Two days of the Orlando Summer League are already in the bag, and it’s already time for us to pass some verdicts on some of the storylines we’ve seen so far. Who’s getting a call up to the big league? Who’s an early bust, and who’s an early steal?
2013 pick Isaiah Canaan was a DNP on Sunday. The Rockets are in action again today against Utah.
Michael Carter-Williams is coming along as the guard of Philadelphia’s future, racking up 19ppg over the course of Philly’s two games so far, along with a solid 7APG. Doubly solid when you see who he’s playing around. Former Temple shooting guard Khalif Wyatt also impressed with 22ppg off 11-18 shooting against Indiana. Wyatt could provide an additional scoring option at the 2 guard position.
Philadelphia plays OKC tomorrow.
With Anthony Bennett going first overall, Canadian Kelly Olynyk may have been overlooked on draft night. He’s not, as he’s been one of the biggest attractions in Orlando so far. The big man is good for 19ppg through two games, along with 6.5rpg, with some stunning offensive efficiency. The departure of Kevin Garnett could be eased by the presence of the Gonzaga alum.
Also of note is the first season without Doc Rivers. It’s still too early to see on Brad Stevens, but he’s looking strong so far, blowing out Detroit before falling to Orlando in a close one on Tuesday.
Boston face Indiana today.
Maurice Harkless is gunning for a starting spot, it looks like. He’s good for 14.5ppg through two, though his splits so far are strictly average. We’d need to see some usage numbers before we could really pass judgement on the 2012 pick. Victor Oladipo is putting down good numbers, but struggling with his shoot, never doing more than 40% from the field so far. He’s doing well in other areas however, doing well with his passing with 6apg. Big man Kyle O’Quinn and Doron Lamb are also quietly doing some good work, with O’Quinn averaging almost 10-and-10 over two games, and Lamb good for 14.5ppg. The guys here look good, and would be good for a few minutes off the bench on most NBA teams, but there’s still time to see.
Orlando are in action against Miami this evening.
Miami realistically aren’t looking to add any players who are pulling down heavy minutes any time soon. That said, James Ennis and Ian Clark have been shouldering the load, forming a baby big-two in Orlando so far. Ennis is 16ppg and 4rpg through two, and is signed to also play for Golden State in the Vegas league next week. If Miami can’t find room for him, someone will. Myck Kabongo has not delivered so far. The Canadian has hit one field goal in two games.
Miami are in action against Orlando this evening.
Still too early to call on Trey Burke. Shot 8% from the field on Sunday, but put in work with 5 assists and 7 rebounds off two turnovers. We’ll see how he does against Houston today.
Utah play Houston later today.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Grant Jerrett has provided most of OKC’s offense so far. Jerrett was projected as being mostly a shooter, without too much of a post presence, and so far the projections are right – however Jerrett a fantastic jump shooter, and just as scouted, can shoot from the perimeter. He’s 50% from 3 point land. Meanwhile, Jeremy Lamb is looking slightly better than last year, though still struggling with his shot. Also worth your attention? Undrafted point guard Dwight Buycks who turned in 13 assists on Sunday, 1 short of the Summer League record.
OKC face Detroit this afternoon.
Miles Plumlee is a defensive beast. Six blocks in one night is monstrous. If he can add reliable offense – which he’s shown he has the potential for – he and Roy Hibbert make a terrifying frontcourt. Solomon Hill turned in a fantastic game as well, showing off what we already knew – strong post work, and tough rebounding ability.
Indiana play Boston today.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a work in progress. His scoring ability hasn’t shown up yet, while he’s been outshadowed by Andre Drummond’s devastating defensive work. Drummond’s been spending most of the last year playing against NBA players though, so his showing gives us a reminder of how far new players like KC-P have to go. Caldwell-Pope will see play from the bench through the season, but we’ll have to see just how he develops.
Detroit play OKC today.
Possibly the most interesting team this Summer season. KG and Paul Pierce are set to arrive soon, which raises questions about if Mason Plumlee might see more time in the D League than in Brooklyn. He’s been up for the challenge however, turning in incredible numbers in two nights – averaging a double double. Add that to his efficiency from the field, and he’s making a strong case for starting in BK. Tyshawn Taylor has also shown some strong work, good for 21ppg.
Jason Kidd’s work as head coach is also the other story we’re looking at. He’s not really done a fantastic job so far, with most players acting like they’re still playing AAU ball at times. We’ll have to see just what changes between now and October.
Brooklyn play Utah this afternoon.