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After an electric opening night of Las Vegas Summer League on Friday, action continued throughout the day Saturday with some more great, young talent showing off their skills in Sin City.
The future of the league once again showed out with several more impressive NBA debuts taking place over the course of the afternoon, once again demonstrating the sport is in good hands over the next several years.
Here are some of the bigger talking points from day two in Vegas.
Cason Wallace Lights it Up in Vegas Debut
Another day, another impressive performance by an Oklahoma City youngster.
On Saturday it was Cason Wallace’s turn, showing why the the Thunder traded for his draft rights with the Dallas Mavericks on draft night. And he now looks like the latest addition to an already uber-impressive young core.
Sharing the court with former No. 2 overall pick Chet Holmgren, Wallace was the best player on the floor in OKC’s win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Not best-known for his shooting ability coming out Kentucky, the 19-year-old guard lit it up from deep, knocking down six of his 10 shots from beyond the arc en route to a 20-point performance.
He even knocked down a half-court shot for his final bucket of the afternoon.
Wallace also added three rebounds, two assists and two steals to his tally, doing a bit of everything.
In recent seasons, the Thunder have prioritized young, big, ball handlers that can help initiate the offense and get their own shot, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey being some of the main examples.
And Wallace looks like to be the newest piece to that trend.
NBA Twitter was hyping up the former Wildcat.
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
CASON WALLACE FROM HALF-COURT 😱
Cason Wallace Thunder Vegas debut
6/10 3PA pic.twitter.com/UlqnU5pZPI
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Chet Holmgren, Cason Wallace and Ousmane Dieng in the 1st half: pic.twitter.com/STIeFlHBew
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Cason Wallace’s first half in a Thunder uniform:
That’s a debut.
Tristan Pharis @TristanUda
FIVE catch & shoot threes for Cason Wallace in the first half of his NBA Summer League debut…
This is the same player that finished second in the SEC in assists last season.
His versatility will make him a difference maker in the NBA, and OKC is a perfect spot. https://t.co/h0rzNLMVl4
𝙈𝙑𝙋 𝙎𝙃𝘼𝙄 | H&H 🏀🔥 @MVPShai2
I’m going to overreact now.
CASON WALLACE WAS THE STEAL OF THE DRAFT 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/jaPGTYAjEo
𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒆 🌩 @Three_Cone
Chet Holmgren and Cason Wallace are top five all time
We’ve got the best young core in the league
Sam Presti has spent the summer finessing
What a life pic.twitter.com/N829frcirF
jdub supporter @lucky4what
“I knew Cason Wallace was gonna hit that halfcourt shot” pic.twitter.com/Zk6lsg8WNS
Pranav Sriraman @PranavSriraman
Cason Wallace pic.twitter.com/TbEWieYlgd
Royce Young @royceyoung
I don’t think it’s gonna take long for Cason Wallace to become a fan favorite in OKC.
Wallace and the Thunder are back in action Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.
Anthony Black Dazzles with Magic
Hoping to become the latest talented, young addition to the Orlando Magic’s roster, Anthony Black took a good step in the right direction in his first game with the organization in Vegas against the Detroit Pistons.
Going up against No. 5 overall pick Ausar Thompson, Black—who went to the Magic at No. 6—looked like the best player on the floor in a losing effort. The former Arkansas Razorback dropped 17 points to go along with five assists, five rebounds and three steals on 7-of-10 shooting from the field.
Black, 19, used his 6-foot-7 frame to the best of his ability and showed why Orlando selected him with perhaps some more heralded prospects still on the board.
If he continues to impress, Black can give the Magic plenty of lineup versatility with his size and guard skills to play either in really big or small lineups. He could end up making Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner’s life much easier next season on one of the league’s most exciting young squads.
Twitter was impressed by his Vegas debut.
Huncho Hoops @HunchoHoops
Jeff Weltman speaks on Anthony Black & the Magic Big 3/Young Core
“Anthony Black is everything the league is looking for…his special talent is unlocking others and raises the ceiling for the team”
“Goal of developing internal competition where we can drive our own betterment” pic.twitter.com/Ymzo0moTt0
Turns out that Anthony Black and Jett Howard are both point guards.
Gradey Dick nor Jordan Hawkins have this level of playmaking.
Rayshard❼ ( Jett Black SZN👑 ) @Rayshard07
Jett Howard passing and defense today has really stood out
Anthony Black is going to be a nightly triple double threat
Kevon Harris is looking like the best player on the floor with all these lottery picks
Caleb Houstan looks stronger and does what you want from 3 and D wing pic.twitter.com/QCQoxDGvYx
First Responder Drew @haaaaandrew
Anthony Black is legitimately doing everything for the Magic right now
Will Whitson @will_whitson2
Anthony Black is the REAL DEAL. pic.twitter.com/GaT6FQhiX2
The Sixth Man Show @SixthManShow
Magic lose to the Pistons but Anthony Black looks legit 👀 pic.twitter.com/FfUHh0vl36
John Frascella (Football) @LegendSports7
VERY impressed by rookie Anthony Black out the gate.
Orlando Magic seriously on the rise with Black, Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner, Jalen Suggs & hopefully Jett Howard as well. https://t.co/aiu9SeTIJj
JaraceSZN (M.A.Careeey) @liduponmyhead
Anthony Black is going to be everything we thought MCW was going to be 🧐
The Magic are back in action Monday night against the Indiana Pacers.
Keyonte George Continues to Impress
Coming off a couple of nice outings in the Salt Lake City Summer League in front of a home crowd with the Jazz, Keyonte George pulled up to Sin City and kept things rolling.
George, who was taken No. 16 overall by Utah after an impressive but inconsistent freshman year at Baylor, continues to show people why he was being mocked in the top-five of the draft a year ago.
He had the best performance of his young Summer League career—the best Vegas debut of any rookie thus far—going out and dropping a game-high 33 points on 12-of-24 shooting from the field and 6-of-15 from three point range.
But perhaps what was even more impressive was George’s passing ability. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year ended the night with 10 assists, finishing with a double-double and just two turnovers.
What a way to announce yourself onto summer’s biggest stage.
The youth movement in Utah just keeps getting better and George is certainly looking like one of the gems of the draft thus far.
NBA Twitter was taking notice.
Keyonte George alley-oop 🔨 🔨
Watch the No. 16 pick in action LIVE on ESPN2! pic.twitter.com/VclsWYLoTH
Jazz Lead @JazzLead
KEYONTE GEORGE HAS 7 ASSISTS AT HALF pic.twitter.com/EFAozTSjeI
Rafael Barlowe @Barlowe500
I love seeing Keyonte George address the “lack of athleticism” concerns in real time
The Box and One @TheBoxAndOne_
Keyonte George is going to lead the league in FTA some day. Just has a knack for going into bodies and getting a whistle
Draft Deeper @DraftDeeper
It’s a longer shot than some wagers, but there’s a real Keyonte George ROY value bet lurking out there somewhere…
colton: lifelong Taylor Hendricks fan @AggieFanColton
This is the Keyonte George that was mocked top 5 earlier in the year, for a good reason.
colton: lifelong Taylor Hendricks fan @AggieFanColton
Go place your Keyonte George ROY bets now before his odds change in about an hour
Keyonte George after reading Jazz twitter last night in flames about Cam Whitmore. pic.twitter.com/QCydJZH4eh
The Jazz will next face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.