Today's action in Orlando's version of the NBA Summer League begins with James Augustine and the Utah Jazz versus Daniel Orton's
temper tantrums Orlando Magic. We know which one should look better, but that doesn't mean as much as I'd like.
As I've mentioned over and over again, the majority of these games will be available on NBA TV. For those that don't have access to NBA TV (like me), however, there is the availability to watch all of the Summer League games online for $14.95 - as well as the chance to watch games on demand.
I've hidden "what to watch for" after the jump!1 p.m. - Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic
Utah Free Agent To Watch: James Augustine.
I wrote about Augustine yesterday, saying that "the 6-foot-10 big man put it together today, though, as he scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting while playing just over 21 minutes of action. He also had the highest +/- on the Jazz with +12 while rendering second round pick Jeremy Evans and RU favorite Rod Benson useless on the bench. If the unstoppably awkward lefty-hook is indeed part of his expanded arsenal and he's able to perform this well every game, I'd be surprised if he's not on an NBA roster next season."
Let's see if he can do it two days in a row.
Interesting note: Yesterday I picked Rod Benson as the Jazz free agent to watch, but somebody that plays his position (Augustine) stole the spotlight. Seeing how I've picked Augustine and jinxed Benson, I'm assuming Jermareo Davidson is today's standout player.
Orlando Magic Free Agent To Watch: Jerome Randle.
The diminutive point guard had eight points, six boards and five assists yesterday while matched up against a much taller Lance Stephenson for most of his playing time. Let's see what he does with point guards more his size when he meets Utah's Sundiata Gaines and Tyrese Rice.
3 p.m. - Charlotte Bobcats vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Bobcats Free Agent To Watch: Alade Aminu.
Aminu played less than 10 minutes yesterday, but finished with three points, four boards and the Bobcats highest +/- (+6) in the game. With the bevy of big men the Thunder trot out, most of which Aminu should be familiar with from their D-League days, the battle down low could be a fun one to watch.
Thunder Free Agent To Watch: Whichever one plays.
The Thunder used all of their core players yesterday, leaving just 6:47 of playing time for Mustafa Shakur (and :06 for newly-drafted Latavious Williams). If Serge Ibaka's injury is bad at all, they'll more than likely keep him out of the rotation opening up more playing time for the guys trying to make a team.
5 p.m. - Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics
76ers Free Agent To Watch: Cedric Simmons.
Philly is another team that brought a decent amount of guys under contract to play for them in Orlando, but Simmons stood out in limited minutes during Monday's action. If he's able to play solid defense and score when given the opportunity, things will only get easier when it comes time to making an NBA roster this Fall.
Celtics Free Agent To Watch: Ryan Thompson.
JayCee Carroll was initially my first option, but I'll be more intrigued by what Thompson can do rather than seeing if Carroll can consistently do what I know he can do. Thompson got to the charity stripe nine times in Monday's action and displayed a good offensive game, but James Harden lit him up on defense. Evan Turner and company won't make it any easier, but it'll be another good test anyway.
7 p.m. - Indiana Pacers vs. New Jersey Nets
Pacers Free Agent To Watch: Thomas Huertel.
Huertel is a 21-year-old point guard out of France that looked pretty good in just under 17 minutes of action against the Magic yesterday. With the Pacers need for a point guard (and seemingly not interested in using Marcus Williams in the role), I wouldn't be surprised if they gave Huertel the starting nod and moved Lance Stephenson over to play the 2-guard.
Nets Free Agent Player To Watch: Garret Siler.
He needs more minutes. Period.