Utah Summer League: Team by Team Recap

Utah Jazz (3-0)

Although an ankle injury only allowed him to play one game, Dante Exum shined with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. 2014 first round pick Rodney Hood also averaged 20 points per game in 2 games in Utah while shooting 55% from the floor. This is a good sign for Hood who struggled finding consistent playing time in his first season with the Jazz. After joining Utah for the final 15 games of the season last year, Bryce Cotton played well in the Utah Summer League, averaging 13 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.

Philadelphia 76ers (1-2)

The #3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Jahlil Okafor, impressed in the Utah Summer League averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds in 3 games. Look for Okafor to be able to make an immediate impact in his rookie season. While he averaged 16 points per game in Utah, the Sixers were probably a little disappointed with the play of 2014 2nd round pick Jordan McRae as he shot just 31% from the floor. Jerami Grant looked solid for the Sixers averaging 12 points in just 21 minutes per game. Grant will look to build off a rookie season where he played in 65 games for the Sixers. Former Arizona star T.J. McConnell is trying to make an NBA roster and looked good averaging 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in Utah. Former 2nd round pick Furkan Aldemir also looked good for the Sixers, averaging 5 points and leading the Utah Summer League with 13.3 rebounds per game. Aldemir will look to make an impact in Philadelphia’s front court this season after playing in 41 games for the Sixers last season.

Boston Celtics (1-2)

2014 6th overall pick Marcus Smart was very impressive in the 2 games he played in Utah, averaging 24 points and 8 assists. The Celtics should be excited about the growth of Smart as he looks to play an increased role in his second NBA season. Celtics’ 2015 first round picks Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter also played in Utah. Rozier looked good averaging 12 points per game, but Hunter struggled in his first NBA action, shooting just 4-15 in 57 minutes in Utah.

San Antonio Spurs (1-2)

The biggest name playing for San Antonio was their first round pick last season Kyle Anderson. While he didn’t shoot great, Anderson was solid for the Spurs averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds in 3 games in Utah. The Spurs also had to be encouraged with newly acquired second round pick Cady Lalanne from Haiti. Lalanne averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks for the Spurs in Utah.


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