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Cardinal Take on NBA Summer League

We reflect on the time former Cardinal basketball players Anthony Brown, Stefan Nastic, Chasson Randle and Dwight Powell spent in Las Vegas during this year's NBA Summer League.

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Anthony Brown

Fresh off his second-round selection and inking his first NBA contract on July 9, recently departed Anthony Brown saw himself logging a healthy amount of minutes for a Lakers team that has become a laughing stock in the league as of late. The talk amongst Laker fans at Summer League regarding Brown's performance has been split. He started 3 of 5 games during the tournament, logging an average of 21.4 minutes of court time per game, but managed just an average of 5 points while shooting 0.333 from the field and 0.250 from three-point land. Brown entered the draft and the Lakers known as a shooter, but emerged from Summer League being regarded for his defensive play. His stats are by no means outstanding, but he isn't competing for a roster spot with a young Lakers core and a team that is rebuilding.

Stefan Nastic

Nastic, undrafted, had a busy summer ahead of him. As previously reported here on Rule of Tree by Alex Kirschenbaum, Nastic participated with both the Spurs and Warriors at this years Summer League. A fan favorite on the Farm, eyes were set on the big-man, who was one of the few "true centers" on hand for the Summer League, especially after the dramatic improvements he'd shown between his junior and senior seasons.

The first go around in Utah turned out to be a bit rough for Nastic, as he appeared in just two games, playing just under five minutes colectively and recording no points off three attempts from the field.

Nastic appeared in four games with Golden State, starting in three and joining fellow teammate Chasson Randle and Pac-12 rival Kevin Looney. He averaged just over 14 minutes per game, collecting 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Warriors during the second half of his Summer League stay. Certainly speculation about the health of Nastic's foot and athletic abilities ultimately effected his draft stock. But the odds of him making an already bolstered and stacked Warriors roster out of camp were already against him.

Chasson Randle

After being passed on in the NBA draft, the Cardinal all-time leading scorer scored his Summer League deal with the defending champs alongside the aforementioned Stefan Nastic. Despite the success and poise he showed on the Farm, the draft stock just wasn't there, as previously reported here on SBNation, Randle was the 70th most preferred player in our consensus mock draft. Draft stock proved worthless in the cases of All Stars Ben Wallace and Brad Miller, so success in the L is still an option.

Ultimately, Randle would come off the bench for the duration of the tournament and would get off to a rocky start. In his debut against the Cavaliers, Randle played nearly 18 minutes; shooting 1-for-5, all three-pointers, and 3-for-6 from the free throw line in his 6 point game.

Overall, he'd finish the tournament averaging 20.2 MPG while collecting 9.5 PPG shooting 0.358 from the field and 0.321 from beyond the arc.

Again, nothing is etched in stone, but it seems unlikely the undrafted guard would be in a position to fight for a roster spot given the team's already tremendous lineup.

Dwight Powell

The most talked about scenario from Stanford basketball this summer comes from the player that is most removed.

Starting in all six games for the Mavs, Powell has been the stud of the Summer League for Dallas' squad, posting an average of 18.8 PPG, 9.2 rebounds while playing an average of just under 33 minutes per game. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle spoke on the success of Powell by saying, "He's positioned well with this organization. He’s a multi-position player that has skill, athleticism and a great work ethic, and he’s going to have a great summer."

Most of you might remember the second-year NBA player came to Dallas in the Rajon Rondo deal with the Boston Celtics and has served largely in a bench capacity, appearing in about 9 minutes per game for the team during the second half of the season.

There is no doubt that the departures of Brown, Nastic and Randle ultimately effect the depth of the Cardinal, but it's been fun watching these players flourish at the college level and fight for a chance in the big show.