Another day and there's more NBA Summer League action to talk about in regards to former Wildcats hitting the court in their new duds. Monday's action in Las Vegas brought about some particularly strong performances, specifically in one player's summer league debut. One player had a strong bounce back performance, and another continues to put up huge numbers.
There were four former Kentucky stars playing yesterday, and one particular match up had two Wildcats from the 2012 national championship team going head-to-head. Let's take a look to see what these formers Wildcats did on Monday.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Hornets
Doron Lamb's Milwaukee Bucks finally played their first game in the NBA Summer League on Monday when they faced Lamb's former teammate in Darius Miller with the New Orleans Hornets. It was a big game for both players with Lamb's Bucks coming out on top 76-68.
Lamb, yet to play a game against professional competition, came out right where he left off from his college basketball days scoring 20 points and played 34 minutes in his debut. Lamb didn't do much else in the game, but he's not going to be a guy who is expected to do much besides fill up the basket. He did just that with a 6-for-12 shooting performance while going 8 of 9 from the line.
Meanwhile, on the other bench, Darius Miller had a nice bounce-back performance with 11 points in his second game in the summer league. He didn't shoot it particularly well (4 for 10), but he's been aggressive which is something he has always felt uncomfortable doing while wearing a Kentucky uniform. His 10 shots were second most on the team, so it is nice to see that he is trying to assert himself immediately.
Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings
The most pleasant surprise of the NBA Summer League with relationship to former Kentucky players has to be Terrence Jones who continues to have really nice games for the Houston Rockets. Jones and the Rockets put a beat down on the Sacramento Kings, 113-91 as Jones came off the bench to put up 17 points and eight rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. Perhaps most surprisingly, Jones did not commit a single foul in his time on the floor.
Jones is now averaging 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his team's first three contests and has arguably played as well as any of Houston's three first-round draft picks they acquired in this year's draft. And Houston has to be particularly excited that Jones fell to them at No. 18 after his early performance.
Josh Harrelson did not play against Sacramento after playing just a few minutes in the game prior.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors
After not having his contract renewed by the Orlando Magic, Daniel Orton has been playing in the Summer League with the Toronto Raptors. Orton is looking to make an impression on someone and hopefully earn an NBA contract before next season.
Orlando was a struggle for him trying to get playing time with Dwight Howard on the floor. But when Howard went down last season, they turned to Orton who delivered mixed results. This summer, Orton has really struggled with a new team scoring just two points and pulling down nine rebounds in over thirty minutes of play in his three games. Orton is going to have to pick it up if he hopes to see himself in an NBA uniform come next season.
Marquis Teague will finally make his NBA Summer League debut for the Chicago Bulls when they take on the Boston Celtics tonight at 10 p.m. He will be the last (excluding Anthony Davis who is playing for Team USA) of Kentucky draft picks this season to make his debut in the NBA Summer League.
Terrence Jones' Rockets and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's Charlotte Bobcats will also be in action Tuesday night.