Summer League Standouts: Paolo Banchero’s tough win over Orlando

Summer League Standouts: Paolo Banchero’s tough win over Orlando

Jabari Smith of No. 3 overall pick Rocket matched No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero (Magic) overall with their summer league debut.

Salt Lake City – Here is a quick overview of the last day of the Salt Lake City Summer League and the top performances of the NBA 2K23 Summer League opening games from Las Vegas.

Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic

NBA 2K23 Summer League debut for 2022 No. 1 overall pick Was productive and went somewhat as expected in Las Vegas. And it was even more impressive as he matched most of the night against Jabari Smith Jr., the No. 3 pick in the Rockets who was projected before the draft as a possible first pick.

Banchero has shown a variety of attacking skills, including the ability to shoot from both mid-range and deep, a solid dribble for a 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward, and sharp court vision. As Magic won 91-77, it had 17 points and six assists.

Rookie was aggressive from the Big Tip, scoring eight points in the first quarter and 13 at half time. In contrast, Smith was rather temporary and finished with 10 points, adding seven rebounds.

Paolo Banchero has brought a big performance to his summer league debut.

Banchero’s next game is Saturday (4 ET, ESPN) When he faces the Kings and picks No. 4 Keegan Murray, who is bringing an impressive amount of time to the summer league in Salt Lake City.

For Smith, he had a somewhat quiet night – even adding three assists – but had some excellent drives in the basket and played strong team defense, occasionally matching Banchero. Of course, with everything in the summer league, it’s worth noting how fast luck and performance can change; Chet Holmgren, No. 2 overall pick, can prove it. But there is no doubt Banchero has made a positive start to his first summer league.

– Shawn Powell


Josh Christopher, Houston Rockets

If the 2021 first-round pick wants to push more play time next season, he dropped that formula with a tough effort on both ends against Magic on Thursday.

Christopher finished with 22 points, and his biggest highlight was an upward block on the rim that was first ruled for a foul but then overturned. It was a wonderful display of athletic prowess by a 6-foot-3 guard.

Christopher had trouble getting minutes as a rookie, which was understandable No. 2 overall Jalen Green was also taken into that draft and played in the same position. As the season progressed, the Rockets, who had won just 20 games, were clearly evaluating throughout the roster, increasing Christopher’s time and his performance, including a 30-point game against Minnesota in April.

– Shawn Powell


Caleb Houston, Magic

Two years ago he was on a Florida high school team with Canadian locals Cad Cunningham and Scotty Burns – the top voters for the 2021-22 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. While those former teammates shone in the NBA last season, Houston played college ball in Michigan, with inconsistent results, finally being taken by Orlando in the second round of this year’s draft.

Well, he made a subtle first impression in Vegas. The 6-foot-8 forward was the best shooter on the floor in Thursday’s Magic-Rockets game, making five of his nine 3-pointers and finishing with 20 points. Along with Paolo Banchero and RJ Hampton, Houston was one of the most impressive players for Orlando in their summer league opener.

– Shawn Powell


Jaden Ivy, Detroit Pistons

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Detroit has a pair of 2022 first-round picks on the floor – No. 5 pick Jaden Ivey and No. 13 overall Jalen Duren – and offers a glimpse into the future.

Duren started fast against Portland, easily catching three lobbies for Dunk in the first quarter. Duran is initially a low-post center and will likely be used continuously on screen and roll this coming season, with last year’s No. 1 overall pick expected to make quick connections with Cad Cunningham. Duren added a pair of blocks to take his nine points against the Blazers.

Meanwhile, Ivey finds out his rhythm and hoop as he plays and finishes strongly. The swingman from Purdue looked at the comfort, showed lots of bounces and looked at the floor well. His trademark is the creation outside of Hall Dribble, and he led the Pistons with 20 points, including six rebounds and six assists.

– Shawn Powell


Isaiah Joe & Jaden Springer, Philadelphia 76ers

Isaiah Joe finished with 19 points in Philadelphia’s win against Oklahoma City on Thursday.

Joe, a third-year guard who has seen his role grow in each of the last two regular seasons, has a strong finish at Salt Lake City. With the Philadelphia 76ers winning 80-79 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he scored 19 points (including a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left), four rebounds, two assists and was defensively active (four steals). All in all, it was a tough summer league start for Joe, who had 19 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steels and a block at a rate of 103-99 near Memphis on Tuesday (he didn’t play Wednesday).

Springer, a Philadelphia first-round pick since 2021, spent most of last season in Delaware with their NBA G-League partner. The 6-foot-3 guard finished with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal, with and without the ball being an aggressor. However, he struggled with his shots again (3-13 FGs) and shot 28% in the SLC Summer League. The Sixers are hoping he will step into a big role in 2022-23 and his overall game in Utah has shown that he can be ready for it.

– Jeff Case, for NBA.com


Javier Tillman, Memphis Grizzlies

Tillman went 2-for-2 in terms of strong games with a 10-point, 14-rebound, 4-assist performance in the 95-84 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. After getting a day off on Wednesday, Tillman resumed work on an opposition frontline and found a cut with relative ease against Utah. The semifinals of the Western Conference in Memphis have the design to build last season’s race, and Tillman’s growth and development in the Summer League will be important to help that cause.

– Jeff Case, for NBA.com


Bruno Caboclo, Utah Jazz

Caboclo could not join the jazz until Tuesday due to his commitment to the Brazilian national team. He continued to play hard at Salt Lake with 17 points, 7 rebounds and three blocks to lose to Memphis on Thursday. Overall, he was strong in the paint, finishing with two different power dunks throughout the two games. A former first-round pick and seven-year NBA veteran, Caboclo spent 2021-22 in the G-League. The Utah NBA 2K23 will be watching his game in the Summer League as the Jazz look for frontcourt depth options for next season.

– Jeff Case, for NBA.com

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