Dylan Ennis had the kind of performance today that every undrafted NBA hopeful comes to Las Vegas in the summer dreaming about.
After scoring just 21 points in his first five games, Ennis exploded for 20 points in the second quarter alone against the L.A. Clippers in the Golden State Warriors' 109-100 win to finish up their run in the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League.
Ennis finished the game with a game-high 35 points, including a Vegas Summer League record eight threes. In addition to setting the 3-point record, Ennis' 35 points is the second most points scored in a game in Vegas this summer so far.
Ennis went into halftime with 23 points after shooting 6-for-9 from the 3-point line in the first half. As this was the final game for both teams after losses in the second round of the Las Vegas Summer League Tournament, Ennis provided just the type of spark this completely meaningless game needed.
Warriors fans chanted "MVP" for a red-hot Dylan Ennis. He finished the half with 23 points in 12 minutes on 8-of-12 shooting (6-of-9 3s).— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) July 14, 2017
This was the Warriors' fifth game in five nights and sixth in the last seven nights; after last night’s blowout loss to the Boston Celtics, expectations should’ve been low for today’s game. Neither rookie Jordan Bell nor
first ballot Hall of Famer Patrick McCaw played and the other Warriors under contract — Damian Jones and Kevon Looney — weren't especially impactful. Yet the Warriors were able to hang on to the lead after Ennis' big first half.
After their loss to the Celtics, the Warriors were eliminated from Vegas Summer League Tournament championship contention and were going to head home tonight, win or lose — this is the end of summer league for them. But Ennis emerged from the shadow of Bell and McCaw to make a name for himself, which is all a NBA hopeful is trying to do at summer league.
Dylan Ennis averaged 10.9 points per game for Oregon last season. Today, he has 35 points and has hit eight three-pointers.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) July 15, 2017
I like Ennis for the G League for sure. Like his vocal leadership and knows how to play with talent. Doesn't need to be featured— Kevin Danna (@kevo408) July 15, 2017
Assessments of player under contract
We’ve already reviewed the Warriors’ four roster players previously and those assessments haven’t changed much after tonight’s game.
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