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2015 NBA Summer League: Big Ten Day 3 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 3.

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 3 Stats

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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.

Though he has been a bit quiet so far in the Summer League, former Michigan big man Mitch McGary showed up in force in Day 3 of the Summer League.  He finished with 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists, and really had his best performance so far in Orlando.  McGary is hoping to take this momentum into next season for the Thunder, which could be a huge addition to Oklahoma City's superstar lineup.

The only other player to really put up a big game was former Spartan guard Keith Appling, who had another really good game in Orlando.  He is putting together a nice run of games so far and is really solidifying his position heading into next season.  Appling certainly won't get star status, but if he can maintain a respectable deal on an NBA roster, that's nothing to be disappointed about.

There was also one more significant note on the afternoon.

After seeing no time with the Charlotte Hornets in the Orlando Summer League, Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross have both moved on to other teams that will be competing in Las Vegas.  Craft has struggled with a toe injury and will hope to do better in Vegas.  There will be plenty more opportunities for these two and even some of the other players who have seen limited minutes, but they certainly will look to make an impact sooner rather than later.