Hitting the jackpot: Ex-Illini vying for NBA roster spots

Hitting the jackpot: Ex-Illini vying for NBA roster spots

Three ex-Illini are in the NBA Summer League, which starts its playoff round today in Las Vegas. Here's a look at how the trio has fared this month:


Illinois' all-time leading shot blocker is averaging four points and 2.7 rebounds in three games in Las Vegas for Detroit's summer squad as well as playing 16.3 minutes per game — fifth most on the team. The 6-foot-11 center also has a blocked shot.


The News-Gazette's 2017 Male Illini of the Year is back for his second summer-league stint after spending last year playing in Germany. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 4.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games in Vegas, while hitting 50 percent of his shots. He also added six points and dished out two assists in 22 minutes in his lone game playing in Utah.


Once among the best guards in John Groce's era at Illinois, Nunn finished his career at Oakland with an NCAA-best 4.47 three-pointers per game and has carried his shooting prowess into the pros. The 6-foot-3 guard cracked the top five in points (14.0) and rebounds (8.0) during the Sacramento portion of summer-league action, averaging a team-high 33.5 minutes on the floor.