The third day of the 2015 Orlando Summer League action took place on Monday, with a slate of three games involving the majority of the league’s 10 squads.
First on the schedule were the Orlando Magic’s two separate squads, who took on the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively, with mixed results. Then a pair of lottery rookies engaged in a duel when the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons tangled in the third contest.
That’s just a tease of the developments that unfolded on Monday’s slate. Check out a full list of results below along with a brief recap for each showdown at Amway Center.
Magic (White) def. Pacers, 86-76
Former Michigan State floor general Keith Appling showed grit and competitiveness by getting to the charity stripe often, sinking all 11 of his free throws and sparking the White Magic squad to a victory.
Appling matched teammate Chris Singleton for a game-high 17 points. Sam Meyerkopf of EuroLeagueAdventures.com weighed in on Appling’s potential NBA future:
Pacers lottery draft pick Myles Turner took the hardwood and showed the uneven play that made him a polarizing prospect. In 27 minutes or so of court time, Turner hit a three-pointer among his six field goals on 11 tries, had 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.
NBA TV’s highlights of Turner’s debut and the kind words from Pacers head coach Frank Vogel must have Indiana fans eager to see more from the Texas product:
Spectacular as Turner’s numbers were on Monday again, he also had eight personal fouls, which won’t cut it in the NBA.
Turner has undeniable potential and is probably playing with no holds barred to make splash plays in Orlando Summer League. While the assertiveness is admirable, he must find a balance between contesting shots and avoiding contact in doing so.
Thunder def. Magic (Blue), 73-65
Mitch McGary carved up Orlando’s defense for 19 points to lead three Oklahoma City players in double figures, helping the Thunder pull away in a fourth quarter they won 25-18.
Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com made a keen observation about McGary amid a performance in which the former University of Michigan standout drained nine of 12 shots:
ESPN’s Royce Young logged a key sequence that showcased McGary’s versatility:
The Thunder have to be pleased at what they saw from McGary. He figures to be called upon to provide a spark in the frontcourt with the A-team after OKC missed the postseason in 2014-15.
Never shy to shoot, Mario Hezonja didn’t have his best outing for Orlando (6-of-16 shooting for 14 points) but did throw down a filthy dunk to provide a morale boost:
One silver lining the Magic can take away from Monday’s loss is the tremendous play of Aaron Gordon. After a lackluster rookie campaign, the raw big man will hope to be more of a force in Year 2. Gordon strutted his stuff against OKC with 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress.com noticed how Gordon has upgraded his offensive arsenal:
Magic assistant coach Monte Mathis spoke glowingly about the 19-year-old, per NBA.com’s John Denton:
First and foremost, he’s an unbelievable person and that goes hand-in-hand with how he works. (Gordon’s) work ethic is one of the best that I’ve seen and I’ve been around (Dallas Mavericks superstar) Dirk Nowitzki for 10 years. And that (Gordon) kid puts in the time and that’s why he’s going to get better and better.
Promising as Orlando’s young core is even with the exception of Gordon, it seems he is taking the necessary steps to improve his craft. His willingness to play summer league ahead of his second season despite being last year’s No. 4 overall pick is a testament to his rave reviews.
Orlando is evidently buzzing over Gordon—and not just for his athleticism and upside anymore. The talent is starting to shine through in game situations, suggesting he may be in line for a bigger role in 2015-16.
Heat def. Pistons, 78-73
Controversy swirled on draft night when Detroit opted to go with Arizona star Stanley Johnson over fellow Duke freshman phenom Justise Winslow with the No. 8 overall pick. Time will tell who’s better, but Winslow has the last laugh for now.
Winslow led all scorers with 17 points, and although he was just 5-of-15 shooting from the field, he got to the rim almost at will and hit seven of 10 free throws.
In Johnson’s defense, he was far more proficient, netting 14 points on just five field-goal attempts to go with seven rebounds. But Winslow made strides in the Heat’s eyes, per Bleacher Report’s Ethan J. Skolnick:
Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reported what Winslow said afterward about how he and Johnson embrace their budding rivalry:
For the moments the game’s two headliners had, each squad had balanced scoring efforts. Pistons guard Spencer Dinwiddie pitched in 11 points and four assists, while Heat center Willie Reed had 13 points, 11 rebounds and committed just two fouls.
Miami has improved to 3-0 and has to like what it’s seen from Winslow, whose slide in the draft appears most fortuitous. The Heat will take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday to try to keep their perfect record intact.
Dinwiddie’s stellar outing has to be encouraging for Detroit. The former Colorado star is still trying to establish himself since a torn ACL cut his final college season short but also has Reggie Jackson and Brandon Jennings to clear on the Pistons’ depth chart.
The event was supposed to take place on July 14, but now that the venue needs to be changed, its unclear where and when the charity game will actually happen.
The sports authority decided to abandon Mr. Trump because proceeds from its classic actually go towards the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund which donates money to medical research funds specifically for minorities… So we see where a relationship with Donald could prove to be inappropriate.
Is there anyone out there who isn’t jumping from S.S. Trump??
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Ferragamo makes beautiful bags that we cover often, but if you are a shoe lover as well, you might already know that Ferragamo makes great, comfortable shoes. If you ask anyone in the know to recommend a luxury shoe that is won’t kill your feet, you will inevitably hear Ferragamo; that goes for the men’s shoes as well.
Instead of Man Bag Monday, this is Man Shoe Monday, and we’re bringing you news of Ferragamo’s launch of the Made To Order Driver, an exclusive customization program which allows personalization of the iconic men’s shoe. Ferragamo takes it to the next level, offering customers the chance to create their own version, with over 100 combinations consisting of upper body, unique sole construction and hallmark Gancio metal hardware.
You can choose from Crocodile, Ostrich, Condor Calf and Suede Mink, plus countless colors for the body and sole of the shoe. There are also options for the Gancio ornament on the shoes, as well the option to finish off your shoe with personalized lettering options.
Vlad got his own pair of Ferragamo Drivers in grey suede with blue accents, which combines two of his favorite colors. I joined his photo with one of my favorite Ferragamo bags of all time, the Fiamma, in a Mini size along with Ferragamo Platform Wedge Sandals.
You can follow the campaign and those who have already personalized their shoes with #FerragamoEscape on social media. The MTO Driver customization is now available on Driver.Ferragamo.com.
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