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Joey Hauser, Max Christie shine in NBA Summer League openers

Spartans thriving in the NBA?



Joey Hauser
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Max Christie led the Lakers in scoring and Joey Hauser led the Jazz in rebounds in their respective Summer League openers.

Monday kicked off the NBA Summer League and a couple of Spartans in the NBA shined early on. In fact, Joey Hauser led the Jazz in rebounds while Max Christie led the Lakers in scoring.

This was Hauser’s first NBA action since getting signed to a two-way contract by Utah. He’ll be spending time with their G-League team and on the active roster this season. Each NBA team is only allowed to utilize two two-way contracts per year and it’s cool to see Hauser get one.

Christie spent time with the Lakers this past season after getting drafted early in the second round and while he didn’t play a ton, he was considered one of the “untouchable” pieces at the trade deadline. He’s entering year two with high hopes for an increased role.

Well, if he plays like he did on Monday in the Lakers’ first Summer League game, he’ll earn that increased role in no time. He finished with a team-high 17 points on over 50 percent shooting. He also had four assists.

It looks like Christie is more aggressive with the ball in his hands and he’s not settling for long-range jumpers. His bag has been expanded.

As for Hauser, he didn’t do much scoring (three points on 1-for-5 shooting) but he led the Jazz with nine rebounds and had three assists.

The shooting isn’t going to be a concern since no one is worried about him knocking down jumpers so it was important that he showed he can do other things well. His rebounding and passing were on point and that had to impress the organization. He’s not just a one-trick pony.

It’ll be fun to watch these two progress during the Summer League while keeping an eye on other Spartans in the NBA (looking at you, Gabe Brown).

Writer, co-owner of Spartan Shadows. Michigan State and college football expert at FanSided and formerly of The Detroit News. Expert on all things Michigan State. Connor Muldowney has written about Michigan State since graduating from the university with a degree in journalism back in 2013. Ten years of experience as a Michigan State writer/reporter.