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2015 NBA Summer League: Big Ten Day 1 Stats, Recap, and Analysis

The 2014 NBA Summer League is in full swing with a boatload of former Big Ten players in action.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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 1.

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 One Stats

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First, 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.

How about Frank Kaminsky?  The former Wisconsin big man was incredibly good in his first game.  Not only did he put a double-double together in his first game, but he was consistently a mismatch for other teams and often gave former Michigan big man Mitch McGary trouble on the defensive end.

A few of the other guys to stand out where Keith Appling, Devyn Marble, and Branden Dawson.  All three of these guys played major minutes in their games and all scored double-digits and Dawson actually put together a double-double.  This is also great news for all three as they are still fighting to show they should be in the NBA long-term.

As a final note, there were four former Big Ten players on teams that played yesterday that did not see the court.  These were Aaron Craft, DJ Newbill, LaQuinton Ross, and Maurice Walker.  This is certainly not great news on its face and should raise a little concern, but the one thing to keep in mind is that these games have a lot of back-to-back games and teams often like to rest a guy or two.  If another game passes for these players and they don't see the court, that's when fans should get concerned.