Orlando Summer League 2013: Day 1 Scores, Stats and Highlights
The 2013 NBA Orlando Summer League is officially underway, as 10 franchises went toe-to-toe in five invigorating matches. With the top prospects in the league coming together and countless others looking to earn a contract, the tensions were inevitably high.
The question is, how did the action transpire and who was able to step up for the monumental win?
The Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons were all in action. With each team possessing prospects that could make their roster, every game was being watched closely.
Here's how it went down.
Houston Rockets 88, Philadelphia 76ers 80
Box score provided by NBA.com.
In our first Orlando Summer League game, rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams led the Philadelphia 76ers against Terrence Jones and the Houston Rockets. Both players stepped up, proving that they remain amongst the elite prospects in the NBA.
In the end, it was Jones and the Rockets that got the early leg up.
Jones was sensational, putting up 24 points and 12 rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. He took the ball inside, spaced the floor with the three-ball and helped move the ball along the perimeter to open up the offense.
Patrick Beverley added 10 points, six assists, two blocks and two steals.
Even in the loss, Michael Carter-Williams made a statement with 26 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and a steal. Rodney Williams, a former Minnesota Golden Gophers star, tallied 12 points and three blocks, to prove the upside this squad possesses.
In terms of what they can do right now, however, Jones and the Rockets are continuing an incredible offseason.
Orlando Magic 95, Boston Celtics 88
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Two of the top rookies in the 2013 NBA draft put on a show in this one, as Victor Oladipo led the Orlando Magic to a 95-88 win over Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics. Both players flashed offensive upside, while Oladipo had the look of a superstar.
The stars are out and the Summer League is getting good.
Oladipo tallied 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals, converting two three-pointers to lead a well-rounded charge. Fellow rookie Romero Osby picked up 18 points, while Maurice Harkless had 15 points and eight rebounds and Kyle O'Quinn picked up a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Rodney McGruger added 11 points in 11 minutes of action.
In a losing effort, Olynyk dropped 25 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. He took it inside, spaced the floor and even displayed strong ball handling abilities.
Tony Mitchel and Phil Pressey each scored in double figures.
Utah Jazz 69, Miami Heat 55
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The stars struggled and the unknown made a name for themselves in this one, as the Utah Jazz overcame poor efforts by Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert to win 69-55 over the Miami Heat. In the process, countless players proved capable of shining with scouts watching closely.
It just so happens that Utah was the stronger of two competitors.
Dionte Christmas scored a team-high 14 points, five rebounds and three assists on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Chris Roberts picked up 11 points and Alec Burke scored 11, thus overcoming a poor effort by Trey Burke.
The star point guard finished with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists on 1-of-12 shooting.
For Miami, sharpshooter Ian Clark put up 15 points 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from three-point range. James Ennis, Miami's second round acquisition, scored 11, while Jarvis Varnado went for 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks.
In the end, Utah proved to have quality depth and earned a big win with Burke struggling.
Oklahoma City Thunder 76, Indiana Pacers 68
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In a clash between two of the NBA's elite, two members of the 2013 Arizona Wildcats put their abilities on display. In the end, only one of the two were left standing as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Indiana Pacers.
In the end, it was the Thunder who won 76-68.
Grant Jerrett finished with 17 points and three blocks, proving his upside as a stretch 4 by converting four three-pointers. Daniel Orton added 15 for OKC, while Dwight Buycks tallied 12 points and 13 assists.
Jeremy Lamb finished with 14 points and six rebounds.
For the Pacers, former Arizona star Solomon Hill picked up nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field. Miles Plumlee tacked on nine points, nine rebounds and six blocks, while Orlando Johnson picked up a team-high 17 points.
Not only are they elite in the NBA, but both squads have intriguing young players to build around.
Detroit Pistons 76, Brooklyn Nets 67
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In the final Summer League game of the day, the Detroit Pistons defeated the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 76-67 in a defensive battle. With rookies shining, free agents proving their worth and second-year players stepping up, we saw it all.
In the end, Detroit's first and second-year players were simply too powerful.
Andre Drummond led the charge with 12 points, 16 rebounds, six rebounds and five blocks, with Khris Middleton adding 16 points. Peyton Siva added six points, six assists and four steals, thus leading Detroit to a major win.
Just don't think Brooklyn struggled to create fireworks.
Tyshawn Taylor led all scorers with 17 points, while rookie Mason Plumlee added 10 points, 14 rebounds, a block and one steal. Damion James, a Nets mainstay who has seen his career paused by injuries, picked up 14 points and eight rebounds.
The true story here, however, wasn't the players. Instead, it was former player and new Nets head coach Jason Kidd who received a technical foul in his first career coaching appearance.
Just another day at the Summer League.
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