Sunday, July 11, 2010

Turner, Hayward, George Finish Summer League

Spectacular Seven members Evan Turner, Gordon Hayward and Paul George completed summer league play on Friday.

Playing five games in five days in Orlando, they all had their ups and downs; but for the most part there was nothing which would bring about any second-guessing on the part of the teams which drafted them.

Evan Turner, by his own admission, had the roughest time of the group.

He blamed it on a lack of conditioning and the need to adjust to the quickness of the NBA game. Other than the 17 turnovers, there is really nothing to worry about.

The player who made the biggest impression had to be Gordon Hayward.

After his first summer league game, he had haters making grudging admissions; and by the end of the week he had represented himself so well that Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan felt comfortable enough to publicly compare him to John Stockton.

Not bad for a guy who was booed by Utah Jazz fans when his name was announced on draft night.

Pacer Paul George was no slouch either. He set an Orlando Summer League record by recording seven steals in one game and had other games where he filled up other columns of the stat sheet.

His most impressive moment may have come when he helped the Pacers overcome a huge deficit with his performance and clinching basket and free throw.

He shot the ball poorly from the field and even worse from three but put up strong numbers everywhere else, averaging 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2.4 steals in five games.

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