Summer League is the event of the year for players to impress fans, coaches, and NBA executives. It is a platform to prove they should get a training camp invite or to show their skills have improved.
However you slice it, the NBA’s summer spectacle has importance and a few Oregon Duck alums showed out with the opportunity.
Probably the most talked-about draft pick outside of the top three prospects was a 24-year-old rookie. Weird, right?
Well, although it’s an uncommon conversation in NBA circles on a mid-twenties rookie, Duarte more than showed why there was so much hoopla about him.
In four games for the Pacers, he averaged 18.3 points on 45.6% shooting and 48.3% from the three-point. While his scoring and shooting were impressive, his defense was just as remarkable. Hounding the opposition to average 2.5 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
Pritchard played as well as any second-year player should during Summer League. He averaged 16.8 points on 47.8% shooting and 46.9% from three. While also dishing 8.5 assists, and corralling 5.8 rebounds.
Oh yeah, and he also left for a prior commitment which included him showing up at a Portland Pro-Am game and dropping 92 points.
His performances, along with helping the Celtics reach the Summer League final helped Pritchard be named to All-Summer League First Team.
A King playing for the Kings is a rare joke or pun that seems timeless.
During Summer League, King played like his job was on the line. Which is very well could’ve, as he’s an undrafted rookie entering year three and the NBA likes to move on from the “old” quickly.
In five games for the Summer League champions, King averaged 14.6 points and shot 45.2% from three. He’s really just a scorer and nothing else, but did that efficiently and made an impression.
Easily the most popular Oregon recruit in some time, Bol has struggled to find his footing in the NBA. Whether it’s injuries or just matchups.
As he enters season three on a championship-driven Nuggets team, the question remains if he’ll be able to crack the rotation and contribute.
In three Summer League games, he averaged 21.7 points on 44.2% shooting and 40% from three
Omoruyi capitalized on his opportunity with the Mavericks, averaging 14.8 points on 55.3% shooting.
As he played as well as he could to earn a job, he was also featured in a lowlight. In a game against the Kings, he fouled Chimezie Metu, which led to Metu swinging on him. The altercation led to both players being ejected.
Luckily for Omoruyi, he didn't lose his job, as he secured a Two-Way deal with the Mavericks after going undrafted last month.