With Day 1 in the books of the Orlando Pro Summer League lets take a look at the winners and losers of the first day…
Marreese Speights – Though he seemingly shot the ball everytime he touched it (26 FGA), Speights was a man amongst boys on Day 1. He finished with a double double 28 points and 11 rebounds and generally cannot be handled.
Terrence Williams’ All Around Game – In what could be a microcosm of his NBA career, at least in the early going, TWill struggled with his shot (1-8) but his all around game shined. He hauled in nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocked shots.
Jrue Holliday’s Defense – On the defensive side of the ball it was easy to see Holiday was the elite player he was being billed as. Besides the numbers (4 steals, 2 blocked shots) Holiday was generally harassing the opposing team’s PG’s the entire game (Will Blaylock 7 turnovers), pretty much for all 94 feet.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Russell Westbrook was dominating as expected (18 FTAs), Shaun Livingston looked good out there, possibly for the first time since his return from injury (6 assists, 0 turnovers), James Harden was excellent in his debut, 17 points, and a they had a nice surprise from Serge Ibaka. Ibaka was 6 of 8 from the floor, for 13 points with 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in just 20 minutes.
Lester Hudson – Not yet a household name, playing for a small college (University of Tennessee-Martin) Hudson was everywhere on Day 1. Certainly someone to keep your eye on for the rest of the summer league. Could become a Shannon Brown type of player in NBA.
Indiana Pacers NBA Guys – Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert. Rush never looked comfortable out there and seemed Rushed (get it?) and out of control on the way to 4 of 18 shooting. Hibbert’s final numbers are deceiving. He caught the ball multiple times under the rim yet could not finish. Looked very stiff and plodding.
Jrue Holiday’s Offense – While his defense was on point, his offense left something to be desired. He seemed content to just run the offense in the first half, but in the second half when he got more aggressive he also became turnover prone. Finished with five turnovers including one on his teams final possession of regulation.
Utah Jazz – Looked ugly in their opening game. They only scored 56 points including 6 in the second quarter. Eric Maynor looked solid in his debut but the Jazz certainly were overpowered.