While all eyes were on Ray Parks and Jordan Clarkson as they saw action in the NBA Summer League, there are actually two more Filipino-American players who have also showed their wares in the tournament, hoping to land a spot in an NBA roster next season.
Both Stephen Holt of the Atlanta Hawks and Aaron Craft of the Golden State Warriors have both played major minutes for their respective clubs in the tournament.
The 6’4″ Holt, a product of Saint Mary Gaels and once eyed to be a member of the Gilas Pilipinas national team, has helped the Hawks enter the Summer League semifinals. He started all of his team’s five games, averaging 21.4 minutes of play.
The 23-year-old guard has also put up 8.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.6 assists per outing. His best game was against the Denver Nuggets when he scored 17 markers alongside two assists and three steals in an 82-73 win last Thursday.
He was able to play against Parks and the Dallas Mavericks during the quarterfinals, finishing with five points, three assists and two rebounds in a 91-83 win.
Holt, who earlier signed a deal to play in for Melbourne United in Australia’s National Basketball League, also played for the Hawks’ Summer League team last year and was able sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, only to be cut right before the season.
Meanwhile, Craft, a 6’2″ guard out of Ohio State, was also named as a starter for all of the Warriors’ games in the tournament. He averaged 4.8 points, 4.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 25.8 minutes per game.
One of his teammates is former PBA import Dominique Sutton.
Craft was able to dish out seven assists in an 83-75 win over the Cavaliers last July 10, a game which, on paper, was his most impressive one. He also had nine points, three rebounds and a steal in that outing.
The 24-year-old Craft last played for Golden State’s D-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he won a championship as well as the Defensive Player of the Year honors last season.
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