Now that the Orlando and Utah summer leagues are complete, NBA.com named some of the best of the bunch over the past week, and two former Wildcats were among those included in the discussion in Orlando.
Here’s what Fran Blinebury had to say about them:
Bam Adebayo, F, Miami Heat — A lot of folks snickered and said that legend Pat Riley reached to make Adebayo a lottery pick. But his college coach John Calipari insisted that Adebayo would show more of what he can do and thrive at the NBA level. About the only thing he didn’t do well in Orlando was shoot the ball consistently, but that won’t be his job in Miami. He was fifth in the Orlando Summer League in scoring, tied for second in rebounding, second in blocked shots and defended multiple positions.
Dakari Johnson, C, Oklahoma City Thunder — A second round pick in 2015, he’s spent the past two seasons toiling for the Thunder’s G League affiliate, trying to make it to the big time. He had another quite solid performance in Florida, outworking most of the pack, scoring and rebounding effectively. Maybe with Domantas Sabonis gone to Indiana in the Paul George deal, the door is cracked open for another big man in OKC.
Johnson finished second in points per game at 18.0; Adebayo was fifth with 17.5 a game. Adebayo also found himself with the best rebounders with 8.3 each outing.