The 2015 NBA Summer League season is nearing its final days, and with that in mind let's take a look the recent performances of some St. John's alumni.
Sir`Dominic Pointer- Cleveland Cavaliers
Pointer struggled on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls, being held to just two points while grabbing only one rebound and recording two steals. While he did start once again, Pointer played only 15 minutes in a 91-73 loss to Chicago.
Sir`Dom would respond very nicely in his final Summer League game on Friday however, as he finished with six points, six rebounds, and three assists in a win over Minnesota. He finishes the summer averaging 5.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 assists in just over 18 minutes per game, all while starting all five games for Cleveland.
Because of his solid Summer League play, namely on the defensive end, some Cavaliers sources have began to speculate that Pointer and Cleveland are nearing a contract deal for this upcoming season.
These rumors have yet to be verified by any official sources, so they should be taken with a grain of salt, but it would not come as a surprise to anyone if Sir`Dom ends up on the Cavaliers roster on opening day.
His offensive game is only expected to improve with some work, while he is already a solid and versatile defender that would be an asset off the bench for any team, including LeBron James and the 2015 Eastern Conference champions.
JaKarr Sampson- Philadelphia 76ers
In his final game of the summer, Sampson scored a team-high 24 points while also grabbing six rebounds in a 100-96 Philadelphia victory over the Houston Rockets. Appearing in four of the five 76ers games in the Las Vegas portion of the Summer League, Sampson ranked third on the team with an average of an even 13 points per game, behind only third overall pick Jahlil Okafor and Scottie Wilbekin.
He is expected to once again play a role in the Philadelphia rotation this season, possibly even seeing time in the backcourt.
D.J. Kennedy- Houston Rockets
After a strong start to his Summer League season, Kennedy has cooled off a bit recently. In Wednesday's 97-93 Rockets loss against the Milwaukee Bucks, he scored just eight points on 2-9 shooting in 28 minutes.
Kennedy did not appear in Houston's final game of the summer against the 76ers, giving him averages of 13.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and 2.3 assists in four games this summer. He shot a respectable 14-35 (40%) as well, and now will have to wait and see where he'll be playing basketball this season.
Phil Greene IV- Toronto Raptors
Greene played in only six minutes in Wednesday's 84-80 loss against the Chicago Bulls, scoring two points on 1-3 shooting. However he would get his first start in Toronto's final game of the summer against the Portland Trail Blazers, playing a solid 31 minutes in a Raptors loss.
He shot just 2-9 from the field, including 0-4 from 3-point range, however Greene did score seven points and pull down six rebounds on the night.
Finishing the summer only averaging 2.8 points and 13.8 minutes per game while shooting only 21% from the field, it doesn't seem likely that Greene will have a future with Toronto, but only time will tell.