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Seven games were played on day nine of 2021 NBA Preseason. 

Sacramento rookie Davion Mitchell hit 6 three pointers vs. Portland.

Houston Rockets

Jae’Sean Tate: Tate showed off versatile skills during his rookie year. All Rookie First Team member last season. 10 points, 4 rebounds

Armoni Brooks: Definitely deserves a spot in the Houston rotation. Scoring ability that can take over games. 15 points, 5-10 3-PT

Alperen Sengun: The rookie big man has been working hard. Learning every day. 10 points, 5 rebounds

KJ Martin: Consistency you can count on. Very good offensive rebounder. 7 points, 3-3 FG

Josh Christopher: Rookie with impressive athleticism. Makes plays with the ball in his hands quite nicely. 8 points, 5 rebounds

Toronto Raptors

Precious Achiuwa: The youngster is loving his new team. Skillset has expanded for sure. 17 points, 5 rebounds

Scottie Barnes: Barnes brings an energy Toronto didn’t have last season. Making a solid impact. 10 points, 3 steals

Malachi Flynn: Hard to stop when he’s creating quality offense. Also dished out 3 assists vs. Houston. 15 points, 3-5 3-PT

Gary Trent Jr: Strong guard with competitiveness. Defense stood out on Monday. 9 points, 3 steals

Svi Mykhailiuk: Mykhailiuk is having a productive preseason. Knows how to score in different ways. 10 points, 3 steals

Dalano Banton: The rookie certainly has the potential to become a versatile player. Keep an eye on Banton. 9 points, 4-5 FG

Ishmail Wainright: 27-year-old with skills on both ends. Hoping to make the final roster. 6 points, 2-4 3-PT

Khem Birch: Experienced big man. Played the best basketball of his career after signing with Toronto back in April. 2 points, 2 rebounds

Isaac Bonga: Passed the ball well in short minutes last night. Feel for the game has improved each season. 2 points, 3 assists

Charlotte Hornets

Cody Martin: Martin’s jump shot looks improved. Also collected 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals vs. Miami. 15 points, 3-4 3-PT

James Bouknight: Confidence is high right now. Expect some big scoring games during his rookie year if given the playing time. 14 points, 5-10 FG

Ish Smith: Basketball IQ continues to make an impact everywhere he goes. Quick first step off the dribble. 10 points, 4 assists

PJ Washington: Now entering his third season in Charlotte. Brings valuable skills on both ends. 9 points, 5 rebounds

Jalen McDaniels: McDaniels brings consistent minutes. Fits in well with any lineup. 6 points, 7 rebounds

Kai Jones: The rookie is much more than just a dunker. Can handle the ball, rebound, defend, pass, and finish at the rim. 4 points, 2-3 FG

Miami Heat

Markieff Morris: Scoring should provide a spark off the Miami bench. Effective rebounder. 11 points, 6 rebounds

Max Strus: Shooter that can get super hot. Definitely looks ready for real minutes this season. 8 points, 2-4 3-PT

Omer Yurtseven: Nearly had a double-double in just 7 minutes last night. Strength is tough to deal with. 8 points, 8 rebounds

Javonte Smart: Undrafted rookie out of LSU with multiple skills. Currently working on his consistency. 6 points, 2 rebounds

Brooklyn Nets

Jevon Carter: Offense has improved each season. Confident guard. 16 points, 4-7 3-PT

Cam Thomas: Rookie who can score at a high level. Should be interesting to see if he cracks the rotation. 10 points, 4-4 FG

James Johnson: Underrated playmaker who goes hard. Energy and defense can be counted on. 9 points, 3-6 FG

Paul Millsap: The veteran continues to be effective by going at his own pace. Also recorded 5 rebounds and 3 assists vs. Philly. 6 points, 3 steals

Philadelphia 76ers

Furkan Korkmaz: Korkmaz has been known to go off for some huge games when he’s on. Smooth scorer who gets to his spots. 27 points, 4 assists

Isaiah Joe: Second year player who got a lot better. Gives Philly another scoring option on offense. 20 points, 5-7 3-PT

Andre Drummond: Expect non stop activity around the glass this season. Also dished out 6 assists and came up with 2 steals last night. 16 points, 6 rebounds

Paul Reed: Reed has sharpened his skills by going at Joel Embiid in practice every day. Size that can make a difference. 9 points, 10 rebounds

Georges Niang: Veteran who makes winning plays. Always under control. 7 points, 3 steals

Shaquille Harrison: Experienced defender with athleticism. Also collected 5 steals and 3 assists vs. Brooklyn. 9 points, 7 rebounds

Detroit Pistons

Josh Jackson: Jackson is an underrated playmaker. Also passed out 4 assists vs. Memphis. 11 points, 6 rebounds

Hamidou Diallo: Brings high energy on both ends. Scoring off the dribble improved quite a bit last season. 13 points, 2 steals

Cory Joseph: The former champion plays super efficient basketball off the bench. Solid basketball IQ. 10 points, 3 assists

Isaiah Stwart: Second year big man with toughness. Being mentored right now by Hall of Famer Ben Wallace. 6 points, 3 blocks

Frank Jackson: Making a strong case for minutes. Heads up player with experience. 12 points, 4-4 FT

Memphis Grizzlies

Tyus Jones: Veteran point guard who always stays ready. Makes a difference in short minutes. 15 points, 3-4 3-PT

De’Anthony Melton: Versatility continues to make an impact. Also put up 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals vs. Detroit. 16 points, 2-4 3-PT

Brandon Clarke: Double-double threat off the bench. Keeps the game simple. 10 points, 5 rebounds

Kyle Anderson: Anderson made a big jump in 2020-2021. Also had 3 assists and 2 steals last night. 13 points, 6 rebounds

Xavier Tillman: Does it all when he’s in rhythm. Great energy and passing. 5 points, 3 steals

John Konchar: Fit in well with the starting lineup on Monday. Does all the little things. 3 points, 3 rebounds

Sam Merrill: Former Buck with a knock down jumper. Underrated guard. 3 points, 2 assists

New Orleans Pelicans

Naji Marshall: Versatile player who can play different positions. Gives a great effort on both ends. 10 points, 3 steals

Trey Murphy III: Young shooter with size. All Rookie Team potential this season. 12 points, 4 assists

Herb Jones: The rookie has certainly earned himself minutes. Also dished out 2 assists and came up with 2 steals vs. Utah. 12 points, 5 rebounds

Willy Hernangomez: Went hard in short minutes last night. Experienced big man who can score and rebound. 7 points, 2 rebounds

Tomas Satoransky: Passing point guard with size. Started on Monday for New Orleans. 4 points, 2-4 FG

Utah Jazz

Eric Paschall: Consistent scorer who can rebound and pass. Looks comfortable on his new team. 14 points, 6-7 FG

Royce O’Neale: Veteran starter with a heads up basketball IQ. Efficient play each game. 8 points, 4 rebounds

Joe Ingles: Ingles has had a solid tenure with the Jazz. Now entering his 8th season in Utah. 6 points, 4 assists

Udoka Azubuike: Strength continues to make an impact. Hoping for a meaningful role this season. 6 points, 4 rebounds

Sacramento Kings

Davion Mitchell: The rookie has developed a knock down jumper to go along with his lockdown defense. Also dished out 4 assists vs. Portland. 20 points, 6-9 3-PT

Maurice Harkless: Experienced veteran who understands the game. Consistent on both ends. 7 points, 2 steals

Chimezie Metu: Big man with post moves inside and a jumper from deep. Powerful finisher at the rim. 9 points, 7 rebounds

Terence Davis: Scoring ability is there for sure. Gets to his spots effectively. 17 points, 2 steals

Louis King: Versatile forward with energy. Improved his jumper over the summer. 8 points, 2-3 3-PT

Jahmi’us Ramsey: Second year player who had a productive Summer League. Brings muscle and shooting. 9 points, 2 rebounds

Portland Trail Blazers

Anfernee Simons: Athletic youngster who brings offense off the bench. Has grown his game each season. 24 points, 2 rebounds

Dennis Smith Jr: Jump shots looks improved. Also dished out 7 assists on Monday. 16 points, 2-3 3-PT

Larry Nance Jr: Veteran big man with a high basketball IQ. Always makes the right decisions. 5 points, 3 steals

Quinn Cook: Experienced point guard who knows how to run an offense. Hoping to make Portland’s roster. 7 points, 2 rebounds

Greg Brown: The rookie brings a non stop motor. Exciting potential. 6 points, 9 rebounds

Marquese Chriss: Brings pick & roll play and energy. Coming off a broken right leg. 10 points, 4 rebounds

Trendon Watford: The rookie definitely has an NBA skillset. Also came up with 2 steals vs. Sacramento. 6 points, 3-3 FG

Minnesota Timberwolves

Jaden McDaniels: Versatility continues to expand. Started last night for Minnesota. 15 points, 3-4 3-PT

Naz Reid: Underrated shooting ability. Also collected 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks vs. LA. 13 points, 5 rebounds

Jarred Vanderbilt: Gets on the glass with intensity. Moves very well without the ball for finishes at the rim. 8 points, 5 rebounds

Jaylen Nowell: Third year player who proved a lot last season. Underrated scorer and playmaker. 10 points, 5 assists

Leandro Bolmaro: Strong rookie guard out of Argentina. Size and basketball IQ fit today’s NBA game. 5 points, 2 rebounds

Nathan Knight: Played hard in short minutes last night. Feel for the game is solid. 4 points, 3 rebounds

Los Angeles Clippers

Luke Kennard: Kennard has expanded his game each year. Also came up with 2 steals last night vs. Minnesota. 18 points, 5 rebounds

Terance Mann: Winning player who doesn’t back down. Took huge steps in 2020-2021. 15 points, 4 assists

Ivica Zubac: Underrated center. Also had 3 assists and 2 steals on Monday. 10 points, 9 rebounds

Jay Scrubb: Definitely can see the potential on offense in his game. Consistency looks improved. 10 points, 5-9 FG

Isaiah Hartenstein: Hartenstein is a solid playmaker for a big man. Also put up 3 assists and 4 blocks last night. 6 points, 5 rebounds

Keon Johnson: #21 pick out of Tennessee with great athleticism. 48 inch vertical leap. 7 points, 3 rebounds

Harry Giles: Giles is currently fighting for a roster spot. Knows how to play, just needs a chance. 4 points, 4 rebounds

Brandon Boston Jr: The rookie continues to show off some nice offensive moves. Confident young player. 8 points, 4 assists