After a slow start to the Las Vegas Summer League, Troy Williams came on like gangbusters for the Phoenix Suns the past few days. Williams' play highlights the results of several former Hoosiers who are working to make an NBA team or improve their role for the upcoming season.
Summer league play is now over for all the four former Indiana players competing.
Here's our recap beginning with Williams. His summer league experience ended last night with the Suns loss to Minnesota in the Vegas league semifinals. It was his most productive game as the former Hoosier led all Suns scorers with 24 points.
Player: Troy Williams
Team (League): Phoenix Suns (Las Vegas)
Games played: 6
Average minutes: 22.2
Stats: 12.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.3 apg, 1.5 topg, 54.3 FG%, 26.3 3FG%, 79.2 FT% Full NBA.com stat line
Best game: While he had 24 in Sunday semifinals, Williams was more efficient on Saturday when he had 22 points including 9-for-15 FG, 2-for-5 3FG, three steals and six boards in 32 minutes.
Comments: After a scoreless opener when he played just five minutes, Williams saw his minutes and production rise significantly each of the next five games. His turnover issue did not rear itself until last night but more than made up for it with his driving that saw him earn 15 free throw attempts (he missed just one). Would be a big surprise if he doesn't get an invite to the Suns fall training camp.
Player: Yogi Ferrell
Games played: 4
Average minutes: 17.0
Stats: 8.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.3 topg, 43.8 FG%, 18.2 3FG%, 71.4 FT% Full NBA.com stat line
Best game: Last Thursday in 14 minutes he was 4-for-5 from the floor and h ad nine points in just 14 minutes
Comments: Not a lot of time for Ferrell as the Nets were seemingly looking to see if draft pick Isaiah Whitehead could handle the point position. In addition this team had Josh Magette, the NBDL's leading assist guy last season. Magette did post better assist to turnover numbers than Ferrell but he's a 26-year old veteran pro. Ferrell did have his moments including a stretch with three great drives in his final game on Saturday. Given that and his partially guaranteed contract, a fall training camp invite should be a foregone conclusion. Making the roster will be tough, especially with the recent Randy Foye signing by the Nets
Player: Noah Vonleh
Team (League): Portland (Las Vegas)
Games played: 4
Average minutes: 31.5
Stats: 12.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.8 topg, 46.3 FG%, 23.1 3FG%, 70.0 FT% Full NBA.com stat line
Best game: On July 10 he had 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting including 1-for-2 on threes and pulled down 12 boards in 33 minutes.
Comments: Unlike the other former Hoosiers, Vonleh is not worried about making a roster spot. He didn't get to play much his first season in Charlotte so this upcoming season will be more like his second in the league after playing 15 minutes on average in 78 games last year for the Trail Blazers. Had some turnover issues in Vegas last week and has to show he's ready to turn around a 41.5 percent career field goal rate that is way too low for someone of his size.
Player: Verdell Jones III
Team (League): NBA D-League Select (Las Vegas)
Games played: 4
Average minutes: 11.2
Stats: 5.2 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.5 topg, 53.8 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 85.7 FT% Full NBA.com stat line
Best game: In the first game he played on July 8th, Jones missed just one of five shots, finishing with 12 points and had three assists in 19 minutes.
Comments: Good opportunity for Jones to show his worth and while his time was limited, he was took what the game gave him. That shows is his 53.8 field goal rate and taking just a pair of three-pointers. In his last three games he also never turned it over more than once.