Arizona’s most recent NBA draft picks started off the NBA summer league in Orlando playing against one another. Jerrett’s team may have come away with the victory and winning Orlando’s NBA summer league championship in the end, but Solomon Hill earned the most respect. Solomon led the Indiana Pacers summer league team in minutes played (28.4), averaged 5.2 rebounds (2nd most on the team), 2.6 assists (3rd most on the team), and 12.0 points a game (2nd most on the team) over 5 games (all in which he started). He went to work as we have seen him do over his fours years here at Arizona and stuff the stat sheet each day. His versatility is what caught Indiana’s eye in the first place to draft him 23rd overall and he didn’t disappoint in his first appearance for the franchise. Hill worked well to keep in front of his defenders and contest most shots, even when he faced a bigger opponent. He fought hard for position on rebounds at both ends and did well to take his man off the dribble getting to the rim as we have come accustomed to seeing over recent years at McKale. If he can continue to give the Pacers a little bit of everything when on the court, he will provide much needed bench play for Indiana.
While Hill is looking at fighting for minutes on a playoff contender, his former teammate Grant Jerrett is fighting to earn a spot with the Oklahoma City Thunder. His showing in Orlando was also a good one as he played 4 out of the 5 games played by Oklahoma City and started all 4 in which he played. He averaged 28.5 minutes, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 10.8 points a game (all of which were in the top 5 on the team). His team was definitely one of the more talented bunches in the summer league, with Jeremy Lamb stealing the show. Grant was able to show off his shooting touch; shooting 48.5% from the field and 50% from long range, showing he can be a good stretch four in the league (which is the intention). On defense he was able to hold his own with his skinny frame, but at times was bullied down low when bigger and stronger opponents came in determined. His free throw percentage was sub-par at best only shooting 50%, which is surprising. Today Oklahoma City signed both rookies Steven Adams and Andre Robertson, it remains to be seen whether Grant will get a contract.