It was a full day of hoops as both the Orlando and Utah leagues completed their schedules on Thursday. Beginning with Miami vs. New York Knicks at 8:00 a.m. and ending with Boston vs. Utah at 9:00 p.m., it was a day made in heaven for serious basketball fans. As usual, a number of former Wildcats were in action. Here’s how they did:
MIA vs NYK (8:00 a.m.)
Maybe it was the 8 a.m. tip time. Perhaps it was just a rookie having a typical rookie “off” game. Whatever the reason, Bam Adebayo had a disappointing outing in his final game for Miami during the Summer League. While Bam did come alive the final 5:00 of the game, his 1-10 FG shooting was underwhelming. A shining spot for Adebayo was his 11-14 shooting from the charity strike. Ultimately, the Heat lost to the Knicks 91-72, and ended the Orlando series winless. Adebayo finished his summer league season averaging 17.5 points and 8.25 rebounds while shooting over 76% from the free throw line. All in all, Bam had fairly successful week in his NBA debut.
IND vs OKC (noon)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Dakari Johnson is making a very strong case to be on the Thunder roster in October. Johnson has been a consistent performer and the work he has put into improving his body and skills is paying dividends. Several times in multiple games, Johnson was given the task of running the point, and he did so more than adequately. In Dakari’s final outing for the summer league, he poured in 15 points, grabbed 3 boards, and had zero turnovers. For the league season, Johnson averaged 18 points and 5.5 rebounds.
DAL vs DET (2 p.m.)
Derek Willis ended his summer league play with a whimper today as Detroit was edged out by Dallas, 83-81. Willis averaged 11 minutes per contest, and only managed 3.5 points and 2 rebounds per game. While Derek showed flashes of talent, he never seemed to put together a nice stretch of consistent play.
PHI vs SA (7 p.m.)
In the final game of the day that include former Wildcats, the Sixers came back and defeated the San Antonio Spurs 94-86. Alex Poythress had another solid effort and Isaiah Briscoe came alive scoring 10 points on 5-7 shooting. Zay also added 2 assists and 2 steals to round out a good day.
Tough jumper to beat the shot clock by Isaiah Briscoe for his first Summer League bucket. pic.twitter.com/O6kMr38zHu
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) July 6, 2017
Poythress had 9 points, 1 board and 1 assist. Also getting some playing time was Aaron Harrison. Aaron wasn’t as productive this time out, scoring only 3 points, but he did add 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Philadelphia will continue playing in the Vegas league.
All the action moves to Las Vegas on Friday with 6 games on tap, 4 of which could feature Kentucky players. The games of note are:
TOR vs NOLA – 6 p.m.
BRK vs ATL – 8 p.m.
LAC vs LAL – 8:30 p.m.
PHO vs SAC 10:30 p.m.
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