Hornets vs. Kings 2014 Vegas Summer League
When: 6:00 PM ET
Where to Watch: NBA TV
The NBA Summer League is in full swing as the Patrick Ewing led Hornets take their newest additions Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston against the Sacramento Kings Summer League squad.
The Hornet are coming off of a 70-58 loss against the Golden State Warriors in their Vegas Summer opener, but have tonight’s game and another on Monday night to against the New York Knick’s to turn things around.
PG Mickey McConnell
SG P.J. Hairston
SF Jordan Bachynski
PF Noah Vonleh
C Justin Brownlee
PG Ray McCallum
SG Nik Stauskas
SF Ben McLemore
PF Derrick Williams
C Quincy Acy
*(Line ups will probably change)
What to expect
The Hornets freshman had a slow start to their NBA debuts, with both Vonleh and Hairston going a combined 2-19 from the field, but Euro free agent PG Mickey McConnell had an impressive night against the Warrior in scoring 19 points and 4 rebounds against the Warriors.
It’s tough to gauge how summer league team will play night in and night out because of unfamiliar players and chemistry. Sometimes it’s simply better to focus on how dominant a player is against the other rookie and free agent players. In that respect it’s not surprising Vonleh had a bit of a rough first game. It will be interesting to see how Vonleh matches up against another former lottery pick in Derrick Williams who like him can stretch the floor. Hairston’s first game flop is a little bit more of a concern, considering how well he played for a whole season in the NBA D-league. He was a lights out shooter from the NBA three during that time, but couldn’t find the basket very often against the Warriors, going 1-10 from beyond the arc.
Considering how many shooters the Kings have, this game maybe a shoot out. Stauskas and Mclemore will certainly put up a lot of shots, so watch for Hairston and Vonleh to possibly light it up tonight if they can find a rhythm.