The NBA Summer League is winding down in Las Vegas. With just three days of games slated for this weekend, a few former Wildcats will be participating in an attempt to make one final impression on their organizations before training camp in a couple of months.
Thus far, it has been a mixed bag of results for Kentucky NBA players, but they certainly have made some noise. Though it's not quite actual NBA action, almost all of them have shown the ability to adjust to the professional game and have some success.
With some teams wrapping up their final games and a couple others being held out with bumps and bruises, the Kentucky flavor that was playing summer league ball has since faded a bit. But let's take a look at the last few days to see how they are faring.
You would be hard pressed to find a player that has been as consistent as Terrence Jones was in the NBA Summer League this year. For the third time in five games, Jones once again went off for 17 points in a 96-88 win over Marquis Teague's Chicago Bulls.
Jones, whose Rockets went 4-1 in their five summer league contests, finishes play in Las Vegas with an impressive stat line. He averaged 18.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 25.2 minutes per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He was simply phenomenal and has without question made the most noise of any Kentucky player competing in the event.
After a tough debut in the summer league, Marquis Teague bounced back and had a better performance in the Chicago's 96-88 loss. Teague finished with 14 points (6-of-13 shooting) with five assists. He did turn the ball over five times, so the ratio was not desirable, but it did show a marked improvement from game one, which is certainly a positive.
Teague, as many have said, has a long way to go before he becomes a starting-caliber point guard in the NBA, but the skills are there. Like most freshmen that come out after their first season, there is still plenty of room for improvement and development. This was the case when Teague was at Kentucky, but he showed spurts of dominance and pure ability, which is something that projects well to the NBA, even if the finished product may come well down the line.
The second-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks continues to show that he can score the ball at any level despite some perceived deficiencies. Doron Lamb continues to prove his doubters wrong. After scoring 20 points in his summer league debut, Lamb came back with a quiet, but solid 12-point performance.
Lamb's 12-point night came in 78-75 defeat to the Washington Wizards, but he's done all of his scoring this season in an unconventional way. At least unconventional by his standards. Lamb has been doing all of his damage inside the arc where he seemingly lived during his days at Kentucky. He's only taken three of 25 total field goal attempts from three-point land, and he's yet to make one of those. His reputation as a deep-threat speaks for itself, but it's been his mid-range game and ability to take the ball to the basket that has impressed in the summer so far.
Lamb was held out of Milwaukee's third game to get some rest. He and teammate Tobias Harris were simply given the night off.
New Orleans' other draft pick from Kentucky, Darius Miller, has started all three games for the Hornets in the summer league so far. He's averaging just six points including an 11-point performance in his second game. He came back in his third game against the Phoenix Suns and scored four points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field.
After scoring 18 points in his first game with the Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continues to be sidelined by a leg injury. He's missed the last three Bobcats games and is likely being held out to make sure he is healthy by the time training camp rolls around.
No, Anthony Davis has not played a single summer league game yet, nor will he, for the New Orleans Hornets. He is, however, seeing some playing time for the USA Men's Basketball Olympic team right now. Thursday afternoon, Davis made his presence felt in a 118-78 rout of Great Britain in the Revolutionary War reenactment.
Davis, the youngest player on this year's national team, played just 13 minutes near the end of the game, but was an efficient made 5-of-7 attempts while scoring 11 points with three rebounds. And in true Davis fashion, he flushed down two thunderous dunks on the British.