Five of the six former Louisville stars participating in this year's NBA Summer Leagues have started action in Utah and Orlando. Let's take a quick spin around the circuit and see how the Cards are representing so far.
Terry Rozier — Celtics
The Celtics got started Monday against the Jazz and fell 100-82 in Salt Lake City. Rozier started alongside Marcus Smart in the backcourt and finished with seven points, five rebounds and two assists in just over 28 minutes. He committed two turnovers and shot 3-for-8 from the field (1-for-3 from 3-point range).
Tuesday, Boston was led by Rozier's 14 points on 4 of 11 shooting in a losing effort against the Sixers. Rozier also played a team-high 28 minutes and added a two rebounds and two assists while starting alongside fellow rookie R.J. Hunter.
Montrezl Harrell — Rockets
Trez and the Rockets get going against the D-League Select squad on Friday.
Wayne Blackshear — Spurs
In a Spurs victory over the Sixers on Monday, Blackshear's Summer League campaign got off to humble beginnings, as he only saw four minutes and some change off the San Antonio bench. He scored three points (all at the free throw line), grabbed a rebound, dished out two assists and was the only Spur off the bench to register a positive number (+12) in the +/- column.
On Tuesday night, Wayne saw just over nine minutes of action and scored two points on 1 of 5 shooting. He added an assist and a rebound in San Antonio's loss to the Jazz in Salt Lake City. Blackshear is confident his ability will translate at the next level, but he faces an uphill battle with the Spurs' loaded roster.
Russ Smith — Grizzlies
Russ has already played in three games in Orlando, and is averaging 14 points, six assists and 2.7 steals in 29 minutes per game. On Tuesday against Peyton Siva's Magic Blue squad, Smith notched his best performance yet, scoring 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting (2 of 3 from 3-point range) and hitting the game-winner in double overtime. Just Russ being Russ. Nothing new to see here. Hopefully his continued development earns him some more minutes in Memphis next season.
Earl Clark — Nets
Clark has also played in three games (two starts) with the Nets in Orlando, and he's averaging five points and 3.3 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game. After finishing their Orlando schedule Thursday, the Nets will head to Vegas for more Summer League action starting on Saturday.
Peyton Siva — Magic
Siva got the start in the Orlando Blues' loss to Smith and the Grizzlies, scoring seven points (2 of 7 shooting) and adding seven assists and four rebounds. The downside to his performance Tuesday was a game-high six turnovers, but he did play 31 minutes. It's good to see Siva getting a deserved shot at sticking around the NBA.