Utah Jazz 78, Orlando Magic 73
Gordon Hayward – UTA: Continued to play passive yet efficient. Seems hesitant to make things happen, but did have a more substantial day two. Hit a clutch 3 down the stretch to help seal the win. My money is on him coming out of his shell today.
Jeremy Evans – UTA: Much improved from his first performance. More active on both ends of the court recording 6 points, 5 boards, 2 blocks and a steal. He’ll need to keep improving, but this was much better.
Daniel Orton – ORL: Easily the favorite for “Biggest Disappointment” of the Summer League as his struggles continued into day two. Orton went 0-6 from the floor and had only 2 rebounds in 17 minutes. At least this time he wasn’t ejected.
Stanley Robinson – ORL: The former college standout has been nothing spectacular, playing very passively and not shooting that well when he does get the ball. Put up 4 points, 3 rebounds in 15 minutes.
Jerome Randle – ORL: Has really good handles and doesn’t have a turnover issue, but is really inconsistent with his jumpshot, especially from 3 where he is 0-5 in both games.
Charlotte Bobcats 86, Oklahoma City Thunder 85
Sherron Collins – CHA: Coming off the bench in this game, Collins was limited to only 10 minutes of playing time. 2 points, 2 assists. We’ll see if the Jayhawk gets any more action today.
Marquis Gilstrap – CHA: Limited to only 1:28 of playing time
Latavious Williams – OKC: Straight from high school to the D-League, Williams is still attempting to mature to an NBA level. Only 2 points, 1 rebound and 6 fouls in 13 minutes.
Philadelphia 76ers 86, Boston Celtics 69
Evan Turner – PHI: Showed flashes of what made him so attractive as the number 2 pick in this year’s draft. Very poised and confident with the ball. Had a couple of highlight plays dribbling through players and finishing at the rim. Fouling has been an issue in these first couple games, but should be easier to correct as a wing player than for Favors in the post.
Luke Harangody – BOS: Didn’t shoot the ball as well today, but still managed to scrap together a strong performance with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Harangody is showing the type of high energy, tough work ethic that proves to be quite valuable as a second unit guy in the league.
Artsiom Parakhouski – BOS: Nothing incredibly stellar from a big man who put up some good numbers in college. Seems to lack that aggressive instinct necessary to bang down low with some professional level talent. Only 2-6 shooting and 2 boards in 24 minutes isn’t gonna get it done.
Ryan Thompson – BOS: Doesn’t show much in the box score today, but Thompson stays very active on the court, getting involved in several plays. Got to the line a few times and played within the offense.
DeShawn Sims – BOS: Continued to struggle with limited minutes on the court going 0-2 with no rebounds in 8 and a half minutes.
New Jersey Nets 80, Indiana Pacers 69
Derrick Favors – NJ: Looked solid offensively going 5-8, but still looks raw with his post moves although that is expected at his age. Fouling has been an issue in both games, this time racking up 6 in 28 minutes. He’s only valuable if he can stay on the court.
Damion James – NJ: Still not shy about putting the ball up, taking 20 shot attempts. Other than Terrance Williams, no one else had over 8. Obviously takes some questionable shots and could be a little more patient. Great rebounding day with 11, but struggled from the line going 4-13
Brian Zoubek – NJ: You know what he’s gonna give you: a solid rebounding presence that will help keep some offensive possessions alive. Zoubek had 8 rebounds in 20 minutes, 4 of them offensive.
Paul George – IND: His shooting was still off, but George had some nice athletic finishes at the rim (If you saw the ESPN Top 10). Everyone knows he can stroke it, but he missed all 7 of his 3 point attempts. Had a solid all around game with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 steals! Hopefully the shooting picks up to match the rest of his game.
Lance Stephenson – IND: Took a couple knocks early on and had to deal with some pain for the rest of the game. Still put together another great game shooting 7-10 from the field and looking smooth with the ball in his hand.
Magnum Rolle – IND: Solid big man for the pacers these last two games, shooting a solid percentage and proving to be a capable shot blocker in the middle.