2018 NBA Summer League Recap: Former Michigan Players

Moritz Wagner-Caris LeVert-D.J. Wilson-Derrick Walton Jr.-Duncan Robinson-Michigan basketball-NBA Summer League-NBA-Wolverines Rocky Widner / Getty Images

2018 NBA Summer League Recap: Former Michigan Players

Basketball

2018 NBA Summer League Recap: Former Michigan Players


Caris LeVert, Duncan Robinson, Moritz Wagner, Derrick Walton Jr. and D.J. Wilson all competed in the 2018 NBA Summer League.


2018 NBA Summer League Recap: Former Michigan Players

Five former Michigan players, one Summer League.

Throughout two weeks of the 2018 NBA Summer League, five former Michigan basketball players were present. However, just four were active on the floor.

Here is the full breakdown of how Caris LeVert, Duncan Robinson, Moritz Wagner, Derrick Walton Jr. and D.J. Wilson did on the hardwood.

Caris LeVert

After averaging 10.4 points per game in two NBA seasons for the Brooklyn Nets, small forward Caris LeVert was assigned to the 2018 NBA Summer League roster.

He did not play and was a healthy scratch for every game.

“Establish leadership within the younger guys, help with implementing the offense, talking out things defensively and then just working on some skills that I’ve been working on with [Summer League coach Jacque Vaughn].”

In the 2017-18 season, LeVert averaged 12.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 71 games. He shot 43.5 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from 3-point range.

Duncan Robinson

Every unsigned Summer League player has a dream to wind up with an NBA contract. For small forward Duncan Robinson, it became a reality.

On July 10, the Miami Heat signed him to a two-way contract.

“I’m just excited and incredibly fortunate. Words can’t quite put it into perspective. It’s an incredible blessing. I’ve just tried to enjoy (basketball) as much as possible.”

In seven 2018 Summer League games, Robinson averaged 12.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He shot 51.8 percent from the field and 55.3 recent from 3-point range in 25.0 minutes per game.

On his 3-pointers, Robinson went 21-for-38.

Moritz Wagner

During his sixth 2018 Summer League game for the Los Angeles Lakers, power forward Moritz Wagner went down with an injury, left the game and was diagnosed with a knee contusion.

“It’s frustrating because you want to play — I want to play. Especially now in playoff mode. Now it’s about the important stuff first, and it’s not the time to push it.”

Wagner finished with 12.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks per game. He shot 36.8 percent from the field, converting on 25-of-68 shots.

The 7-foot, 241-pound forward was ruled out for the remained of the Summer League after going down on July 10. He should be ready to go for his rookie season.

Derrick Walton Jr.

Due to Duncan Robinson joining the Miami Heat on a two-way contract, point guard Derrick Walton Jr. lost his two-way contract with the same team.

Walton became an unrestricted free agent and posted 30 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds in his finals two games.

“I’m honestly not worried about it. Just worry about what’s in front of me and let that be what it is. At the end of the day, there’s not really much I can do about it in the first place, so I can just control what I can control.”

The point guard averaged 9.5 points, 6.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals in seven games. Walton shot 32.4 percent from the field and 13.5 percent from 3-point range in 27.4 minutes per game.

Walton’s future is unclear.

D.J. Wilson

For the second year in a row, power forward D.J. Wilson was Michigan’s top NBA Summer League scorer. He posted 13.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

Wilson made 40.6 percent of shots from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range. He played 27.6 minutes per contest.

From Milwaukee Summer League coach Taylor Jenkins on Wilson:

“I was really proud of his consistency. … Offensively, he’s super talented, playing with a great pace and playing with a great motor, and defensively, I was really impressed with how he guarded. Pick-and-roll defense, coming over and being weak-side help, multiple efforts, habits he’s going to need going into next season so I was super impressed.”

In his rookie 2017-18 NBA season, the 6-foot-10, 234-pound forward averaged 1.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.1 assists in 22 games played. Wilson was the No. 17 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Contact/Follow @WolverinesWire / @EvanPetzold

Latest

More WolverinesWire
Home