With both teams winning two of three contests in the preliminary rounds, the ninth-seeded Bucks and eighth-seeded Lakers will meet Thursday (4:30 ET, NBATV) in the second round of the Las Vegas Summer League’s inaugural championship tournament.
Seeding was determined by a system in which teams were awarded points for game victories, as well as winning individual quarters.
The two squads earned first-round byes in the 22-team tournament, allowing for an extra day of rest Wednesday while teams seeded outside of the top 10 faced off for the right to advance.
Through three games, Milwaukee has been led by two players with NBA experience in John Henson and Dominique Jones. Henson, widely considered one of the top overall players in Vegas, is averaging 14.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, though he sat out one of the preliminary contests. Jones leads the team in scoring at 15.0 points per game (47.8% FG) while adding 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists. A first-round selection of the Mavericks in 2010, Jones has consistently displayed an ability to get to the basket and has attempted a team-high (by far) 25 free throws through three games.
Rookie Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) and third-year player Ish Smith have split time at point guard for the Bucks, but neither have been able to gain a stranglehold on the position.
Milwaukee native, and former Wisconsin star, Marcus Landry has shined for Los Angeles, as he leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game to go with 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Rookie Elias Harris (Gonzaga) and journeyman Lester Hudson are also averaging double-figures, putting up 10.0 and 11.3 points per game, respectively.
Chris Douglas-Roberts, once a beloved, shades-wearing Buck, is a member of the Lakers’ roster, along with former Marquette standout Lazar Hayward. Los Angeles also features the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League MVP, Josh Selby. However, the one-time top recruit is averaging just 2.0 points in 14.0 minutes per game.
The winner of Thursday’s contest will move on to play Saturday against either Golden State – the tournament’s top overall seed, responsible for handing Bucks their only loss Tuesday – or the winner of Wednesday night’s first-round Mavericks/Clippers matchup. Thursday’s loser will be placed in the consolation bracket.
View the entire Las Vegas Summer League tournament bracket – with seedings and time slots – here.