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

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News or watch it anytime with Spectrum On Demand. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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