After a banner rookie season in the bj-league, forward Le’Bryan Nash continues his quest to secure a job in the NBA.
Next stop: The NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League.
The 201-cm Nash gave the Fukushima Firebonds a bj-league best 26.6 ponts per game this past season, including 47- and 54-point performances, the latter a single-game record for the league. He’s now scheduled to play for the Milwaukee Bucks in Las Vegas, Tulsa World reported.
On Friday, the Bucks open their Summer League campaign against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the casino capital of the United States.
Nash, who starred at Oklahoma State before beginning his pro career with Fukushima, is grateful for the opportunity.
“That’s all I can ask for,” Nash, the bj-league’s 2015-16 All-Star Game MVP, told Tulsa World. “Just thank God for the Bucks getting me an opportunity to get on that team.”
The 24-team Las Vegas Summer League concludes on July 18.
Meanwhile, looking back at his stellar season in Japan, Nash, who turns 24 on June 30, recognizes that it was a beneficial experience.
“I think that experience took me back to like, you know, more pro style,” he told Tulsa World. “More spread and to the NBA game, which I think that’s my style of play.”
Months before Nash, who wasn’t drafted following his senior year at Oklahoma State, wrapped up his scoring title in Japan, he admitted he was playing with a chip on his shoulder.
“I think I should’ve been in the NBA, but all I can do is prove myself and show them that they made a mistake,” Nash told The Japan Times last December.