The final game of the Orlando Summer League was played between the two worst teams this week. The Charlotte Hornets only won one game prior to their win today and it was against the Brooklyn Nets. While the Nets left Orlando with as many wins as they came in with, zero. The Charlotte Hornets clicked throughout the entire game leaving the tournament with a "W" and placing ninth out of ten teams.
The Brooklyn Nets only had a six man rotation. Rookie first round selection Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played all forty minutes and undrafted rookie Ryan Boatright scored a game high 24 points. However, The fatigue never allowed the Nets to get in a rhythm. Whenever they would make a run, Charlotte would answer back.
The trio of P.J. Hairston, Frank Kaminsky, and Aaron Harrison led the way for the Hornets. Each ended the week on a strong note and show glimpses of potential as long as inconsistency isn't an issue. Hairston's athleticism excelled while having 16 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Hairston showed flashes of excellence with his hustle and being able to use his strength to get to the rim. Kaminsky started out slow shooting one for six but came to life in the second half ending with a team high 19 points. He looked extremely comfortable running the break off a defensive rebound. In hopes of a contract, Aaron Harrison played in potentially his last game ending with 15 points.
Although this had pickup game written all over it, the Hornets fought through the fatigue. Their big players stepped up to end the Orlando Summer League strong finishing with a record of 2-3.
With no more Hornets basketball until October, Frank Kaminsky helped ease the draft day woes and can keep Hornet's fans sleeping easy for now. He ended the week averaging 15 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Despite ending his tournament strong, P.J. Hairston's inconsistency, especially from 3-point land, showed through. Troy Daniels came to play all week averaging 13.5 points per game and shooting over 50 percent from behind the arc. Lastly, will Aaron Harrison land a roster spot? With newly signed Jeremy Lin, this could of been the last time we see him in a Hornet's jersey.