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2015 NBA Summer League: Big Ten Day 7 Stats, Recap, and Analysis

The 2015 NBA Summer League is in full swing with a boatload of former Big Ten players in action.

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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 and these games will have a large impact on how many players from the Big Ten make 2015-16 NBA rosters.  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 7.

We detailed the full Summer League rosters and now we are going to be following those players during their games this summer.

2015 NBA Summer League Day 7 Stats:

Player

Team

Mins

Pts

Rebs

Asts

Blks

Stls

Keith Appling

Orlando Magic

37

15

0

6

0

2

Jared Berggren

Detroit Pistons

23

4

5

0

0

0

Aaron Craft

Golden State Warriors

26

9

3

7

0

1

Drew Crawford

Toronto Raptors

18

11

2

0

0

0

Sam Dekker

Houston Rockets

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Duje Dukan

Sacramento Kings

17

11

3

0

0

1

Nnanna Egwu

Orlando Magic

19

11

11

2

3

1

Josh Gasser

Brooklyn Nets

36

3

4

1

0

1

Gary Harris

Denver Nuggets

25

15

4

3

0

1

Austin Hollins

Brooklyn Nets

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Frank Kaminsky

Charlotte Hornets

32

19

6

2

0

0

Devyn Marble

Orlando Magic

20

7

4

3

0

1

Jordan Morgan

Minnesota Timberwolves

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Jon Octeus

Indiana Pacers

32

11

5

3

0

4

Gabriel Olaseni

Miami Heat

23

8

5

2

1

0

Adreian Payne

Minnesota Timberwolves

30

10

9

2

0

1

Terran Petteway

Atlanta Hawks

21

11

2

2

1

1

Glenn Robinson III

Atlanta Hawks

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

D'Angelo Russell

Los Angeles Lakers

26

8

5

6

0

3

Will Sheehey

New Orleans Pelicans

19

6

2

0

0

1

John Shurna

Cleveland Cavaliers

19

9

6

3

1

0

Lenzelle Smith, Jr.

Orlando Magic

21

6

6

3

1

0

Sam Thompson

Minnesota Timberwolves

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Travis Trice

Miami Heat

DNP

--

--

--

--

--

Maurice Walker

Orlando Magic

15

10

3

1

1

0

Christian Watford

Indiana Pacers

24

7

10

4

2

2

DJ White

Cleveland Cavaliers

18

8

3

0

1

1

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Thoughts

Once again, 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 and as such, you really have to evaluate these games differently.  Players aren't going to run into a LeBron or Durant in these games.  Fans can still get an idea of how players are progressing, but the level of competition and seriousness of these games are definitely different than what takes place in a normal NBA game.  FYI, this first paragraph is going to run on each one of these recaps just as a general reminder about the significance of the Summer League.

As is pretty obvious from the chart, it was a huge day for not only the Big Ten, but the entire Summer League.  In terms of games, leagues, and players in the Summer League, this was the biggest day and a total of 27 players from the Big Ten were on rosters for teams in action.  As noted in some of the earlier daily recaps, things will now start trending down with the conclusion of play in the Orlando and Utah summer leagues.

Two of the players who had solid performances on Friday to conclude successful performances in the Orlando Summer League were Keith Appling and Frank Kaminsky.  Both are in much different situations, but the raw production for both has been good and it's hard not to think that they have raised their stock heading into the rest of the offseason and the fall.  Appling is looking to secure a roster spot and Kaminsky is looking to begin what could potentially be an NBA Rookie of the Year bid.

A few other notable former Big Ten players started their play on Friday including Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, and D'Angelo Russell.  All three had big games and Russell had a very diverse game for what many expected, amassing 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.  Russell certainly still has a lot of room to grow, but his diverse play definitely got some Laker fans excited.  The two Spartans also showed that they could be set for improvement in year two of their respective NBA careers.