LAS VEGAS, NV – Kicking off their Summer League action, former Wildcats Bennedict Mathurin and Dalen Terry shined in their NBA debuts.
The NBA Summer League is back in action, and for former Wildcats Bennedict Mathurin and Dalen Terry, that meant that the two were finally able to debut with their respective teams.
Both first-round draft picks, the two have received plenty of hype over the past several weeks and especially as they entered Friday’s action.
Competing against fellow draft picks, undrafted free agents, and other NBA hopefuls, Dalen and Bennedict both shined, making strong cases to be key role players or possibly even starters this season.
Bennedict Mathurin and Dalen Terry got their first crack at NBA action, and overall, it went swimmingly as both shined in Las Vegas.
Donning the No. 25 for the Chicago Bulls and getting the start, the No. 18 overall pick showed fans in attendance, just exactly why many teams fell in love with him.
Bringing tenacity and energy, Terry’s athleticism and work ethic were on full display as the Bulls took on the Dallas Mavericks.
Logging 31 minutes, Dalen would finish his day with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. He would also register a key block in this one before fouling out. Overall, it was a successful debut as Terry helped fuel the Bulls to a 100-99 win.
Suiting up for the Pacers in his highly anticipated debut, the No. 6 overall pick showed his value and then some as Indiana took on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday afternoon.
Dazzling fans with his superior athleticism and high-flying dunks like he did in Tucson, Mathurin tantalized those in attendance he finished his day with a game-high 23 points and four rebounds on 9-16 shooting, including 3-6 from three.
Mathurin showcased his skills well and could be a potential candidate for Rookie of the Year if all things continue to go well for him.
Overall, it was the same ‘ol Benn Mathurin that we grew accustomed to this past season as he helped pace Indiana to a 96-84 win.
Gabe York would log 16 minutes but finished his day with 0 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists on 0-2 shooting.
Summer League action will resume on Saturday when Christian Koloko finally takes to the court when the Raptors play the Philadelphia 76ers. That game is set for a 12:30 P.M. (Arizona time) tip-off and will be televised on ESPN 3.
Former Wildcat Brandon Williams will also be in action as he and the Portland Trailblazers face the New Orleans Pelicans at 7:00 P.M. (Arizona time). That game will be televised on ESPN 2.