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

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Seven games took place on day eleven of 2021 NBA Preseason.

Memphis guard Sam Merrill exploded for 30 points on 8 made three pointers vs. Indiana.

Portland Trail Blazers

Robert Covington: A veteran you can count on. Also came up with 3 steals vs. Phoenix. 10 points, 6 rebounds

Larry Nance Jr: Defense in the paint will be needed by Portland this season. Versatile big man. 2 points, 4 rebounds

Trendon Watford: Watford is having a consistent preseason in short minutes. Undrafted rookie with potential. 4 points, 3 rebounds

Greg Brown: Didn’t shoot the ball well last night, but still blocked 2 shots on defense. Energetic rookie. 4 points, 5 rebounds

Phoenix Suns

Landry Shamet: Showing off solid versatility for his new team. Also dished out 4 assists vs. Portland. 12 points, 3-5 3-PT

Cam Johnson: Johnson’s jump shot and defense look great. Gets better every year. 11 points, 3-6 3-PT

JaVale McGee: Making a strong case for playing time. Also came up with 2 steals on Wednesday. 10 points, 5 rebounds

Abdel Nader: Underrated offensive skills. Always takes the right shots. 11 points, 2-3 3-PT

Elfrid Payton: Payton can stuff the stat sheet when he’s in the zone. Also grabbed 8 rebounds and came up with 4 steals vs. Portland. 8 points, 9 assists

Cam Payne: Playmaker who doesn’t back down. Experienced point guard off the bench. 5 points, 4 assists

Chandler Hutchison: Runs the floor hard and defends. Style of play fits the Suns’ system. 7 points, 2-3 FG

Frank Kaminsky: Makes a difference in short minutes. Started in 13 games last season. 5 points, 10 rebounds

Chasson Randle: 28-year-old guard with skills on offense. Hoping for a roster spot. 5 points, 2-4 FG

Dallas Mavericks

Jalen Brunson: Underrated guard who keeps the game simple. One of the NBA’s best bench players in 2020-2021. 13 points, 5-8 FG

Dorian Finney-Smith: Takes the right shots and defends. Jumper has improved each season. 7 points, 2-3 3-PT

Dwight Powell: Experienced big man with athleticism. Very high motor. 9 points, 6 rebounds

Sterling Brown: Shooting off the bench can definitely help Dallas. Also came down with 6 rebounds vs. Charlotte. 12 points, 3-4 3-PT

Moses Brown: Center with a lot of potential. Brings rebounding, finishing at the rim, and pick & roll play. 10 points, 3 rebounds

Frank Ntilikina: Former New York lottery pick now with Dallas. Solid defender. 7 points, 3-4 FG

Willie Cauley-Stein: Veteran who knows his role. Underrated skillset. 4 points, 3 rebounds

Carlik Jones: Has stood out in different areas each preseason game. Multiple skills. 4 points, 3 steals

Eugene Omoruyi: The strength and feel for the game are there for sure. Brings energy on both ends. 5 points, 3 assists

Feron Hunt: Hunt is proving he deserves to be in the NBA. Impressive athleticism. 4 points, 2-3 FG

Charlotte Hornets

Cody Martin: Consistent player who fits in well with any lineup. Defends and gets out on the break. 11 points, 6 rebounds

Mason Plumlee: Brings defense and rebounding for his new Charlotte team. Averaged 9.3 RPG last season. 4 points, 4 rebounds

PJ Washington: Washington is likely to come off the bench more this year. Look for him to bring a huge spark. 4 points, 3 rebounds

Nick Richards: Working hard on both ends. Seven footer with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. 8 points, 9 rebounds

Memphis Grizzlies

Sam Merrill: Merrill balled out on Wednesday. Can get going at a very high level from deep. 30 points, 8-13 3-PT

John Konchar: Versatility is standing out right now. Also dished out 6 assists vs. Indiana. 16 points, 8 rebounds

Ziaire Williams: The rookie has a smooth feel on offense. Scores with or without the ball. 19 points, 5 rebounds

Brandon Clarke: Clarke continues to play productive basketball. Also put up 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks last night. 11 points, 9 rebounds

Santi Aldama: Makes an impact with his cutting and rebounding. Rookie with a high basketball IQ. 9 points, 11 rebounds

Yves Pons: Athletic undrafted rookie out of Tennessee. Brings strength and energy. 9 points, 3-5 FG

Indiana Pacers

Chris Duarte: Plays like a veteran. Also dished out 4 assists and came up with 2 steals vs. Memphis. 21 points, 6 rebounds

Jeremy Lamb: Shooter with productive dribble moves. Underrated scorer. 20 points, 6-12 FG

Isaiah Jackson: Showing off a versatile skillset during preseason. Also had 2 assists and 2 steals on Wednesday. 9 points, 4 rebounds

Oshae Brissett: Can stuff the stat sheet when he’s in rhythm. Went for a career high 31 points back in May. 6 points, 2 rebounds

TJ McConnell: Under control point guard. Also recorded 7 assists and 2 steals last night. 5 points, 4 rebounds

Duane Washington Jr: Undrafted rookie with potential. Offense is there for sure. 4 points, 2-3 FG

Boston Celtics

Aaron Nesmith: Nesmith looks ready for a meaningful role this season. Also dished out 4 assists vs. Orlando. 23 points, 4-8 3-PT

Robert Williams: Always active around the rim. Also came up with 2 steals and blocked 2 shots last night. 8 points, 7 rebounds

Payton Pritchard: Confident guard off the bench. Very deep range. 10 points, 4 rebounds

Jabari Parker: Veteran who can put up points off the bench. Shot 54.2% from the field in 10 games with Boston last season. 10 points, 2-3 3-PT

Theo Pinson: Makes plays with energy. Competitiveness is at a high level. 11 points, 3 rebounds

Sam Hauser: Undrafted rookie shooter out of Virginia. Lights out jumper from outside. 8 points, 2-3 3-PT

Enes Kanter: Kanter is now back with the Celtics. Puts up big rebounding numbers in short minutes. 6 points, 5 rebounds

Grant Williams: Williams has played hard during preseason. Also collected 3 steals and 4 assists on Wednesday. 4 points, 4 rebounds

Orlando Magic

RJ Hampton: Hampton can take over games with his energy. Versatile youngster. 20 points, 8 rebounds

Mo Bamba: Expect a productive season for Bamba. Very effective shot blocker. 10 points, 5 blocks

Jeff Dowtin: Hit the game winning shot vs. Boston. Looks improved. 10 points, 5-10 FG

Terrence Ross: Athleticism continues to stand out. Smooth feel for the game. 5 points, 5 assists

E’Twaun Moore: Scoring the ball efficiently during preseason. Veteran with a solid basketball IQ. 10 points, 4-4 FG

Hassani Gravett: 25-year-old hoping for a roster spot. NBA skills on both ends. 6 points, 2 steals

Detroit Pistons

Saben Lee: Quick guard who can handle the ball and defend full court. Underrated player. 14 points, 5 assists

Isaiah Stewart: Brings a high motor on both ends. Effective shot blocker and rebounder. 7 points, 8 rebounds

Frank Jackson: Jackson has a solid feel for the game. Also dished out 3 assists vs. New York. 15 points, 7 rebounds

Jamorko Pickett: Versatile undrafted rookie out of Georgetown. Impressed at Summer League. 7 points, 5 rebounds

New York Knicks

Taj Gibson: The veteran big man is playing great. Also passed out 2 assists and blocked 2 shots vs. Detroit. 21 points, 9 rebounds

Alec Burks: Experienced guard with productive offensive skills. Poised guard. 12 points, 2 steals

Denver Nuggets

Jeff Green: Green’s hard playing style should fit Denver nicely. Consistent role player. 15 points, 2-4 3-PT

Bones Hyland: Rookie with a bright future. Competitiveness has stood out during preseason. 12 points, 4 assists

Facundo Campazzo: High energy guard off the bench. Also came up with 2 steals vs. OKC. 4 points, 5 assists

Oklahoma City Thunder

Josh Giddey: Giddey has Rookie of the Year attributes for the Thunder. Also dished out 3 assists vs. Denver. 14 points, 6 rebounds

Darius Bazley: Bazley gets better each year. Now entering his third season at just 21-years-old. 16 points, 8 rebounds

Derrick Favors: Veteran big man who brings playoff experience to OKC. Strong rebounder. 10 points, 5 rebounds

Tre Mann: The rookie brings quite the excitement on offense. Athletic scorer with deep range. 12 points, 5-10 FG

Isaiah Roby: Youngster who goes hard on both ends. Keeps the game simple. 14 points, 5 rebounds

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: #32 pick out of Villanova with versatile skills. Solid strength and athleticism. 6 points, 5 rebounds

Gabriel Deck: Deck plays poised at all times. Unselfish player. 5 points, 2-3 FG

Aaron Wiggins: Makes an impact in multiple ways. Continues to stand out in short minutes. 3 points, 2 steals

Milwaukee Bucks

Jordan Nwora: Nwora’s scoring ability can bring quite the spark. Heats up fast on offense. 13 points, 4 assists

Pat Connaughton: Veteran who brings shooting and defense. Gets to his spots for jumpers and layups. 9 points, 3-7 3-PT

George Hill: Back with the Bucks after spending last season in OKC/Philly. Trusted ball handler off the bench. 8 points, 2-4 3-PT

Justin Robinson: Scoring the ball nicely in short minutes. Makes the right plays. 4 points, 2-3 FG

Utah Jazz

Jared Butler: Electric rookie ready to make an impact. Also recorded 3 rebounds and 2 steals vs. Milwaukee. 16 points, 7 assists

Eric Paschall: Playing comfortable in Utah. Provides strength and scoring. 6 points, 4 rebounds

Udoka Azubuike: Improving every day learning from Gobert and Whiteside. Also blocked 3 shots on Wednesday. 4 points, 7 rebounds

Elijah Hughes: Second year player who can shoot it. Focusing on defense and consistency right now. 12 points, 3-4 3-PT

Hassan Whiteside: Rebounds and protects the rim effectively. Also had 2 blocks last night. 7 points, 5 rebounds

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