NBA Orlando Pro Summer League 2010: Day 2 Review

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.

Onward!

Monstars

  • Patrick Ewing Jr., SF, Orlando Magic - Ewing recovered from his poor shooting performance on day 1 to finish with 17 points on 7-12 shooting, including 2-4 from outside.  He's still probably not being used correctly, and his shot selection was occasionally iffy, but it was nice to see him bounce back.  Ewing probably could stand to get to the free throw line a little more in the next few days, as he's not really a shooter and will (should) make his mark in the NBA as a defender, slasher, and rebounder.
  • Cedric Simmons, PF, Philadelphia 76ers - Simmons turned some heads with this game, in which he scored 10 points on 4-5 shooting with seven boards in a little under 17 minutes.  He was generally active (four of his rebounds came on offense) and limited his turnovers and fouls.  Simmons is 24, but that's not that much older than some of the rookies here, and he's been showing that he contribute; consistency will be the key for him.
  • James Augustine, PF, Utah Jazz - Yes, again.  Augustine made his presence felt for the second day in a row, and while he didn't match his 20-point performance from Monday, he did have a solid seven points on 2-3 shooting to accompany seven rebounds and a block in 20 minutes of playing time.  As SLC Dunk has noted, he's "better than his numbers and shooting efficiency (11-13 fg) has been his understanding of what to do on offense as a Jazz PF. (something tells me he might have seen a few Jazz games in his life on TV) This automatically gives him an edge over some of the guys he's competing with for playing time. His maturity is also a factor, he's not some 20 year old kid. He's a man, and has been playing like one."
  • Honorable Mention: Paul Davis, C, Orlando Magic - Davis didn't have the best shooting performance, 2-6, but he made 9 of 11 free throws, grabbed five rebounds and generally played solid defense.
  • Double Bonus Honorable Mention: JayCee Carroll, SG, Boston Celtics - Carroll had a good game offensively for the Celtics, shooting 6-10 for 14 points along with a somewhat-surprising six rebounds.

 

Nonstars

  • 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).
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