As the 2021-2022 NBA season draws to a close, the 2022 NBA Summer League begins with the participation of three former Virginia Cavaliers. Notably, Trey Murphy will take on a leadership role with the New Orleans Pelicans, Sam Hauser is hoping to prove he’s worthy of a multi-year deal with the Boston Celtics, and Jay Huff will be looking to demonstrate his high potential with the purple and gold colors.
While Hauser and Murphy don’t start the game until the ninth, Huff and the Lakers have already hit the hardwood. In 21 minutes yesterday against the Heat, the North Carolina native had nine points, seven rebounds and two assists while also showing off his ridiculous dunking ability.
In fact, Huff was so impressive against Miami that our colleagues at Silver Screen & Roll, who cover the Lakers for SB Nation, wrote:
On the list of Lakers fans excited about coming to the Summer League, Jay Huff certainly wouldn’t have ranked high on that list. However, the big man revealed why the Lakers put him on a two-way deal at some point last season and why his future could be bright.
Huff defended the rim exceptionally well that day, both in the transition phase and in the half court. He was only officially credited with two blocks, but both feels inaccurate and doesn’t feel like how many shots he changed on the rim that day.
He mixed this with an offensive performance that included a 3-pointer and a couple of athletic finishes on the edge, as well as some nice passes from short roll situations that impressed. It may just be a Summer League game, but Huff has been on the Lakers radar for a while and in-house for a while.
If he keeps playing like he did on Saturday, he could very well play his way into a squad this fall.
Meanwhile, Murphy is entering his second year in the summer league as a permanent fixture in New Orleans’ NBA rotation. After impressing everyone with his shooting and finishing skills last summer, he makes a point of being a veteran to the younger players in the summer league.
Trey Murphy went and spoke today about the role of being one of the leaders of this summer league squad. Before telling the media about trying to offer advice to the newcomers and holding them accountable on the pitch, he endured a lengthy argument with Dyson Daniels and EJ Liddell.
— Oleh Kosel (@OlehKosel) July 2, 2022
Finally, Hauser is focused on cementing himself as one of the Celtics’ up-and-coming players as Boston has reportedly turned down his team option as they hope to ban him for a few years. Although Hauser has played just 26 games for Boston this season, he’s clearly made his mark on the Celtics.
The Celtics are also expected to agree to a multi-year deal with Sam Hauser when the dust clears in the coming days, according to a league source.
Boston made that path pretty clear when it turned down Hauser’s team option for next year.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 1, 2022
To keep track of when these three play, you can check out the full Summer League schedule here.