The 2022 NBA summer league is coming to a close, which has led to many high profile rookies, as well as some ‘veteran’ players, getting rested to keep them healthy for the regular season.
That gives other players a final chance to stake their claim for playing time in the upcoming NBA season, which is exactly what Andrew Nembhard did for the Indiana Pacers on Friday evening.
Indiana was already resting former Oregon guard Chris Duarte, and they went into Friday’s game without rookie Benn Mathurin, center Isaiah Jackson, and wing Terry Taylor – giving Nembhard a great chance to shine on the big stage.
Nembhard may have only had seven points, but he dished out a game-high nine assists and pulled down six rebounds for good measure, flirting with a triple-double in 32 minutes of action – while only recording one turnover.
While the shooting was underwhelming in this one (3-9 from the field and 1-4 from deep) it’s his passing that caught some eyeballs, including this no-look dime to former Baylor guard Kendall Brown:
Nembhard has clearly established himself as a part of Indiana’s plan for the foreseeable future, and while his exact playing time situation next season is still unsettled – it looks like he will get plenty of run for a rebuilding team – especially if he keeps making plays like that one.
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