NBA PM: Orlando Summer League Standouts

Cody Taylor breaks down standouts from Orlando Summer League.

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With the 2017 Orlando Summer League officially wrapped up, it’s time to take a look at those players that performed well throughout the week.

In total, eight teams competed during the six-day event, with each team playing in five games. From rookies to veterans, each player attempted to impress their respective clubs and we saw a number of guys take advantage of the opportunity.

Here are six Orlando Summer League standouts (in no particular order):

Treveon Graham, Charlotte Hornets:

Although Graham was held out of the Hornets’ final two games due to hamstring soreness, he was among those that stood out in Orlando. He averaged 17.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals in three games for the Hornets.

Graham turned in his best outing of the week on Saturday after he recorded 16 points, 13 rebounds (six offensive), four assists and three steals. As a player with prior NBA experience, Graham showed why the Hornets kept him on the roster last season.

Bam Adebayo, Miami HEAT:

After being drafted with the 14th overall pick, Adebayo showed flashes of excellence throughout the week. He averaged 17.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in four games for the HEAT. One glaring weakness was his shooting, though. He finished the Orlando Summer League by shooting 35.2 percent (19-of-54), including a 1-of-10 outing on Thursday.

Adebayo looked noticeably uncomfortable during his first game on Saturday, but that’s to be expected of a rookie making his debut in the NBA. While he struggled for much of the week from the field, he proved to be dominant on Monday after recording 29 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. He even pulled out a Eurostep in transition that wowed those watching.

Henry Ellenson, Detroit Pistons:

After a strong week in Orlando, Ellenson certainly proved that he should be able to compete for NBA minutes next season. In five games, Ellenson averaged 17.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. In addition, he also shot 33.3 percent (11-of-33) from three-point range.

Ellenson turned in his best outing of the week on Wednesday after scoring 29 points and six rebounds, while shooting 12-of-20 from the field. He showed off his improved jumper in each game and looks poised to become a legitimate big man that can help stretch the floor.

Brandon Paul, Dallas Mavericks:

Paul had perhaps one of the best outings this week among all guards. The former Illinois guard averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, three assists and 1.2 steals per game. Even more impressive for Paul was he shot 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from three-point range.

Paul recorded his best game of the week on Wednesday, scoring 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, while converting on 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. It was one of the best shooting performances of the week and he drained four of those 3s in the first quarter alone.

Following his impressive week, Paul is said to be close to landing an NBA deal.

Dwight Buycks, Dallas Mavericks:

Buycks and Paul formed quite the backcourt duo in Orlando this week. While Paul turned in some memorable performances, Buycks did so as well. He came up with several big shots for the Mavericks in the Championship Game on Thursday. He averaged 17.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.8 steals per game for the Mavericks.

Buycks had one of the most impressive stat lines of the week on Saturday after recording 16 points, seven steals, six assists and four rebounds. After playing mostly overseas since going undrafted in the 2011 draft, Buycks had an impressive run this week in Orlando that could be what’s needed to get back into the NBA.

Josh Huestis, Oklahoma City Thunder:

Huestis looked to be among the best players this week in Orlando. He averaged 15 points and 6.8 rebounds in four games for the Thunder, while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range. He told reporters he worked to improve his shot and it showed this week during games.

Huestis has played mostly up until this point in the G-League with the Oklahoma City Blue. After turning in a great showing during Summer League, Huestis figures to be a candidate to earn more playing time next season.

Honorable Mention:

Semaj Christon, Oklahoma City Thunder; Pierre Jackson, Detroit Pistons; Joe Young, Indiana Pacers; T.J. Leaf, Indiana Pacers; Damyean Dotson, New York Knicks


Following a busy week in Orlando, we saw several players step up and turn in some memorable performances. With the Orlando Summer League now in the books, the NBA turns its attention over to the Las Vegas Vegas Summer League with games beginning Friday. Basketball Insiders will have all of your coverage from Las Vegas.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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