Aussies in NBA: Mitch Creek wraps up Summer League with solid offensive effort
|Steve Chalmers||Jul 16, 2017|
Mitch Creek recorded 10 points (5/6 FG) and six rebounds in 16 minutes of playing time, in his final Summer League game with the Utah Jazz.
Creek scored mostly inside the paint, scoring a few points on missed baskets and grabbing some offensive rebounds in the process.
The Utah Jazz defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 97-76 in their classification game, behind a number of contributors - one being Creek, who managed to compete at both ends of the floor.
Creek's play throughout the Summer League has been had been highlighted to scouts, more so on the defensive end. It was excellent to see him finish strongly attacking the rim with the ball in hand.
Unfortunately, his teammates didn't quite understand how to work the 'handles' with Creek, seeing the funny side, having to show himself some love entering a time-out.
Creek has lavished his time in Las Vegas, after being the only NBL player to secure an NBA Summer League invite before mini-camps commenced.
Speaking to NBL Media, Creek was thrilled to be a part of the experience and silence the doubters.
"I had everyone doubt me that I couldn't get here, and I still have people saying I can't do it, but at the end of the day they're sitting on the couch behind a keyboard and I'm out here playing running up and down with these guys," Creek said with a big grin.
Looking back at Creek's Summer League experience, he looked quite comfortable out there and it certainly would helped having some familiar faces surrounding him.
Having teamed up with fellow Sixers Nathan Sobey and head coach Joey Wright who were both part of the Jazz set-up over this period, Creek managed to show comfort as well as flash at different times of the week.
Recapping his earlier games, Creek had eight points (3/7 FG, 0/1 3P), two rebounds and two assists against the Phoenix Suns, on 14 minutes of playing time.
He went scoreless against the Los Angeles Clippers, grabbing three rebounds, and making one steal in nine minutes of time.
Despite what looked like a quiet performance in Summer League, Creek made his impact as a tough defender on the court with effort and hustle, representing the Australian sporting ethos perfectly.
There has been no indication on whether Creek's NBA journey will advance to training camp.