No. 1 pick Ben Simmons makes Summer League debut
A look at some of the highlights from the five games on the schedule Monday at the Orlando Summer League and Utah Jazz Summer League:
NO. 1 DEBUT
No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons made his NBA debut in Salt Lake City. He finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists in just under 24 minutes of play. He left the game in the fourth quarter with the help of two teammates after cramps in both calves forced him off the floor. Simmons said he just needs to drink more fluids and thought not having played 5 on 5 in about four months contributed. Previously, Simmons showed the vision and playmaking ability in his 6-foot-10, 240-pound frame that has placed superstar expectations on his shoulders.
No 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown also made his debut as the Celtics faced the 76ers. He and Simmons started the game matched up against each other. Whereas Simmons' vision immediately stood out, Brown's raw athleticism was evident. He finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists in the Celtics' 102-94 victory. He shot 2 for 7 from the field, but knocked down 11 of 17 free throw attempts as he regularly attacked the rim despite the presences of one or more defenders.
Mavericks guard Vander Blue and Thunder gurad Semaj Christon tied as the high scorers of the day in Orlando with 23 apiece. Christon shot 4 for 15 from the floor, but was 14 for 18 from the free throw line. Blue was 7 for 13 with a pair of triples. Christon's six assists also led all players in Orlando on Monday.
SALT LAKE CITY HIGHS
Spurs second-year forward Kyle Anderson had the line of the night in Salt Lake City with a session-high 25 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Jazz second-year forward Trey Lyles had the lone double-double of the two games with 13 points and 12 rebounds. He shot just 4 for 14 from the field, though.
IN THE D
The Pistons improved to 2-0 with a 73-68 win over the Magic Blue team. It wasn't the same type of 32-point victory that came against the Knicks, but Lorenzo Brown led the way with 19 points. Second-year player Stanley Johnson shot just 2-for-14 from the field and finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and one assist.
Boston was the lone team to crack 100 points in any of the five games Monday. That was helped with five different players scoring in double figures. Terry Rozier scored a game-high 18 and second-year guard R.J. Hunter added 17. Brown scored 16 while Malcolm Miller added 14 and Ben Bentil chipped in 11.
''He sees everything,'' 76ers Summer League coach Billy Lange said of Ben Simmons. ''One time we asked him why he didn't throw a lob. He said, `I'm just not used to throwing it with guys that can catch it.' We said, well get used to it. We've got guys that will go up there and get it.
''He sees a lot. He sees lot.''
The Magic Blue team faces the Heat in Orlando while the Clippers play the Knicks and the Pistons take on the Pacers. In Salt Lake City, The 76ers tip off against the Spurs and the Celtics play the Jazz.