It was Aussie versus Aussie today, when Mitch Creek and Jock Landale faced off in Day 4 of the NBA Summer League as starters for their respective teams.
Creek ultimately led the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 100-91 win against Landale's Milwaukee Bucks, hitting two three-pointers in the fourth quarter to lock that W in. The forward played nearly 28 minutes, and had 18 points (6/9 FG, 2/4 3P) along with 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals.
"The thing with Mitch, is he tries so hard and it's all about effort with him," Timberwolves digital content manager, Kyle Ratke said post-game. "He's just a big character guy. At the end of last season, he was just with the team for a week or two but everybody fell in love with him."
Creek hasn't always been known for his long-range shooting, but the corner threes he hit are a positive testament to the work he's put in to improve every aspect of his game. At this point, there's no reason to doubt he belongs on an NBA team.
Landale had an efficient overall game. The big man had 12 points (5/7 FG, 1/3 3P), 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks in 26 minutes of court time.
Duop Reath played 3:35, hitting a driving layup straight down the lane after a fumble allowed him to break through the perimeter. He ended the game with 2 points and 1 block against the Washington Wizards. The Nets won 88-85, behind Josh Gray's 19 points.