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Day Eight Of 2021 NBA Preseason: Under-The-Radar Players Who Stood Out

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Day eight of 2021 NBA Preseason featured 4 games yesterday.

Sunday’s action saw productive outings from names like Alize Johnson, Mo Bamba and Jalen Smith.

San Antonio Spurs

Lonnie Walker: Confidence on offense is high right now. Underrated playmaker. 16 points, 5 assists

Jakob Poeltl: Takes the right shots, defends and rebounds. Offense has improved. 8 points, 9 rebounds

Devin Vassell: Expect Vassell’s numbers to go up in his second season. Also collected 2 steals vs. Orlando. 9 points, 5 rebounds

Bryn Forbes: In his prime right now at 28-years-old. Instant offense off the bench. 8 points, 4-9 FG

Josh Primo: Went on a nice scoring run in short minutes last night. Just 18 and getting better every day. 8 points, 2-4 3-PT

Drew Eubanks: Brings a high basketball IQ and solid strength. Polished skillset. 4 points, 4 assists

Orlando Magic

Terrence Ross: Veteran scorer with athleticism. Brings quality play on both ends. 20 points, 2 steals

Mo Bamba: Bamba can be a real threat when he’s in the zone. Also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 5 shots vs. San Antonio. 16 points, 2-4 3-PT

RJ Hampton: The talent is there for sure. Continues to grow his game. 12 points, 8 rebounds

Cole Anthony: Versatility has stood out during preseason. Also had 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals on Sunday. 8 points, 2-4 3-PT

Franz Wagner: #8 pick out of Michigan with a smooth feel. High basketball IQ. 8 points, 2-3 3-PT

Jalen Suggs: Poised rookie with multiple skills on both ends. Always looking for his teammates. 4 points, 4 assists

E’Twaun Moore: Certainly knows how to score the basketball. Brings playoff experience to Orlando. 10 points, 2-4 3-PT

Chicago Bulls

Alize Johnson: Motor is at a very high level. Extremely underrated player. 14 points, 11 rebounds

Derrick Jones Jr: Confident athlete. Style of play fits the Bulls’ system nicely. 10 points, 4 rebounds

Alex Caruso: Winner who goes hard on every possession. Also dished out 4 assists last night. 8 points, 6 rebounds 

Ayo Dosunmu: Rookie with a high level of competitiveness. Energetic young guard. 9 points, 4-7 FG

Cleveland Cavaliers

Lauri Markkanen: Makes a big impact when he’s aggressive. Also had 3 blocks, 3 assists, and 2 steals vs. Chicago. 18 points, 4 rebounds

Ricky Rubio: Rubio makes winning plays. True professional at point guard. 9 points, 9 assists

Evan Mobley: Mobley understands the game very well for a rookie. Also put up 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals last night. 15 points, 10 rebounds

Isaac Okoro: Solid strength for a guard. Youngster with a versatile skillset. 9 points, 3 assists

Dylan Windler: Expect efficient numbers if Windler can stay healthy this season. High basketball IQ. 9 points, 4 assists

Cedi Osman: Veteran who can score and defend. Energy is always there. 11 points, 2 steals

Lamar Stevens: Second year player hoping for a rotation spot. Brings it on both ends. 5 points, 2-4 FG

Kevin Pangos: Didn’t shoot the ball well last night, but his passing looked sharp. Effective playmaker. 6 points, 6 assists

Oklahoma City Thunder

Josh Giddey: 19-year-old with an impressive all around skillset. Also passed out 6 assists vs. Milwaukee. 9 points, 6 rebounds

Darius Bazley: Made a big jump last season. Rebounds the ball at a high level. 8 points, 4 rebounds

Ty Jerome: Playmaker who can run an offense. Underrated shooter. 13 points, 3 assists

Tre Mann: #18 pick out of Florida with deep range. Has the potential to become a electric scorer. 9 points, 6 rebounds

Mamadi Diakite: Former Buck hoping for a roster spot in OKC. High motor. 6 points, 3-5 FG

Theo Maledon: Maledon had a productive rookie year last season. Went for 33 points vs. Phoenix on April 2nd. 6 points, 2 assists

Mike Muscala: Veteran shooter who continues to be consistent. Takes the right shots and brings strength. 9 points, 4-7 FG

Milwaukee Bucks

Grayson Allen: Athletic shooter. Expect a bunch of three point makes from Allen this season. 13 points, 4 rebounds

Jordan Nwora: There’s no doubt he can ball out on offense. Also collected 8 rebounds and 3 assists. 15 points, 3-6 3-PT

Pat Connaughton: Connaughton was a big part of Milwaukee’s championship run. Athlete who can shoot, defend, and rebound.12 points, 3-5 3-PT

Elijah Bryant: Scoring the ball nicely during preseason. Offense can help when called on. 14 points, 4-6 3-PT

Tremont Waters: Confident guard with quickness. Underrated shooting ability. 11 points, 3-3 3-PT

Sandro Mamukelashvili: Versatility has stood out during preseason. Solid feel for the game. 7 points, 2 assists

Thanasis Antetokounmpo: Very high motor. Also came down with 5 rebounds on Sunday. 4 points, 5 assists

Javin DeLaurier: Energy big man who improved his offensive skills. Had a solid summer league for Atlanta. 4 points, 4 rebounds

Phoenix Suns 

Jalen Smith: Smith definitely deserves more minutes in 2021-2022. Rebounding can help Phoenix off the bench. 12 points, 9 rebounds

JaVale McGee: Consistent big man with athleticism. Also blocked 3 shots vs. the Lakers. 12 points, 9 rebounds

Landry Shamet: Knows how to get to his spots on offense. Scorer who can defend. 13 points, 3-5 3-PT

Cam Johnson: Efficiency is always there. Gets better every season. 9 points, 3 rebounds

Chasson Randle: Randle averaged a career high 6.2 PPG for Orlando last year. Underrated ball handler. 7 points, 3-3 FG

Abdel Nader: Has developed into a productive offensive player. Aggressive on drives. 8 points, 3-4 FG

Elfrid Payton: Veteran who stays ready to make an impact. Tough guard. 6 points, 3-3 FG

Frank Kaminsky: Experienced big man who can shoot and make plays. Passed the ball well in short minutes vs. LA. 4 points, 3 assists

Los Angeles Lakers

Carmelo Anthony: Offense can definitely provide a spark. Professional scorer off the bench. 17 points, 5-7 3-PT

Kent Bazemore: Bazemore keeps the game simple. One of the best defenders on the Lakers. 8 points, 4 steals

DeAndre Jordan: Knows what works to make an impact. Veteran big man you can count on. 5 points, 5 rebounds

Austin Reaves: All around game has been impressive so far. Doesn’t back down. 8 points, 2 assists

Trevelin Queen: Queen can fill it up on offense. Energy off the bench has stood out in short minutes. 6 points, 3 rebounds

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