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The NBA summer leagues have officially drawn to a close. Here's how your favorite Cyclones did in Las Vegas.

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The NBA shifted its attention to Sin City a week ago when the Las Vegas Summer League got underway. As the largest of the three NBA summer leagues, the Las Vegas league generally attracts the most attention from the media and public, as the game's newest players try their best to prove they can handle the professional game's quicker pace and higher talent level.

Along with Diante Garrett, who also made an appearance in the Orlando Pro Summer League, three former Iowa State players secured spots on summer teams for the Las Vegas league. Garrett and 3-point sniper Tyrus McGee joined former Cyclone head coach Fred Hoiberg on the Chicago Bulls' team, DeAndre Kane slotted in with the Atlanta Hawks, and Bryce Dejean-Jones played for the New Orleans Pelicans.

RELATED: Former Iowa State Players Compete in Orlando Pro Summer League

All four players got into at least four games for their respective teams. But which one played the best? Here's the game-by-game review...

Diante Garrett

July 11 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Diante Garrett 20:09 3-10 0-2 1-2 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 0 7

DG started off his Vegas experience with a 30% performance from the field. The poor percentage could likely be attributed to fatigue from having to make the trip from Orlando to Las Vegas overnight (he played in a game with the Los Angeles Clippers the day before).

July 12 vs. Toronto Raptors
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Diante Garrett 23:09 3-8 0-2 3-5 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 1 9

In Garrett's third game in three days, he notched up his shooting efficiency and added three assists with no turnovers.

July 14 vs. Brooklyn Nets
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Diante Garrett 22:48 5-10 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 8 2 0 6 1 13

If you take a look only at the offensive stats, this was Garrett's best game in Las Vegas. 13 points and 8 assists on 50% shooting is a pretty solid outing. What Bulls fans will quickly point to is the six turnovers, which probably cost Chicago the game in the end (they lost by one point).

July 15 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Diante Garrett 18:02 2-5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 6 1 2 3 0 5

Another game with a good assist total, and cutting the turnover mark in half from the previous game was a step in the right direction. Garrett wasn't as trigger-happy in this one, but he didn't need to be as the Bulls beat the Cavs by 18 points.

July 16 vs. Toronto Raptors
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Diante Garrett 27:34 2-8 0-1 7-7 0 1 1 4 2 1 3 0 11

In this one, Garrett scored his points almost exclusively from the line, hitting all of his attempts from the charity stripe. The ability to draw fouls when attacking the bucket is something that DG wants to show he can do in order to secure a spot on an NBA roster.

Garrett hit four of his free throws in the final 22 seconds of the game to secure a four point Bulls victory.

Oh, by the way, Garrett also attempted this awesome FREE THROW PUMP FAKE against the Raptors that had younger players from both teams completely fooled in the lane:

July 18 vs. Phoenix Suns
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Diante Garrett 24:21 5-9 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 4 4 0 2 0 11

Garrett started this game when Chicago elected to not play Ames native and second-year prospect Doug McDermott. DG ended up shooting his best percentage in Vegas in this game while also filling up the stat sheet with five rebounds and four assists to only two turnovers. The five rebounds were the most of any former Cyclone not named Melvin Ejim this summer, and this game was probably Garrett's most complete game in a Bulls uniform.

Here's one of Garrett's four assists, which led to a Vander Blue dunk:

Final Stats
MIN/G FG% 3P% FT% OFF/G DEF/G RPG APG PF/G SPG TO/G BPG PPG
Diante Garrett 22:42 40.0% 25.0% 81.3% 0.3 1.5 1.8 4.5 2.0 0.5 2.5 0.3 9.3

When I take a look at this line, it looks like vintage Diante Garrett. Streaky shooter that can fill it up quickly, but also go through stretches where he struggles to get it near the hoop. DG's assist numbers were about what you'd want out of a point guard, but he got a little careless with the ball at times, especially in the game against the Nets.

Like I mentioned in the Orlando Summer League recap, Garrett has the skillset to become a serviceable backup point in the NBA. To really convince a team to give him a shot with a contract, he's going to have to become a more consistent shooter and cut back on the turnovers.

Tyrus McGee

July 11 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Tyrus McGee 15:39 1-6 1-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 1 0 0 3

Like Diante Garrett, McGee started off his Vegas experience on the wrong foot. Hoisting up five three pointers, the Stringtown, Oklahoma native only found the bottom of the net on one. Even though he had an off-night shooting the ball, he found another way to contribute by grabbing four defensive rebounds from the off-guard position.

July 12 vs. Toronto Raptors
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Tyrus McGee 8:31 1-3 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 4

Another quiet night scoring-wise, but McGee only got eight and a half minutes to get something going in this one.

July 14 vs. Brooklyn Nets
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Tyrus McGee 24:08 6-9 4-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 16

Then came the McThree that we all know and love. This was the first of two consecutive 4-5 performances from 3-point range out of the former Cyclone sharpshooter. McGee also made two other buckets from the field to bring his point total up to 16.

July 15 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Tyrus McGee 21:19 5-7 4-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 0 14

Staying red-hot, Tyrus hit 5-7 from the floor and added two rebounds and three assists to help the Bulls rout the Cavs, 91-73.

July 16 vs. Toronto Raptors
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Tyrus McGee 24:11 2-6 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 1 6

McGee ended up getting the most PT of any game in this one, but cooled off slightly (it's hard to continue to shoot 80% from long range). Chicago got down big early in this game, then came storming back to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Toronto pulled the game back to one point with two minutes left, but McGee hit a clutch three off an assist from Garrett with 1:09 to push the lead back to four points.

July 18 vs. Phoenix Suns
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Tyrus McGee 19:05 4-10 3-9 1-1 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 12

You can tell Tyrus was starting to feel more comfortable shooting the rock in this game, and the Bulls needed him to after trailing most of the game. He had another late three that helped get Chicago closer to taking the lead, but unfortunately also turned the ball over on a travel down the stretch that helped Phoenix knock the Bulls out of the Las Vegas tournament.

Final Stats
MIN/G FG% 3P% FT% OFF/G DEF/G RPG APG PF/G SPG TO/G BPG PPG
Tyrus McGee 18:48 46.3% 46.9% 66.7% 0.3 1.8 2.2 0.7 1.5 0.3 1.0 0.2 9.2

Tyrus McGee is excellent at one thing: getting buckets. He's one of the best shooters in the world, and that alone should be enough to draw some interest from NBA scouts. What's holding him back is his size and being average at best in every skill outside of shooting.

Now is as good a time as any for McGee to try to break into the league, as the NBA of today is relying on 3-pointers more than in years' past. The Bulls certainly weren't the only team to notice his shooting ability during the summer league, but my guess is he'll remain an overseas player for now.

DeAndre Kane

July 10 vs. Denver Nuggets
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
DeAndre Kane 13:44 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 1 2 0 2

Another first game, another quiet start for a former Cyclone. Only two points from Kane, but they came on a strong move to the rack:

July 12 vs. Golden State Warriors
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
DeAndre Kane 14:09 4-6 0-0 0-2 0 3 3 2 1 0 3 1 8

Kane's best game of the week came against the Warriors in only 14 minutes on the court, and also included this awesome series on both ends of the court that brought back memories from the days of DEANDRE MOTHER****ING KANE:

July 13 vs. D-League Select
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
DeAndre Kane 13:55 2-5 0-1 3-4 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 7

Another mediocre game in terms of what we've seen out of the big point guard before. Nothing really stood out in this one, which isn't good if you're trying to make an NBA roster.

July 15 vs. Miami Heat
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
DeAndre Kane 22:59 2-5 0-1 3-4 0 3 3 3 4 1 3 0 7

Kane got the start in this game and played the most minutes of the four games he appeared in, but still only tallied seven points. He did add three assists and three rebounds to contribute to what seems like a half of a game for ISU Kane.

July 16 vs. Denver Nuggets
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
DeAndre Kane DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Did not play.

July 18 vs. Dallas Mavericks
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
DeAndre Kane DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Did not play.

July 19 vs. San Antonio Spurs
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
DeAndre Kane DNP 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Did not play.

Final Stats
MIN/G FG% 3P% FT% OFF/G DEF/G RPG APG PF/G SPG TO/G BPG PPG
DeAndre Kane 16:12 50.0% 0.0% 60.0% 0.3 2.3 2.5 2.0 2.3 0.5 2.3 0.5 6.0

I scoured the web on Atlanta Hawks forums to try to find out why Kane didn't get any PT in the last three games, but I couldn't find anything concrete. My guess is it was due to poor performance and the Hawks wanting to give other guys a shot, but it could have been some kind of undisclosed injury as well.

What I can judge is how he played when he made it on the court, and his performance was very underwhelming. Kane, like Royce White, is most effective when he has the ball in his hands and can make a play for a teammate or bully his way to the rim. I didn't get to watch any of Atlanta's games, but my guess is they played him mostly at the shooting guard position. DeAndre, much like Diante Garrett, is going to have to develop a better jump shot to play NBA ball.

Bryce Dejean-Jones

July 10 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Bryce Dejean-Jones 14:24 2-4 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 1 0 1 4

First game, quiet performance. Water is wet. Got a couple counting stats in many categories (assists, rebounds, blocks, steals).

July 11 vs. Dallas Mavericks
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Bryce Dejean-Jones 26:15 4-6 1-2 1-2 1 2 3 2 4 3 1 0 10

In almost twice as many minutes as his first game, Dejean-Jones shot well from the floor and once again filled up his stat line. The Pelicans ran their record to 2-0 in Las Vegas.

July 13 vs. Brooklyn Nets
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Bryce Dejean-Jones 25:28 8-12 4-7 6-7 0 3 3 1 0 2 1 0 26

After coming off the bench for the first two games, Dejean-Jones was inserted into the starting lineup and responded with 26 points (8-12 from the floor and 4-7 from 3-point range), 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. The one assist was a slick between-the-legs pass to a teammate for a three in transition that you don't want to miss in the video below.

July 16 vs. Washington Wizards
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Bryce Dejean-Jones 21:13 3-7 0-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 7

In the next game, BDJ's scoring dropped off as NBA MVP Stephen Curry's brother, Seth Curry, powered the Pelicans to their fourth straight victory with 26 points of his own.

Dejean-Jones had a nice dunk followed by a tipped pass for a steal in one series for New Orleans:

July 18 vs. Golden State Warriors
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Bryce Dejean-Jones 14:14 1-1 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 5

BDJ disappeared in this game, much like he was prone to do toward the end of his career at ISU. His teammates picked up the slack though, and the Pelicans advanced to the Las Vegas semifinals with a perfect record.

July 19 vs. Phoenix Suns
MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BLK PTS
Bryce Dejean-Jones 28:09 8-12 4-5 5-7 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 1 25

New Orleans' tournament came to a close when 1st round pick Devin Booker scored 31 points for the Phoenix Suns as they beat the Pelicans to advance to the finals, but Dejean-Jones once again flashed his pro potential with another big scoring night. What made BDJ's 25 points even more impressive was his efficiency, making 66.7% of his shots from the floor and 80% of his 3-pointers.

Final Stats
MIN/G FG% 3P% FT% OFF/G DEF/G RPG APG PF/G SPG TO/G BPG PPG
Bryce Dejean-Jones 21:42 61.9% 50.0% 76.2% 0.3 1.5 1.8 1.2 2.2 1.5 0.8 0.5 12.8

Honestly, who would have guessed that Bryce Dejean-Jones would have the best games of any former Cyclone during the summer league? Definitely not me.

BDJ showed he can score, both efficiently and within the offense, during his time in Vegas with the Pelicans. At 6-foot-6, Dejean-Jones has great size for an NBA 2-guard, good athleticism, and can obviously shoot the rock. The main questions concerning BDJ are the same that came up during his time in college... Is he a team player? Is he a cancer in the locker room? Dejean-Jones' on-court demeanor hasn't changed at all since his lone year at ISU. He definitely has the talent to make an NBA roster, IF teams are willing to look past his behavior issues.

Wrapping It Up

There you have it, six former Cyclones gave it a shot in this year's NBA summer league. It's still yet to be determined where they'll all end up for the upcoming basketball season, but it's been fun to see how they've progressed since playing in Hilton Coliseum.

Here's each players' final summer league stats:

Player MIN/G FG% 3P% FT% OFF/G DEF/G RPG APG PF/G SPG TO/G BPG PPG
Diante Garrett 23:42 44.3% 28.6% 68.0% 0.4 2.1 2.5 4.0 2.0 1.1 2.2 0.4 9.9
Royce White 7:44 16.7% N/A 0.0% 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.7 1.0 0.0 1.3 0.3 0.7
Melvin Ejim 30:03 45.2% 40.0% 93.3% 1.4 5.4 6.8 1.4 3.6 1.0 2.6 0.0 9.2
Tyrus McGee 18:48 46.3% 46.9% 66.7% 0.3 1.8 2.2 0.7 1.5 0.3 1.0 0.2 9.2
DeAndre Kane 16:12 50.0% 0.0% 60.0% 0.3 2.3 2.5 2.0 2.3 0.5 2.3 0.5 6.0
Bryce Dejean-Jones 21:42 61.9% 50.0% 76.2% 0.3 1.5 1.8 1.2 2.2 1.5 0.8 0.5 12.8