than 10 rebounds per game. Costello is at 12 and Caleb is at 10.6. In five games Caleb is averaging 29 minutes per game 14.6 points, 1.2 assists, and even 1.4 steals per game.
Yeah, I think this NBA thing is going to work out for him.
In the mean time, A.J. is playing 16.2 minutes per game in 5 games and is averaging 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocked shots.