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Syracuse in NBA Summer League: Gbinije Injured, Onuaku Shines

Former Syracuse players vie for roster spots over the next few weeks.

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Let's see what our former Syracuse Orange are up to in the NBA Summer League so far...

Michael Gbinije

Of course, the biggest Syracuse-related news out of the summer league so far is the injury of Michael Gbinije. Gbinije rolled his ankle after stepping on a teammates in foot in practice Sunday, and then on Monday the Pistons ruled him out for the rest of the summer. In his one appearance he posted a stat line of 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. All of his points came in the second half.

The injury obviously significantly hurts the chances of Gbinije making the Pistons, but it's not like his NBA hopes are done for. He'll still play in the Pistons' training camp in the fall, and Detroit still wants to get a better feel of what the former Syracuse point guard can bring to the NBA level. It's only a sprained ankle, so there shouldn't be much concerns of the injury hurting him long-term.

Arinze Onuaku

Onuaku is back on the summer league courts in 2016, this time with the Orlando Magic. The 28-year-old unrestricted free agent is looking to impress both NBA and international teams, and he's off to a good start. Onuaku scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds against the Magic in just 18 minutes Monday. On Friday, he scored 16 points to go with eight rebounds in 24 minutes against Charlotte. Onuaku has been to three D-League all-star games and last played in the NBA with Minnesota in the 2014-2015 season.

Malachi Richardson

Malachi is now officially a Sacramento King after his draft-day trade with the Bobcats went through last Friday.  He'll play his first game in Kings' gear this Friday against the Raptors in the Las Vegas summer league. As a first round pick Richardson has already guaranteed his contract, so he can focus on establishing himself as the scorer Sacramento needed when it traded for him.

Rakeem Christmas

Christmas only played in one game with the Pacers last season, but the second-year big man is back with Indiana trying to earn a roster spot this summer. Christmas scored four points and pulled in four rebounds in a very precise 17 minutes and 37 seconds Sunday against the Hornets, but he also turned the ball over three times. He'll play Tuesday against the Gbinije-less Pistons.

Other former Orangemen fighting for attention in the summer league include the Nets' Chris McCullough and the Wizards' James Southerland. Both have yet to make their debuts, and both will do so Saturday in the Las Vegas summer league.