When are the games?
The Indiana Pacers Summer League roster, headed by assistant coach Popeye Jones, will head to former head coach Frank Vogel's new hometown on Saturday, July 2 for the Orlando Pro Summer League with the following schedule:
According to Nate Taylor of the Indy Star, Joe Young, Rakeem Christmas, and Glenn Robinson III (along with Myles Turner) stayed after pre-draft workouts at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to go through "individual" and "team-oriented" drills. Given the recent historical emphasis the team's brass placed on Solomon Hill's (underwhelming) Summer League performance, these training sessions, along with the time Shayne Whittington has reportedly spent in town, will likely serve the Blue & Gold's developing talent well ahead of next Saturday.
What's worth keeping a lookout for?
In the field of fourteen, five names stand out as players to keep a watchful eye on. Here's why:
Joe Young: During his brief stint with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Young averaged 24.3 points; however, he recorded more turnovers (10) than assists (6). While in Orlando, the 2015 second-round draft pick needs to demonstrate that his run of the floor and ability to pass out of the pick-and-roll can be on par with his scoring ability.
Glenn Robinson III: The Third has a knack for finding openings off cuts, and his athleticism allows him to run in front of the break in transition (which can make for a slew of highlight worthy finishes), but the soon-to-be third-year player still needs to know where and when to pick his spots on offense and his defensive awareness is sketchy. Can he prove himself ready to take on more minutes at the wing with Chase Budinger out of the way and Solomon Hill likely on his way out?
Rakeem Christmas: The 6-foot-9 power forward, who joined the Blue & Gold's roster post-Summer League last offseason, needs to make the case that his conversion rate from mid-range (33.3%) can compensate for his slighter stature. Or, will he continue on as a post-heavy, undersized center held back by his undersized frame?
Shayne Whittington: After improving his three-point conversion rate to 38 percent by the final full month of the D-League season, look to see if Shayne Whittington's efforts to consistently knock down shots from beyond the arc will be on full display as the 6-foot-11 big man tries to stick in a league increasingly defined by pace and space.
Georges Niang: The former Iowa State Cyclone's ability to shoot out of the pick-and-pop and make quick decisions resulted in him averaging 20.5 points on 54 percent shooting as a senior. Will the tweener's potential versatility as a playmaker translate against NBA-level competition, or will his lack of athleticism win out? Is he or Shayne Whittington better suited as an emergency stretch-four option off the bench?