The Summer League is in full swing and there are a bunch of former Big Ten players in action. Though this is not an NBA site, many of these former Big Ten players are fighting for a roster position in the Summer League. Success in the pros is highly related to a program's success, which makes the Summer League highly relevant for many of the programs in the Big Ten. Here are some of the highlights from Day 3.
We detailed the full Summer League rosters last week and now we are going to be following those players during their games this summer. Here are the highlights so far:
With that, let's take a look at how the Big Ten performed on Day Four of the Summer League.
2014 NBA Summer League Day 4 Stats
- Brian Cook - Illinois
- Game 3 - DNP
- David Lighty - Ohio State
- Game 3 - 18 mins, 3 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast, 0 blkS, 0 stls
- Christian Watford - Indiana
- Game 3 - 15 mins, 6 pts, 4 rebs, 0 asts, 0 blks, 1 stl
- Chris Kramer - Purdue
- Game 3 - DNP
- Kalin Lucas - Michigan State
- Game 3 - 19 mins, 14 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts, 0 blks, 0 stls
- Roy Devyn Marble - Iowa
- Game 3 - 19 mins, 7 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast, 0 blks, 1 stl
- Victor Oladipo - Indiana
- Game 3 - 24 mins, 11 pts, 7 rebs, 1 ast, 0 blks, 0 stls
- Aaron Craft - Ohio State
- Game 3 - 14 mins, 2 pts, 1 reb, 2 asts, 0 blks, 0 stls
Day Four Thoughts
First, here is my intro I am putting in each of these posts:
"Please insert a "grain of salt" warning with everyone of my statements regarding the Summer League. The competition is much different than your typical NBA regular or postseason game. Frankly, you just aren't going to run into your LeBron or Durant type of players in the Summer League. This means that there are some weaknesses in players that just don't get exposed in these type of scenarios. Having said that, there were a few things worth noting in the first two days of Summer League action."
After my first thought, there is one obvious thing to note tonight. Two players (Brian Cook & Chris Kramer) sat out in their games today, which certainly decreased the Big Ten's impact on Day Four. After that, a little bit of underwhelming guys from Aaron Craft and David Lighty. Neither guy has necessarily put up big numbers so far in the Summer League. Craft has shown his usual defensive prowess, but it will be interesting to see if that's enough to get him serious NBA roster interest.
On the other side, the guy with the big game today was Kalin Lucas. A pretty impressive 14 points in 19 minutes. Roy Devyn Marble and Victor Oladipo also put up big games for the Magic. Right now, Marble has been performing more like a 1st Round pick than where he was selected. If he can keep it up, it just seems hard to imagine him not being on a team next season.