Udoka Azubuike finishes 9-for-9 from the field with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
A look at top performers from Day 2 at Salt Lake City and California (Sacramento):
Udoka Azubuike, Utah Jazz White
Azubuike is going to be a problem. He certainly was for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
The 7-foot, 270-pound behemoth dominated the Jazz White’s over the Grizzlies, finishing with 19 points on 9-of-9 shooting to go with 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Azubuike added three blocks and two steals on the defensive end while committing only two personal fouls.
Azubuike, the 27th pick in the 2020 Draft, saw limited action in only 15 NBA contests last season, as an ankle injury suffered in January while playing in the G League kept him sidelined for several months.
Heading into his second NBA season, Azubuike will look to secure a more consistent role with the Jazz. The 21-year-old will battle recent addition Hassan Whiteside for minutes at center behind reigning Kia Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.
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Max Strus & Omer Yurtseven, Miami Heat
Playing in his first game since signing a two-year deal with the Heat, Max Strus scored a game-high 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 5-of-11 shooting from deep in Miami’s over Golden State.
But it wasn’t a one-man show for the Heat. One night after scoring 27 points with 19 rebounds, Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven posted 25 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as Miami won both of its games at the California Classic.