The Indiana Pacers tipped off Orlando Pro Summer League play in impressive fashion, blowing out the Orlando Blue 93-66. A tight game early quickly shifted in Indiana's favor as the Pacers shot 57.4% on the game, going 13-22 from three point range, while the Blue had just four three pointers, shooting 33.7% as a team. The shooting helped Indiana overcome a staggering 28 turnovers, but it was in most areas a successful start to Summer League, especially with the names the Pacers are expecting production from.
Joe Young was the leader today for Indiana's Summer League stars, scoring 22 points on 8-12 shooting with five three pointers. Young still looks a bit off as a point guard, committing a team high five turnovers, but was lethal shooting, especially from the corner three. Young was hurt on a ferocious dunk, but would remain in the game.
Young was a bit stiff after the fall, but seemed to loosen up towards the end of the game. As impressive as Young was, however, the play of Georges Niang raised plenty of eyebrows. Niang showcased his versatility fro the Pacers, scoring 17 points and pulling in a game high 12 rebounds and a team high five assists. Niang's game is as crafty as advertised, a Luis Scola-type with range on display, hitting 3-4 from deep. He also had four offensive rebounds in a game the Pacers dominated in second chance opportunities.
Glenn Robinson III meanwhile scored 16 points on 6-13 shooting with eight rebounds, looking good defensively, coming away with a team high three steals. Robinson's jumper came and went as the game continued, but he took advantage of his positive looks to knock down a pair of threes., even coming up with his own impressive dunk.
The roster bigs of Rakeem Christmas and Shayne Whittington each reached double figures with 10, showcasing different aspects of their games. Christmas was a force inside, going 5-6 from the floor with seven rebounds and two blocks while Whittington came on late to get to 10, including a three pointer of his own.
Overall, the play of the roster players was nothing short of impressive, but as Summer League continues, it will be interesting to see how guys like Christmas and Whittington will look to separate themselves among the 15 man roster. While no one else on this roster is expected to be on the team when the regular season starts, Nate Wolters showcased positive play with nine points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Scotty Hopson (six points) and Dyshawn Pierre (three points) also reached the scoreboard to help Indiana not only win the game, but sweep the Blue in the process. The Orlando Pro Summer League awards one point for quarter wins, and four points for game wins, and the Pacers came away with wins in all four quarters.
The Pacers will be back in action tomorrow when they play the Charlotte Hornets at 1:00 p.m.