The Orlando Summer League continued on Tuesday, without the marquee matchup that Evan Turner vs. Derrick Favors provided on day one, but with some interesting questions nonetheless, many raised by Monday's play. Many of those questions, however, won't be discussed here. This site's purview is typically D-League and other non-NBA players, so I've been focusing on free agents and second round players taking part in these games. Individual team blogs throughout SB Nation and elsewhere are doing a bang-up job of covering those players, so if you have questions about top draft picks or young NBA veterans, you may find the answers there.
Since most people visiting Ridiculous Upside are probably doing so as a way to see who's looking good and bad at Summer League in lieu of a recap of each game, Scott has
saddled me made the brilliant decision to bring back the lovely Monstars and Nonstars that we employed during the D-League playoffs. These are the three(-ish) best and non-best players of the day, again sticking with players you may not be familiar with.
- Paul Harris, SF, Utah Jazz - Harris needs to make some kind of impression after missing all of last season with an injury, and while he's probably still getting back into game shape, it would behoove him to make a better impression than getting both of his shot attempts blocked and grabbing just one rebound in eight minutes.
- Thomas Heurtel, PG, Indiana Pacers - After impressing with his solid point guard play in day 1, Heurtel came back down to Earth (regressed to his mean?) with five points on 2-6 shooting and just two assists in over 14 minutes. Heurtel still has upside and could be a good long-term prospect, but Lance Stephenson seems to be running away with the Pacers' backup point guard job (though please, someone call me when he registers more than three assists)..
- Ryan Thompson, SG/SF, Boston Celtics - Single-game +/- ratings are iffy stats to rely on, and Summer League single-game +/- even moreso, but it should be noted that the Celtics were a -28 with Thompson on the floor. I'm guessing most of his minutes game in garbage time (Philadelphia won this game by 17 points), but even then he wasn't really able to showcase much of anything, shooting 0-2 and finishing with more fouls (three) than rebounds (two).