The Charlotte Hornets got big performances out of Aaron Harrison and Troy Daniels in their first win of Orlando Summer League over the Brooklyn Nets. It was an ugly game with very little scoring, so any flashes on offense were a welcome site in a game that perfectly defines summer league basketball.
"I thought we rebounded well" said Patrick Ewing following the game. The Hornets led the Nets 52 rebounds to 35, and that very well might have been what gave them the edge. Troy Daniels in particular shocked everybody by pulling down 14, an unprecedented number for a guard, and a huge shocker from a guy known for standing on the perimeter bombing from 3-point range.
Of course, Daniels also did his fair share of 3-point shooting. He finished the game 4-for-6 from 3-point range, and led all scorers with 16 points. A huge turn around from his first game of summer league that largely disappointed.
"As a shooter, you have to have short term memory. You can't think of what you were doing last week, or the day before. You just have to worry about what's happening now."
That mindset may be what led to Aaron Harrison finally hitting a 3-pointer, and managing to play well despite a poor shooting performance overall. He made up for the shooting with six rebounds, four assists, and a control on offense that isn't always seen from summer league point guards.
Meanwhile, Frank Kaminsky found himself being just another player out there. He didn't assert himself on offense, and his defense wasn't really bad or good. He was definitely letting the game come to him, which isn't always a bad thing, but Ewing said post game that he wanted to draw up some more stuff for Kaminsky. Clearly getting him involved more on offense is a goal for the offseason.
One final fact that fans should take note of, P.J. Hairston left the game with a left shoulder contusion and didn't come back. His summer league is likely over as there's no point to risking further injury to an unguaranteed contract.