One of the great things about the NBA Summer League is getting to see unheralded players make a name for themselves and find their way onto NBA rosters. It’s essentially the essence of what the league is about. One of the players that was able to do just that this year was point guard Dwight Buycks.
Buycks started the Orlando Summer League playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s squad and turned a ton of heads. In four games in Orlando with OKC, Buycks averaged 9.5 points, six assists, two steals and 2.5 rebounds in just 21 minutes per game and while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. That performance was enough to earn him a deal with the Toronto Raptors.
In the Las Vegas Summer League, Buycks only got to play one game with the Raps. However, he looked great in that one game, putting up nine points, two assists and two steals on 60 percent shooting in 32 minutes. The most impressive part was how he looked in control of his team when he was on the floor. He was able to effectively make things happen on both ends of the floor and wasn’t flustered by the NBA environment.
Buycks has spent the last two years playing in the D-League and playing overseas, which has obviously helped him mature as a player. He’s going to be competing for time as Kyle Lowry’s backup with D.J. Augustin and Sebastian Telfair. However, given Augustin and Telfair’s lack of solid production in the NBA, though, Buycks has just as good of a shot as anyone to earn minutes as Toronto’s backup point guard.
If Buycks is able to get the opportunity in Toronto, his performance at Summer League seems to indicate that he will be able to have success. He might not be a great scorer, but he has the ability to run an offense effectively and open up plays for his teammates. In the end, Buycks’ Summer League performance may have earned him a consistent role in this league.