After 11 jam-packed days, another NBA Summer League in Las Vegas has come to a close.
The Portland Trail Blazers emerged as champions with an 85-77 win over the Knicks on Sunday afternoon. But we also had five more games where players made their last attempts to earn roster spots and training camp invites.
With so many top prospects resting, undrafted players took the spotlight. All six of Monday's "studs" went undrafted, but that hasn't stopped them from chasing their NBA dreams.
Here are the final standouts from Las Vegas:
Brandon Williams, Portland Trail Blazers
How did Brandon Williams make this pass?!#NBA2K23SummerLeague Championship Game Live Now on ESPN pic.twitter.com/3kt9n9dM9d— NBA (@NBA) July 17, 2022
Box score stats: 22 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 5/9 FG, 2/5 3PT
Williams needed this performance badly. After breaking into the starting lineup of an injury-riddled Portland team last spring, his future seemed murky with Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons both returning. Williams hadn't really stood out in Las Vegas yet, but he led the Blazers to a Summer League title on Sunday.
The 22-year-old was a heads-up playmaker and punctuated his passing with the above play. He also knocked down several self-created shots against tough defense from Deuce McBride and made all 10 of his free throw attempts. While it's unclear what Williams' role will look like in Portland next season, he at least heads into summer break on a positive swing.
Gabe Brown, Oklahoma City Thunder
Yo this pass from Abdul Gaddy to Gabe Brown in the corner... pic.twitter.com/2jEAvz0mRz— Aram Cannuscio (@AC__Hoops) July 17, 2022
Box score stats: 23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 8/15 FG, 5/12 3PT
OKC's playmakers were dazzling, and Brown helped them out by finishing off plays. He drilled 5 three-pointers as a floor-spacer and also finished off an alley-oop in transition. Brown also teased a bit of self-creation with a long step-back two and a fast break score he took all the way to the basket by himself. Brown projects as mostly a 3-and-D player in the NBA, but it's a good sign that he can be aggressive in the right moments.
John Butler, New Orleans Pelicans
John Butler Jr. finished a PERFECT 9-for-9 from the field in the @PelicansNBA win to close out their #NBA2K23SummerLeague schedule!@john_e_butler: 25 PTS (9/9 FGM), 7 REB, 6 3PM pic.twitter.com/0j2Hz1OFn7— NBA (@NBA) July 17, 2022
Box score stats: 25 points, 7 rebounds, 9/9 FG, 6/6 3PT
Butler is one of the more bizarre rookies in his class as a 7-foot-1, floor-spacing wing. He had been relatively quiet for most of Summer League, but exploded in a perfect performance from the field. Butler's triples were all of the catch-and-shoot variety, but he did knock down two mid-range pull-ups and finish off a cut with a dun. Butler is too skinny and stiff to be a rotation player at this stage. However, he is one of the more unique long-term bets in the entire league.
Elijah Stewart, New Orleans Pelicans
Elijah Stewart. Relentless. +1— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 17, 2022
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Box score stats: 20 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 7/14 FG, 4/7 3PT
At age-26, Stewart is one of the older players in Las Vegas. He showed his experience and poise on drives, where he powered to the basket for strong finishes through contact. Stewart also made high-level passing reads to shooters and cutters off of those drives. He made 245 three-pointers when he played at USC, so the success from distance comes as no surprise. Stewart has never played in the NBA, suited up for three G League teams in 2018-19 and has spent the last three seasons overseas. This game could be a breakthrough moment for him.
Jaime Echenique, Washington Wizards
Jaime Echenique flies to the rack!— NBA (@NBA) July 18, 2022
Live Now on ESPN 2 pic.twitter.com/Fl3V6i4Mde
Box score stats: 19 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 5/8 FG, 9/10 FT
Echenique played all of three minutes for Washington last season but averaged 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds with the G League affiliate Capital City Go-Go. The center was a bully inside against the Warriors, but he also showed solid touch with floaters and hook shots. He's a sturdy interior presence at 6-foot-11 and 258 pounds. This showed up on the defensive end with Echenique stonewalling driving threats.
Adonis Arms, Denver Nuggets
Adonis from deeeeeep @adonis_arms_25 | #SummerNuggs pic.twitter.com/fkkdMJQCas— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) July 18, 2022
Box score stats: 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 8/12 FG, 4/4 3PT
Arms' recent basketball career has seen him rise from Mesa Community College, to Northwest Nazarene and Winthrop, to Texas Tech. Now, he's maximizing his chances at the league with Denver. Arms displayed impressive body control on his layup attempts and confidence from beyond the arc. He used some active hands to generate steals and picked up two phenomenal blocks defending around the basket. After going undrafted this June, the 6-foot-6 Arms has a serious shot at sticking around with Denver.
Other notable performers: Trendon Watford (Trail Blazers), Jabari Walker (Trail Blazers), Deuce McBride (Knicks), Abu Kigab (Raptors), Louis King (Suns), Dereon Seabron (Pelicans), Quenton Jackson (Wizards)