Day 2 of the Orlando Summer League didn’t feature as many eye-popping rookie performances as some of the Day 1 contests, but there’s still plenty to examine following four solid matchups boasting a bevy of 2013 first-round selections.
While Kelly Olynyk and Victor Oladipo didn’t follow their Day 1 performances with astounding results, a few surprising rookies picked up the slack on Monday, one of whom tallied 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting. We’ll take a closer look at that game in the following article.
With eight teams in action, Monday also provided us with a lot about which to speculate as the NBA season draws ever closer. Which rookies will outplay their draft positioning, and which will simply be outplayed?
Let’s take a look at all the action from Day 2 of Summer League play and highlight a few fantastic performances.
Oklahoma City Thunder 79, Orlando Magic 78
The Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t get any standout performances from their rookies on Monday, but they did stave off a talented young Orlando Magic team to take a 79-78 victory with a 31-point outpouring in the fourth quarter.
Shooting guard Jeremy Lamb was the biggest reason for the win.
The 21-year-old Connecticut product has been trying to live up to the hype after being a key component to the James Harden trade last year, and he certainly gave fans something to look forward to after hitting a game-winner from behind the arc with just over six seconds to play in the contest.
Lamb was pretty underwhelming otherwise, however. He shot just 4-of-16 from the field in the contest, including a putrid 1-of-9 from long range. He picked a good time to make that one three-pointer.
Orlando got a couple stellar performances from its young roster in the contest. Second-year forward Andrew Nicholson led the charge with 19 points, and Kyle O’Quinn pulled down nine boards, each making a case for extended playing time this season.
Indiana Pacers 96, Philadelphia 76ers 75
Former Arizona Wildcats forward Solomon Hill isn’t taking Summer League lightly.
The 6’7” swingman was terrific on Monday, leading the Indiana Pacers past the Philadelphia 76ers 96-75 in blowout fashion. Hill paced Indiana with 22 points and nine rebounds, tacking on four assists and turning it over just twice.
Miles Plumlee pitched in with another big performance following his Day 1 success, tallying 16 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
But Philadelphia got perhaps the biggest performance of the day from one of its rookies—and probably not the one you would expect.
Michael Carter-Williams struggled again from the field with a 4-of-20 performance, but guard Khalif Wyatt made up for it with a 25-point explosion that included an 11-of-18 mark from the field.
Wyatt added three steals and three rebounds to his stat line, but he turned the ball over five times and dished out just one assist in the process.
Boston Celtics 93, Detroit Pistons 63
For all the talk of the Boston Celtics’ overhaul this offseason, there’s certainly some promise on the new roster.
Kelly Olynyk built on his efficient Summer League campaign with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, but Darius Johnson-Odom stole the spotlight on Monday. The former Los Angeles Lakers guard tallied 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting in just under 25 minutes on the court.
After going 1-of-10 from the floor on Sunday, Detroit Pistons rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continued his stretch of inefficient play with a 3-of-10 performance in the loss. It’s still very early in the summer and Caldwell-Pope can certainly turn things around, but he needs to show a little more control and efficiency if Detroit is to feel good about his chances of tying down the backcourt this season.
Unfortunately for the Pistons, Caldwell-Pope’s 11-point effort was the best they would get on Monday. Nine other players chipped in with single-digit scoring efforts, but in all, it was a rather bland day for Detroit.
Miami Heat 93, Brooklyn Nets 86
The Brooklyn Nets got tremendous efforts from Mason Plumlee and Tyshawn Taylor, but they weren’t enough to propel them past the Miami Heat in a 93-86 loss.
Like his brother Miles, Mason was terrific at both ends of the floor on Day 2, tallying 23 points and nine rebounds in just under 33 minutes of play. Taylor was even more impressive at the offensive end, chipping in with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor.
The best part of Taylor’s day, however, was his ability to get to the charity stripe. The Kansas product made it a point to get to the line early and often, finishing 10-of-11 from the foul line.
Miami got a few quality performances of its own, though.
Former Tennessee guard Scotty Hopson paced the Heat with 22 points in the contest, followed closely by Ian Clark and James Ennis with 19 and 17 points, respectively.
Miami wasn’t exactly efficient in the game (17 turnovers), but Brooklyn crippled itself by committing 23 turnovers, 10 of which can be attributed to Taylor and Tornike Shengelia, each with five.