Day Five of the Orlando Pro Summer League is in the books; heck, the whole league is in the books now. Let’s take a look back at some of today’s superlatives.
Best Individual Performance: Derrick Favors, New Jersey Nets.
From yesterday’s most disappointing to today’s most outstanding, Favors truly went from nothing to something. The third overall pick needed only 28 minutes to tally 23 points and 11 boards today; in the first four games, he had 30 points and 23 rebounds in 109 minutes. Talk about productivity! The athletic big man shows promise, especially if paired with a point guard who can find him under the rim.
Honorable mentions: Paul Davis, Orlando Magic; Mustafa Shakur, Oklahoma City Thunder.
Breakout Performance: Sherron Collins, Charlotte Bobcats.
Collins had the best offensive output of the entire week today, scoring 32 points and draining seven three-point field goals in the Bobcats’ loss to the Magic. His late treys kept Charlotte in the game. Collins’ shooting form is solid, and it should keep him on the fringe of the NBA. He’ll get plenty of chances to break through.
Honorable mentions: Jeremy Evans, Utah Jazz; Stanley Robinson, Orlando Magic.
Most Disappointing Performance: James Harden, Thunder.
Harden’s good enough to dominate this league, and he did for long stretches earlier this week. In a token 17 minutes today, he scored 11 points, which is nice. But on 12 shots. He was not at all interested in this game, but the Thunder didn’t really need him, beating the Pacers by a 77-73 final.
Honorable mentions: Alexis Ajinca, Bobcats; Othyus Jeffers, Jazz.