Basketball

Matt Thomas, Naz Mitrou-Long continue to impress in Summer League

Matt Thomas had another great game for the Lakers Las Vegas Summer League. Thomas began the Summer League just over a week ago barely playing for Los Angeles. Now, thanks to some injuries on his team and his production while getting time, Thomas is in the starting lineup for a team playing in the league semi-finals Sunday night (7 p.m. on ESPN2).

In a 115-106 victory over the Nets on Saturday night, Thomas played 28 minutes, scored 17 points and went 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Thomas also chipped in with eight rebounds and two assists.

Not bad, Matty.

Meanwhile, Naz Mitrou-Long scored 21 points for the Kings on Friday night in a 93-87 win over the Suns!

It is still probably a long shot that either of these guys will be on an NBA roster when the season begins this fall, but both have absolutely helped their cause when it comes to landing a G-League contract – much like what Abdel Nader did a year ago.

The more lucrative Europe option will always be there too.

Regardless, it has been a lot of fun to watch over the last week.

Chris Williams

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Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.