NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 2 in Orlando

July 2nd, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

While most of the NBA's attention remained glued on free agency, a small portion of the hoops world quietly kick-started the new basketball calendar year on Saturday.

The Orlando Summer League opened with a full five-game schedule light on competitive action but nevertheless rich with valuable information.

With just two 2016 first-rounders in action—the Detroit Pistons' Henry Ellenson and the Los Angeles Clippers' Brice Johnson—sophomores, second-rounders and a few roster-hopefuls controlled the day. Some elder statesmen looked like they didn't belong for good reasons, while a few unheralded prospects looked comfortable under the bright-ish lights.

The offensive production was sloppy, as just two teams shot above 45 percent from the field and four finished below 40. While that made some of the slate's more rocky individual performances harder to watch, it also spotlighted the strong ones. Here's all the good, bad and exciting moments that emerged from Day 1 of the 2016 NBA Summer League.


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