Orlando Summer League: Team by Team Recap

Memphis Grizzlies (5-0)

The Grizzlies won the Orlando Summer League, and were led by Jordan Adams. After limited playing time in his rookie season, the former first round pick averaged 16 points per game in the summer league. Russ Smith was also a pleasant surprise for the Grizzlies. After appearing in just 12 games in his rookie season out of Louisville, Smith averaged 15 points and 6 assists in 5 games in Orlando. The Grizzlies have to be happy with how their two young guards played in Orlando after struggling in their rookie seasons in the NBA.

Miami Heat (5-0)

The Miami Heat also went undefeated in Orlando, although they didn’t get a chance at the Championship because of tie-breakers. The Heat’s first round pick Justise Winslow played well in 4 games in Orlando, averaging 11.5 points, but struggled shooting the ball as he was just 34% from the field. As his older brother signed a massive contract with Miami, Zoran Dragic averaged 12.3 points and 4 rebounds for the Heat in Orlando. After having a couple successful seasons in the D-league, Willie Reed was a standout for the Heat averaging 13.5 points and 8 rebounds, but the Brooklyn Nets gave Reed a guaranteed contract, signing him off the Heat’s summer league roster after 4 games.

Orlando Magic White (4-1)

While Orlando’s Blue squad had most of the Magic’s marquee young players, Orlando White ended up with the better record. They were led by Keith Appling who spent his first season as a pro bouncing around the D-League. Appling averaged 16 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals in Orlando as he hopes to make an NBA roster this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder (3-2)

With first round pick Cameron Payne injured with a fractured finger in his right hand, OKC was led by 2nd year pro Semaj Christon. After making the D-League All Star Team in his rookie season, Christon continued his success averaging 16 points and 7 assists per game. The Thunder’s second round pick Dakari Johnson out of Kentucky played well averaging 8 points and 9 rebounds in 5 games in Orlando.

Orlando Magic Blue (2-3)

The Magic’s better team, despite the record, was led by Aaron Gordon. After being selected 4th in the 2014 NBA Draft, Gordon had a tough rookie season, but exploded in the summer league. Gordon averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 50% from the floor. He also showed new ability to step back behind the arc as he shot 6-12 from deep in 3 games. 2015 5th overall pick Mario Hezonja played just 2 games, but impressed, averaging 13 points per game. The Magic’s second round pick in 2015, Tyler Harvey, averaged 11 points in 5 games in Orlando.

Detroit Pistons (2-3)

2015 8th overall pick Stanley Johnson was the bright spot for Detroit. He averaged 16 points per game shooting 58% from the floor including 42% from deep. He also 7 rebounds and showed great ability on the defensive end as well. Detroit’s 2nd round pick Darrun Hilliard, from Villanova, struggled averaging 9 points on 29% shooting.

Charlotte Hornets (2-3)

The player everyone wanted to see here was Frank Kaminsky. The former Wisconsin star put on a pretty good show, averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds in 5 games. He was also able to answer some questions about if he had NBA 3-point range, shooting 39% from deep. Undrafted rookie Aaron Harrison also played well in Orland for the Hornets, averaging 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.

Los Angeles Clippers (1-4)

After acquiring him on draft night, Brendan Dawson played very well for the Clippers in Orlando. It looks like Dawson has a good chance to make a Los Angeles roster that is hurting for depth. The former Michigan State star averaged 13 points per game and 11 rebounds in Orlando. Undrafted rookie D.J. Newbill, from Penn State, averaged 10 points per game for the Clippers and shot 47% from the field.

Indiana Pacers (1-4)

The Pacers’ two 2015 draft picks performed very well in their first NBA action. First round pick Myles Turner averaged 19 points and 8 rebounds, shooting over 60% from the field in 3 games for the Pacers. 2nd round pick Joe Young, from Oregon, led the Orlando Summer League in scoring at 22.5 points per game on 51% shooting. Look for both Young and Turner to make an impact for the Pacers this season.

Brooklyn Nets (0-5)

The player to watch in Brooklyn’s summer league is 2015 first round pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Hollis-Jefferson already has the body of an NBA player and showed it averaging 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in 5 games for the Nets. Undrafted free agent Ryan Boatright, from Connecticut, led the Nets in scoring in Orlando with 14 points per game, but shot just 37% from the field.


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