NBA Orlando Summer League Highlights
Today marked the end of the Orlando Summer League and the beginning of Vegas, so here are some of the highlights from this past week in Orlando from the 10 teams that competed (1st year players only):
Victor Oladipo, G/F, Orlando Magic
So I guess he’s a point guard now? The Magic had second overall pick Oladipo running the point the entire week and the results were pretty mixed, but mostly positive. He struggled from the field in a few games, but really spread the stat sheets on most occasions. In game 1 he recorded 18 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. In game 4, he scored 24 points, dished out 6 assists and added 3 steals and 3 three balls.
Fantasy Spin: The move from winger to point guard officially makes Oladipo one of the most interesting and difficult to predict rookies from a fantasy perspective in the last 5 to 10 years. The Magic apparently plan to play him at both guard positions this year, sometimes with Jameer Nelson, other times with Arron Afflalo. I personally thing he fits far better as a shooting guard in the NBA than at the point, but either way, I think steals will be his strongest asset this season. Points will probably be inconsistent while assists and overall efficiency will greatly depend on what position he ends up playing, and how often the ball is in his hands.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
A very strange week for Carter-Williams. In a lot of ways, he put up great numbers and in possibly more ways, his numbers were terrible. For instance, in game 1, he recorded 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists, but the line was sort of tainted by his 9 turnovers. The following game he didn’t turn the ball over a single time but shot 4-20 from the field and scored only 13 points. Then in Thursday’s game he floated back up to 8 turnovers on 3-10 shooting.
Fantasy Spin: If you’re putting together a team that’s willing to sacrifice turnovers and field goal percentage on a regular basis, I can’t advice you enough to seek out Carter Williams for your draft. On the other hand, if efficiency is what you are looking for, I’d strongly advice you to steer as clear as humanly possible from someone I could easily see shooting around 35% from the field while averaging over 5 turnovers a game.
Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Boston Celtics
Boston’s first rounder had an excellent week in Orland. He scored in double figures every game, highlighted by a 25 point, 7 rebound game 1 and a 19 point, 10 rebound game 4. On the whole he shot 37 for 64 from the field.
Fantasy Spin: Opportunities will be aplenty in Boston this season. Olynyk will mostly be competing with Jared Sullinger for playing time as veteran Brandon Bass should be slated as the steady power forward. If you’re looking for efficiency, points, and rebounds late in your draft, the Gonzaga grad could be a good fit.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG/SF, Detroit Pistons
KCP was not at all afraid of shooting the ball this week. He started off pretty cold, but by game three he found is stroke. He scored 19, 15, and 20 points respectively in his last three games, hitting 4 triples in game 3.
Fantasy Spin: As the only true SG on the Pistons roster right now, Caldwell-Pope is a really intriguing fantasy option. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit between 1.5 and 2 threes a game this year. On the other hand, there’s a chance the Pistons ease him into his role on the team - as the team tends to do with rookies a lot of the time - and he’ll most likely be a streaky shooter that could hurt your field goal percentage on a routine basis, but the threes will come at some point, it’s just a matter of when.
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets
It was an on and off week overall for Plumlee, but he showed a lot of potential when it was truly on. In game 2, Plumlee shot 8-8 from the field, recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. Granted he was playing a ridiculous Miami Heat front court, but you still have to credit the efficiency. The rest of the week, he was pretty underwhelming, but didn’t post any particularly negative numbers on the whole.
Fantasy Spin: Plumlee figures to be the backup center for Brook Lopez on the Nets. Kevin Garnett and Reggie Evans will also be in the power forward/center mix. But Plumlee offers a very different game than Garnett and Evans and with Lopez’s injury history, Plumlee could be a sneaky late round pick, especially in really deep leagues.
Solomon Hill, SF, Indiana Pacers
The former Arizona Wildcat was stroking it from downtown all week, hitting 10 of 18 threes. He was consistently one of the best players on the court for the Pacers and showed a variety of skills.
Fantasy Spin: At 6’7” with solid agility, Hill has a lot of valuable NBA tools and could really make a name for himself in the league. The problem right now is opportunity as the Pacers are loaded with wingmen: Paul George, Lance Stephenson, Danny Granger, Gerald Green, and the newly acquired Chris Copeland. Hill could beat out the last three for some playing time, but outside of really deep keeper leagues, he’s probably not a great play this year.