The 2014 Orlando Summer League has come to a close as players from across the globe gave their best performances over the week to showcase their skills. With a total of 10 teams participating, there were no shortages of outstanding performances from the NBA hopefuls. The best players from the week have been placed into the First All-Orlando team and the Second All-Orlando team.
Some factors that went into deciding the two teams include how many points the player scored, how well they shot the ball and how consistency. Players like Victor Oladipo, Nerlens Noel and Mason Plumlee were excluded from the list because they played in just three games and were only seeing limited minutes in the Summer League. Player position didn’t play a role in deciding each team, so the typical guard, guard, forward, forward and center format was not used.
All-Orlando First Team:
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Detroit Pistons
24 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game
If there was an award for Most Valuable Player in the Orlando Summer League, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would have won it. Caldwell-Pope averaged 24 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in five games this week for the Detroit Pistons. He was consistently at the top of his team’s scoring list through each game and earned four appearances as a stud on Basketball Insiders’ studs and duds list this week.
G Casper Ware – Philadelphia 76ers
19 points, 5.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds
While the drop off from the Orlando Summer League’s leading scorer to second-leading scorer in Casper Ware was eight points, Ware flashed the ability to score into the 20’s and fill up the stat sheet in the process. In Ware’s best game on Wednesday, he scored 24 points and dished out eight assists in 32 minutes. While many players may not be able to land spots in the regular season on their Summer League teams, many of them are showcasing their skills for every teams and Ware showed teams over the last week that he might be able to step into a backup role and run an offense.
G Nick Johnson – Houston Rockets
15.8 points (45 percent FG shooting), 6.2 rebounds and five assists
The Rockets’ second-round draft pick in this year’s draft surely turned some heads throughout the week from the highlight-reel dunks to his ability to drop some points. Nick Johnson ended the week about as well as you can as he recorded a triple-double against the Nets with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
F James Ennis – Miami HEAT
17 points (52 percent FG shooting), 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals
After playing last season at an MVP level in Australia, James Ennis continued that level of play in the Summer League. Ennis averaged 17 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and proved he is capable of sticking around on the HEAT’s roster. Ennis meshed well with rookie point guard Shabazz Napier, as the two looked in-sync on a lot of plays, including a highlight-reel alley-oop. With multiple open roster spots remaining on the HEAT, Ennis may be able to find a place on the roster.
G Donald Sloan – Indiana Pacers
18.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds
Indiana Pacers point guard Donald Sloan’s experience in the NBA showed during the week at Summer League. Sloan averaged a team-high 18.5 points per game and they relied on him much throughout the week. Pacers president Larry Bird and head coach Frank Vogel were sitting courtside for most of the Pacers’ games and Sloan showed them firsthand that he deserves to keep his spot with the team.
All-Orlando Second Team:
F Kelly Olynyk – Boston Celtics
17.5 points (40 percent FG shooting), 7.3 rebounds, two assists and two steals
Kelly Olynyk was another player with NBA experience that played well through the week. Averaging 17.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, Olynyk might have been on the first-team had he shot the ball a little bit better. Olynyk and his hair finished up the week with 20 points and six rebounds against the Pacers, proving his place among the Summer League’s best.
G Jordan Adams – Memphis Grizzlies
14.8 points (41 percent FG shooting), 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.2 steals
Jordan Adams began the week playing extremely well, scoring 22 points and 20 points in the Grizzlies’ first two games. Following those two performances, Adams slipped a little bit scoring two, 19 and 11 points, respectively. The Grizzlies’ first-round draft pick gave the team a lot to like after just his first week playing against Summer League competition.
F Mitch McGary – Oklahoma City Thunder
14.8 points (50 percent FG shooting), 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals
After scoring just eight points in the Thunder’s first game, Mitch McGary knocked off the rust and performed at a high level. McGary scored 18, 15 and 18 for the remainder of the week and shot 50 percent from the floor for the Thunder and looked like he’ll be able to give them a viable option off of the bench.
G Tyler Johnson – Miami HEAT
12.8 points (61 percent FG shooting), 2.3 rebounds and one steal
The undrafted Tyler Johnson out of Fresno State turned some heads throughout the week at Summer League. Johnson shot a blistering 61 percent from the field and added some incredible dunks during his 20 minutes per game. Johnson and Summer League teammate James Ennis figure to each have a decent chance of making the HEAT’s roster with a couple of open roster spots available.
F/C Jarnell Stokes – Memphis Grizzlies
12.2 points (45 percent FG shooting), 9.4 rebounds and one assist
Jarnell Stokes nearly averaged a double-double in five games for the Grizzlies, putting up 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. The second-round draft pick isn’t guaranteed on the team, but his impressive performances in the Summer League should be able to translate well to the NBA and he should be able to lock in with the Grizz.
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