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The Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers were both missing 2023 first-round picks as Jett Howard, Anthony Black and Scoot Henderson sat out of Thursday night Summer League action.
That left all eyes on Shaedon Sharpe.
The 2022 No. 7 pick went 4-of-10 from the field and sunk three of four free throws to put up 12 points in a first-half performance that had fans predicting him taking the next step in the NBA next season.
SHAEDON SHARPE FROM THE LOGO 🥶
In 2022-23, Sharpe made 80 appearances and 15 starts with the Blazers, averaging 9.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 22.2 minutes per game. After his performance Thursday, some fans are already expecting to see those numbers climb.
Nathan Keener @nate23keener
Shaedon Sharpe just did 6 things in less than 3 minutes that just make you shake your head… special specialllll talent
Brett Usher @UsherNBA
These are the reps – the on-ball creation reps – that Shaedon Sharpe needs, and the fact that he’s not only playing Summer League but *still* playing four games in reflects an awareness of that fact on the part of both team and player.
Shaedon Sharpe, Scoot Henderson, and Kris Murray will be a problem in 3-5 years
The Blazers emerged from the 2022 Summer League as champions. Their performance tonight will determine their spot in the four-team elimination bracket as they look to defend their Vegas title—and potentially give fans another potential glimpse at Sharpe’s offense in the Summer League postseason.