BLOG: NBA Summer League has been great for local stars

BLOG: NBA Summer League has been great for local stars

If you have not had the chance to watch any of the NBA Summer League, you have missed some great performances from some of our local stars.

The Charlotte Hornets wrapped up play last week with Treveon Graham, Johnny O'Bryant, and Dwayne Bacon all showing out at times in Orlando.

Also in Orlando last week, former Duke guard Luke Kennard showed his scoring skills as he averaged 17 points per game and dropped 24 point in the team's final game.

This week's games in Las Vegas and Utah have been full of big time performance from names we are quite familiar with.

The biggest star has been former NC State star Dennis Smith Jr.  Thru 2 games with the Dallas Mavericks, he is averaging 19.5 points per game, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

But not too far behind has been the play of former Duke star Jayson Tatum.  In his first game with the Boston Celtics, he burst on the scene with 23 points and 10 rebounds.  So far, he is averaging 19 points per game and 9 rebounds.

Talk about bursting on the scene, former Lancaster and South Carolina star Sindarius Thornwell did just that in his first game with the Los Angeles Clippers when he had 26 points.  That's a way to make a great first impression.

Former Davidson star Jack Gibbs also took his first chance to make a great impression when he scored 17 points off the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Former Wake Forest star John Collins is making his mark with the Atlanta Hawks.  He is currently averaging 10.7 rebounds per game which is 2nd best in the summer league.  He is also averaging 15 points per contest.

You can pretty much turn on the TV and see guys you know from the Carolinas like Kennedy Meeks, Quinn Cook, Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, Amile Jefferson, PJ Dozier.  That's just a few.

It's just interesting to me to see how these guys start the process of trying to make it in the NBA.  Some look nothing like they did in college and some look even better.

It certainly has my attention.


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