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NBA Summer League Recap



The first set of games for the NBA Summer League session began today in Orlando. As mentioned in earlier posts, several Cats have made their presence heard at the AmWay Center today.

Kentucky Players

Terrence Jones gave the performance of today for the Houston Rockets. The king of glamour shots ended with 24 points and 12 rebounds on 9 of 13 shooting. Jones is battling with Greg Smith for power forward minutes for the upcoming season. Terrence played exceedingly well in the final games of the regular season and appears to continue his high level of play into next season.

– Doron Lamb showed the Orlando Magic why Kentucky fans always expected three goggles when Lamb shot from beyond the arc. Lamb tallied 13 points off of 3 treys and 2 assists. The Magic are in full rebuild mode which should offer Lamb plenty of playing time if he maintains a hot shooting hand.

Daniel Orton, yes Daniel Orton, came up huge for the Thunder today with 15 points 4 rebounds 2 blocks and 2 steals to beat the Pacers. Orton appears to be in the best shape of his life in hopes to keep a spot on the NBA roster for the entire season. In the same game, Deandre Liggins scored 2 points and 3 rebounds. While the stat line isn’t great, Ed Isaacson of NBA Draft Blog explains the quality of Liggins’ performance when I asked what he saw of him.

Other Top Performers

– Kyle Wiltjer impostor Kelly Olynyk looked great for the Boston Celtics today scoring 25 points along with 7 rebounds. Olynyk struggled defensively, but his offense carried the load for Brad Stevens’ squad.

– Grant Jerrett, the power forward out of Arizona, dropped 4 of 5 three pointers en route to 17 points to pace the Thunder although he did record 6 fouls.

– Dwight Buycks, who I would have 0 chance of picking out of a lineup, had a very impressive game for the Pacers, recording a staggering 13 assists along with 12 points in just 25 minutes of play. Good job random D League player.

The final game of the night, Pistons-Nets, includes no UK players, but it is the debut of Peyton Siva.

Article written by Jay Hochstetler

I live the sad but addicting life of tracking where 15-18 year old gentleman are considering for their collegiate basketball careers. Follow me @JayHochKSR

11 Comments for NBA Summer League Recap

  1. Wildcat fan
    7:03 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    “Jones is battling with Greg Smith for power forward minutes with Greg Smith.” Please check for typos before you submit your posts.

  2. cracka
    7:06 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    how about some bbm news, johnson says booker wants to come with him and mudiay … says it’s going to be “packed”

  3. Catlogic15
    7:16 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    T. Jones has been integrated brilliantly into the NBA system, by individual or by system. Regardless, T. Jones appears to have a happy, long life in the NBA. Good for you, Terrence!

  4. Ridge Runner
    7:28 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Not to be a downer, because they did execute when some did not. But defense isn’t a premium (I’m being nice) in summer lg.

  5. UK Freshmen
    7:33 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Not a big stat guy = Out of the league guy.

  6. Ok, What????
    8:28 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Gosh, we have missed your brilliance (oldest freshman on the planet). So what you are saying is all successful NBA players have big stats? What?

  7. cracka
    8:30 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    ridge, you for real? those dudes are fighting for jobs, all kindsa defense being played in what I’ve seen.

  8. Not Bob
    9:19 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Another fantastic performance from our very own Jay Hochstetler. This man is on a mission to steal the literary hearts of Big Blue Nation and I for one am enthralled by his work. Carry on my boy.

  9. hokdo
    10:01 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Is Julius Mays on the Utah Jazz summer league team? I saw J. Mays but it won’t let me click on the name on to see who it is.

  10. JackB
    9:02 am July 8, 2013 Permalink

    Liggins played well I thought. He had at least one assist to Orton and played good D – had a couple of steals plus some loose balls that might have counted as more steals.

  11. Not Eric
    10:19 am July 8, 2013 Permalink

    I heard that this Jay Hochstetler kid puts your money under your pillow late at night