Charlotte Hornets 74, Miami HEAT 67
In the first game of the NBA Summer League in Orlando, Briante Weber and the Charlotte Hornets faced off against Okaro White and the Miami HEAT. The HEAT dug themselves a hole early on, entering the second quarter down 27-18, but rallied and competed down the stretch, ultimately falling 74-67.
Miami’s first round draft pick, Bam Adebayo (selected 14th overall), posted a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks in his NBA Summer League debut. After a slow start, Adebayo found his stride in the second half, scoring seven of his 14 points in the third quarter.
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Weber finished with 17 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists in 29 minutes for the Hornets, while White led the HEAT with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Both Weber and White played for Sioux Falls during the 2016-17 season, both were named to the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Roster, and both received NBA Call-Ups and finished the season with their respective teams.
Okaro White on his newest teammate, Bam Adebayo: “You know, Bam, he’s a beast. Like I’ve said myself, with some of the other guys, he’s a part of the HEAT culture. Him getting out there and being able to run up and down and does what he does, you know, I’m sure he’s having fun. I’m sure he’ll say too, he felt like he didn’t play the best that he could, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
Okaro White on how this years’ experience has been different than in the past: “Definitely it’s slowing down a little bit. Definitely a different experience at this summer league than in my past summer leagues. I’m getting more relaxed and I’m a little more in control…it’s good to be in the position I’m in. I just want to succeed and play hard.”
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Indiana Pacers 85, Orlando Magic 74
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Jarnell Stokes started at center for the Pacers, and posted 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in today’s victory. Bubu Palo, who was slated to come off the bench for Indiana on Saturday, did not enter the game.
Stokes on recovering from his foot injury, and how close he is to being full-strength: “The foot’s feeling great. I feel 100 percent. It’s much stronger than it was before and it helped me grow up a lot. That being said, I lost 10 pounds [in training] and I feel like I can guard one-through-five. There were so many different attributes I was able to gain just from going through my first injury ever in life.”
Stokes on his conditioning after sitting out last season: “I would say I’m at about 80-90 percent. I felt pretty good out there. I felt like I was in better shape than I was even before the injury, so that’s what’s crazy about the entire situation. I’ve been eating so much better, and it’s been helping me out a lot.”
Dallas Mavericks 80, New York Knicks 75
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Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a New York Knicks rookie out of Florida State University, posted 11 points, five assists and four rebounds in his NBA Summer League debut. Rathan-Mayes is the step-son of former Skyforce standout Tharon Mayes, who was named to the CBA All-Rookie Team during the ’90-91 season, and was also voted to the CBA All-Star game, where he put up 13 points and seven rebounds. Mayes scored 1,571 points in just 67 games as a member of the Skyforce.
Dallas Mavericks’ Luis Montero posted solid numbers, putting up eight points, three assists and three steals on just 3-5 shooting on the afternoon. Montero began the 2016-17 season with the Skyforce before being traded to the Reno Bighorns, affiliate of the Sacramento Kings.
Oklahoma City Thunder 92, Detroit Pistons 91
While neither team featured any former Skyforce players, one player on Oklahoma City’s team has a connection with the Skyforce, although it may be somewhat obscure. Oklahoma City’s Vince Hunter, who posted 21 points and seven rebounds on 7-10 shooting in today’s win.
Hunter has spent the last year and a half playing overseas, but began his professional career with the Sacramento Kings, and their affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. Last season, the Skyforce acquired the returning player rights to Vince Hunter as part of the trade that sent Luis Montero to Reno. Though he’s never played a game in a Sioux Falls uniform, if Hunter should ever decide to return to the now-called NBA G League, the Skyforce would have first rights to his contract.
Skyforce Alumni Day 1 Statistics (scroll right for complete stats)
|Okaro White||Miami HEAT||34||5||14||35.7||2||6||33.3||8||11||72.2||0||8||1||3||20|
|Briante Weber||Charlotte Hornets||29||5||13||38.5||1||2||50.0||6||7||85.7||2||5||4||0||17|
|Jarnell Stokes||Indiana Pacers||27||2||8||25.0||0||0||00.0||6||10||60.0||2||9||0||4||10|
|Bubu Palo||Indiana Pacers||DNP||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Stefan Jankovic||Orlando Magic||DNP||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Luis Montero||Dallas Mavericks||21||3||5||60.0||1||2||50.0||1||2||50.0||3||1||3||1||8|