Santi Aldama showcased his ability to take over a game in Memphis’ 120-84 win over the Brooklyn Nets in the Las Vegas Summer League. He had 31 points while shooting 12-for-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from deep, along with nine rebounds and three blocks.
He helped the Grizzlies tie a record for the most points (120) from a team in a Summer League game. After playing internationally (Spanish national team) and collegiately (Loyola) Aldama spent time most of the time in G League.
The forward/center started the Summer League slow, as he had just four points in the Grizzlies’ opening loss to the Clippers. Aldama appeared in just 32 games last season, but with his latest performance might found a more consistent role in Memphis.
He’s averaging 19.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists through three games. He’s shooting 58 percent from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc providing more clarity to the Grizzlies on what he can become in the future.
Aldama put on a clinic with key outside shots and putbacks and also dominated with well-timed blocks and hustle plays. The Spaniard has a long way to go before becoming a regular contributor, but his Summer League performances are definitely a start.