BOZICH | Kuric, Booker, Lyles, Rozier excel in NBA Summer League - WDRB 41 Louisville News

BOZICH | Kuric, Booker, Lyles, Rozier excel in NBA Summer League

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Kyle Kuric shot with ball well from distance in the NBA Summer League Saturday. Kyle Kuric shot with ball well from distance in the NBA Summer League Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – One day this year there will be an evening without basketball.

But today is not that day. Not with eight NBA Summer League games unfolding in Las Vegas Saturday.

It was a Kentuckiana Hoops Festival in Nevada. I should have taken a one-day trip. Players with local connections were on the court all day. Here’s a rundown of how guys from Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana performed.

LOUISVILLE

Kyle Kuric, Phoenix – It’s been four seasons since Kuric finished at Louisville, but he still has a shooter’s chance of making it to The Association. He scored nine points, making three of five shots from distance in more than 19 minutes. Those were his only field goal attempts. Best of all, Kuric looked healthy after his injury scare in Spain last winter.

Russ Smith, Portland – At minimum, Russdiculous is trying to earn an invitation to training camp with Rip City, which is looking for backcourt reserves. Credit Smith with 11 points without a turnover or assist in 19 minutes. He can do better.

Trey Lewis, Cleveland – A courtesy invitation to a hometown kid. Lewis failed to score in more than six minutes. His future is overseas.

Terry Rozier, Boston – He was great with the Celtics’ team in Salt Lake City and he’s played well in Vegas, too. Credit Rozier with 13 points, 5 boards and 3 steals in about 29 minutes.

Chane Behanan, Dallas -- His five points and five rebounds sound better after you realize that he did that in only nine minutes. 

Damion Lee, Miami -- It wasn't his night for solid exposure. Two minutes played. Nothing else on his box score line. 

KENTUCKY

Devin Booker, Phoenix – What’s a guy who made the NBA all-rookie first team doing in the summer league? Having a blast getting reacquainted with Tyler Ulis, his former sidekick at UK. Credit Booker with 28 points, 8 rebounds and  6 assists.

Tyler Ulis, Phoenix – No signs of any health issues as Ulis contributed 11 points and 7 assists with only one turnover in 27 minutes. He did not attempt any three-point shots.

James Young, Boston – You have to believe the clock is ticking on Young’s time in Boston, where he has been mostly ineffective for two seasons. He had 3 points in  nearly 20 minutes.

Trey Lyles, Utah – You have to believe Lyles is on his way to big things with the Jazz. He’s played well this summer – and did it against Saturday, scoring 28 points with 5 rebounds and 2 steal in 33 minutes. Lyles attacked the basket, earning a dozen free throws (and making 11).

Jamal Murray, Denver – Not a dazzling night for Murray, who missed nine of 11 shots, including all three from distance. He finished with 6 points in 24 minutes, turning the ball over five times.

Andrew Harrison, Memphis – After a season in the D-League, Harrison is trying to earn a spot on the Grizzlies’ bench. He scored six points in 19 minutes – with three assists and a pair of turnovers.

INDIANA

Troy Williams, Phoenix – Not a great day for Williams. He was scoreless and missed his only shot in about 5 minutes. Look for him in the Developmental League or Europe.

Noah Vonleh, Portland – There aren’t many guys who return for a third trip through the Summer League, but Vonleh is still working on establishing himself with the Trailblazers. He had 12 points and 11 rebounds in more than 30 minutes.

Yogi Ferrell, Brooklyn – He’s behind Isaiah Whitehead and Sean Kilpatrick in the Nets’ rotation in Vegas. But credit Ferrell with 7 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in less than 20 minutes. He didn’t shoot the ball well, making only one of six shots from distance. (Whitehead, meanwhile, scored 10 points, but turned it over seven times.)

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