The Charlotte Hornets are at it again, this time taking on the Memphis Grizzles on Day two of 2015 Orlando Summer League. Yesterday, the team lost a close game to the Thunder 76-74, but rookie Frank Kaminsky used a 15 point third quarter to finish with 19 points and 12 rebounds in his summer league debut. With a solid debut behind him, the next step is whether Kaminsky can string two strong performances in a row.
The Grizzles beat the Brooklyn Nets yesterday, with Jordan Adams, their first round pick from the 2014 draft, leading the way with 20 points and five rebounds. Jarnell Stokes also added 16 points and seven rebounds.
Memphis doesn't have a lot of high profile players on their summer league roster. They only have one player taken in this year's draft, Andrew Harrison (the other one), who they took in the second round. Harrison finished with eight points and three rebounds yesterday. Other recognizable names include Russ Smith, who played on Louisville's national championship team, and Okaro White, who was a four year player at Florida State.
The Hornets had no trouble getting the big three of Kaminsky, PJ Hairston, and Troy Daniels involved yesterday, but neither Hairston or Daniels really shined aside from a few instances. Both were gunning from outside, but their shot selection was questionable at times. Both players should be taking the majority of the team's shots, but it would be nice to see both take higher percentage shots instead of launching up shots because they have a hint of open space. In other words, they should find shots through the offense, rather than on their own.
One side note: Rick Bonnell mentioned Aaron Craft didn't play yesterday due to a "nagging toe injury," otherwise, he would have played plenty yesterday. It's unclear if he is available to play today, but if he can go, it will be interesting to see how he has improved since last summer when he played in both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues.