The NBA Finals are over, the NBA Draft has passed and free agency is in full swing. Now, basketball action is already starting back up again with Orlando Summer League play underway. Here's a roundup of the first half of action from Sunday.
Jones leads Rockets, Carter-Williams shows promise
Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones' potential has always shown in these situations. At Kentucky, he impressed in team scrimmages but couldn't play with the same dominance in games. Entering his second season with the Houston Rockets, Jones again showed his potential in the first NBA Orlando Summer League game Sunday.
Jones scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Rockets beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 88-80. He was an efficient 9-for-13 from the floor and got help from Patrick Beverley, who scored 10 points and added six assists.
Philadelphia was led by Michael Carter-Williams, who scored 26 points and added eight assists. The rookie from Syracuse did, however, struggle with turnovers, giving up the ball nine times. He also could improve from an efficiency perspective after going 8-for-23 from the floor. At the same time, Carter-Williams' aggressiveness showed in the box score by getting to the foul stripe 11 times in 34 minutes.
In general, both the Rockets and 76ers got off to an ugly start. Neither team shot above 42 percent from the field.
Balanced Magic drop Celtics
The setting makes it common for many summer league squads to succeed with one or two players gunning and taking advantage of having the ball in their hands for much of the time. But with a number of talented NBA youngsters the Orlando Magic aren't among those teams.
The Magic beat the Boston Celtics, 95-88, on Sunday in the first game of summer league action, and six players scored in double figures.
Second overall pick Victor Oladipo led Orlando with 18 points, five steals and seven assists, but he had plenty of help from Maurice Harkless, Kyle O'Quinn, Romero Osby, Doron Lamb and Rodney McGruder. Oladipo showed his defensive potential but more surprisingly showed an improved range and consistency on his jumper.
For the Celtics, 13th overall draft pick Kelly Olynyk led the way with 25 points and hit 9-of-12 attempts, including two three-pointers. 2013 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Tony Mitchell added 16 points for Boston.
Trey Burke struggles while Utah Jazz beat Miami Heat
Dionte Christmas' 14 points led the Utah Jazz summer league team to a 69-59 victory over the Miami Heat.
Ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft Trey Burke struggled in his debut in Summer League. He went only 1-for-12 from the field, missed all four of his three-point field goal attempts and had two turnovers. Burke finished with eight points, five assists and seven rebounds.
Ian Clark had a team-high 15 points for the Heat, making three of his four three-point field goal attempts. James Ennis -- the Heat's only draft pick from 2013 -- scored 11 points while shooting just 2-for-7. Myck Kabongo missed all four of his field goals but had four assists.
7'1 big man Rudy Gobert had six points, four rebounds and three blocked shots for the Jazz.