NBA Preseason 2018: Top 5 performers for Friday (Oct. 5) games

Five players who had a big impact for their teams in last night's exhibition games.


Klay Thompson - Golden State Warriors

The Warriors took on the Sacramento Kings in one of the main highlights of Friday night. Only two players from their five All-Stars participated, but those two certainly put on great performances. Klay Thompson shot 10-of-15 in the game including a 6-of-10 from long range. He'd finish with a game-high 30 points to go with four rebounds, three assists, and a steal in the 122-94 win.


Aaron Gordon - Orlando Magic

With 29 points and eight boards, Orlando's Aaron Gordon had a standout performance. He also had two assists, a steal, and a block in a game where he shot 10-of-12 from the floor. Gordon's performance helped his Magic team defeat the visiting Flamengo team in Orlando 119-82.


JJ Redick - Philadelphia 76ers

Redick didn't score the most points of any player on the top five, but he was absolutely perfect in the game. Just after receiving some boos from the fans in China, Redick proceeded to help the Sixers defeat the Mavs. The former Duke Blue Devil was a perfect 10-of-10 in the game, including seven three-pointers. He also connected on lone free throw attempt. In the end, Redick tallied 28 points in 21 minutes. Not bad at all!


Kevin Durant - Golden State Warriors

KD wowed the crowd when he tore off his warmup gear by revealing a throwback Shawn Kemp Supersonics jersey. He didn't wear it for the game, but proceeded to wow the fans at Seattle's Key Arena with his offensive performance. Durant shot 10-of-19, dished out seven assists, and grabbed seven boards to help out Klay just a bit.


DeAndre Ayton - Phoenix Suns

Of the five players here, the rookie Ayton was the only player on the losing side of things. Ayton's Suns fell 115-93 to the Portland Trail Blazers. However, the No. 1 draft pick had a solid double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds as well as three blocked shots. If this is any indication, it's clear he's going to be a force to be reckoned with in the league.

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