Nov 19, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson (13) and forward Aaron Gordon (11) wait to enter the game during the first half against the Rhode Island Rams at McKale Center. The Wildcats beat the Rams 87-59. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson provide top plays in NBA Summer League debuts


It didn’t take long for former Arizona Wildcats Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson to start making headlines in the NBA. Yesterday was the start of the NBA Summer League, which showcased the developing prospects of a handful of NBA teams. Among those teams were the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.

Aaron Gordon and the Orlando Magic started things off against the Philadelphia 76ers, where he finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block and 1 rebound in an 83-77 win. Unfortunately that came with a 27.3 shooting percentage and 4 turnovers. All in all, it was a pretty good showing for the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and #4 pick in the NBA Draft. Aaron Gordon had a few highlight plays, one of which taught us that swatting the ball is overrated. Check out his block below.

Later in the day, Nick Johnson stole the show for the Houston Rockets. In a 95-89 loss against the Detroit Pistons, Johnson recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block in a team leading 30 minutes. Much like Gordon, many believed Johnson was stuck in between positions. However Johnson proved to be efficient when running through the offense as the one and two guard. If Johnson’s stat line doesn’t impress you, check out his dunk over 6-11 center Tim Ohlbrecht. Just one of the few reasons he was named Pac-12 Player of the year.


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