Kidd-Gilchrist, Jones Shine In Summer League Debuts
07/13/2012 11:52 PM
Leading up to the NBA Draft, there were some concerns that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might not have the tools to be a scorer in the NBA. In his first NBA Summer League game, the Bobcats rookie seemed to put those reservations to rest, if only for one night. Kidd-Gilchrist scored 18 points, while also registering 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in leading Charlotte to a 121-87win over the Sacramento Kings. 15 of Kidd-Gilchrist’s 18 points came in the first half when he made 7/8 shots, including a fast break dunk over 6’9” Rob Kurz and a three-pointer (his only attempt of the game).
Former teammate Terrence Jones also got off to a quick start to his pro career, which begins in Houston. While there are still rumors that Jones and the two other players drafted by the Rockets in the first round, Jeremy Lamb and Royce White, could be part of a package sent to Orlando for Dwight Howard, the trio looked like a force in their first game. Jones finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds, despite shooting only 4/11 from the field. The former UK star hit all 8 of his free throws and displayed the relentless motor that made him a force during the second half of the season.
A few other performances from Friday night:
Brandon Knight (Detroit): Named to the All-Summer League 2nd Team
Enes Kanter (Utah): 15 points, 8 rebounds
DeAndre Liggins (Orlando): 2 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists
Daniel Orton (Toronto): 0 points, 2 rebounds