Milwaukee Bucks: Takeaways from Summer League win over Brooklyn Nets

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 27: Rashad Vaughn
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 27: Rashad Vaughn /
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CLEVELAND, OH – FEBRUARY 27: Rashad Vaughn
CLEVELAND, OH – FEBRUARY 27: Rashad Vaughn /

Vaughn Goes Off

It finally happened. Bucks fans are now into their third successive summer of hoping to see Rashad Vaughn stand out in Las Vegas Summer League, and finally the former UNLV man has delivered a performance worthy of real praise.

The problem for Vaughn, both in Summer League and the NBA, has been putting the various attributes of his game together to offer any kind of consistent, positive influence. In years past in Vegas, some of the 20-year-old’s most exciting moments have come from Vaughn asserting himself in a way which has been conspicuously absent from his NBA play.

On this occasion, it wasn’t just one surprising, thunderous dunk, but 33 minutes of dictating the play.

Vaughn scored efficiently, as he got to the rack with ease. The Nets had no answer for Vaughn, as he repeatedly shook their guards loose off the dribble, opening up clear avenues to the rim.

Even the three-point accuracy that has abandoned him since the moment he was drafted was on display. Vaughn went 3-7 from deep, with those four misses making up for 80 percent of his total missed field goals on the night.

Vaughn tied the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma for the highest scoring game of 2017 Summer League so far, finishing up with 31 points, as well as a welcome eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

This is still very far from Vaughn turning a corner and warranting meaningful NBA opportunities, but it’s a start. Now the focus shifts to whether he can keep it up against the Clippers.