Given the program’s recent success sending talent to the NBA, there were several Syracuse Orange players participating in this year’s Summer League. From July 1-11, the league’s youngest pros and hopefuls competed in Orlando, Utah and Las Vegas, respectively.
So how did the former SU players do? Here’s a rundown of everyone’s performances:
Rakeem Christmas, Indiana Pacers
Christmas was placed on waivers after two games in Orlando, but before that, he did put up 6.5 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds, two blocks and one steal per game.
Michael Gbinije, Detroit Pistons
Gbinije played nearly 30 minutes per game, but that really didn’t result in much production, unfortunately. He shot just 9-of-34 in five games, scoring just 7.2 points per game. That percentage isn’t great, and won’t help him make the case on his future with Detroit.
Kris Joseph, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets took a flier out on Joseph, and he actually did reasonably well. Over five games in Orlando, he scored 6.6 points on 38 percent shooting. Not excellent accuracy, but perhaps enough to earn a G-League contract on.
Tyler Lydon, Denver Nuggets
Lydon was another former SU player that struggled from the field during Summer League this year. In three games in Vegas, he scored just 3.7 points per game on 26.7 percent shooting. He also chipped in nearly four rebounds per game. None of that’s great, unfortunately. But he’s also on a guaranteed contract.
Chris McCullough, Washington Wizards
McCullough wasn’t used much with the Wiz after coming over in a trade from the Nets. However, he made up for it in Vegas. He scored 8.3 points and collected seven rebounds per game (in three contests). That’s a pretty steady clip for just over 25 minutes per.
Malachi Richardson, Sacramento Kings
In one game, he scored eight points and added three rebounds. Not the type of output he needed given an injury-plagued rookie year.
Tyler Roberson, Milwaukee Bucks
Zero points in zero minutes — strange call to add him and not play him, Bucks.
James Southerland, Utah Jazz
Just 0-for-2 from the field in one game. He turns his focus to Boeheim’s Army now.
Andrew White III, Cleveland Cavaliers
White might have played better than any former Syracuse player in Summer League. In just eight minutes per game, he scored 5.7 on 46 percent shooting. His primary skill set is shooting, and he certainly delivered for Cleveland this month.