Former Gonzaga guard Matt Bouldin has represented Gonzaga well in the NBA D-League as a member of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Now in the offseason, he continues to do so as a member of the D-League Select summer league team.
In three games, Bouldin has averaged 7.7 points per game on 35% shooting. He started NBA summer league shooting 4-of-14 from the field in his first two games.
Something had to change if Bouldin wanted to improve his offensive performance. For Bouldin, it was being more aggressive. Bouldin bounced back with 3-of-6 shooting against Atlanta. His aggressiveness showed with three steals and four turnovers. Bouldin averaged just one steal and 1.5 turnovers in his two previous games.
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True Gonzaga fans know how much Bouldin contributed to the program. His current success is only a validation of where people thought he could go professionally. Named the 2014 D-League Finals MVP, Bouldin is making a case to land on an NBA roster someday.
Now 27 years old, his window of landing on an NBA team is closing. Bouldin is at least a couple breakout seasons away from getting there. After all, David’s Stockton’s breakout season in the NBA D-League helped him land a spot with the Sacramento Kings. He definitely should have the chance to get there at some point. His play in summer league could very much help spur some interest.