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UK in the summer league: Jones blasting off for Rockets

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Former Kentucky players continue to get their work in during the Las Vegas portion of the NBA Summer League game with mixed results. With such a large contingent of NBA teams participating in Las Vegas rather than Orlando, a few of the former Wildcats have seen some professional basketball action, meanwhile, some teams are yet to play a single game with the likes of Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague still waiting to see the floor. 

Over the last couple of days in the league, only a couple of former Wildcats even saw action, so here is a brief update on how those players performed.

Terrence Jones

In just two games for the Houston Rockets, Terrence Jones is already making a strong impression. Jones fell a little bit further in the NBA Draft than many expected, but he was still a first rounder, one of three selected by Houston in the 2012 draft. Thus far, he's been one of the most consistent performers for the Rockets.

In Saturday's 76-70 win over the Washington Wizards, Jones followed up a 17-point performance with 16 points and five rebounds. Though he scored less, he was much more efficient from the field shooting 7 for 10. Already in just two games, Jones looks to be one of the top performers of former Kentucky stars playing summer league hoops.

Josh Harrellson

The newly acquired Josh Harrellson made his Houston Rockets debut alongside Jones on Saturday in a brief showing. Harrellson played less than five minutes and took only one shot in his scoreless effort, but it is likely that his minutes and opportunities will increase as the league goes on.

Harrellson was off to a strong rookie campaign for the New York Knicks before suffering an injury in the middle of the season that saw him miss 21 games before he was slowly worked back into a new-look rotation when he returned. He's shown the ability to defend and rebound so far in the NBA and when given an opportunity, can fill up the scoring column. He could be a nice, quiet acquisition for the Rockets this season.

Darius Miller

The sixth man of the 2012 National Championship team made his NBA Summer League debut Sunday. Darius Miller's professional debut came in a brand-new role: starter. It was a forgettable debut for Miller where he scored just three points on 1-of-5 shooting in 17 minutes for the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets fell to Portland, 85-82.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

The second overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, did not play in Charlotte's 68-64 win over Cleveland due to a coach's decision.

Marquis Teague & Doron Lamb

Neither Marquis Teague or Doron Lamb have made their summer league debut in Las Vegas because neither player's team have yet to see action. Lamb will make his debut Monday night against Darius Miller and Anthony Davis's New Orleans Hornets. Teague will throw on the Bulls uniform for the first time on Tuesday when Chicago takes on the Boston Celtics.

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