Former Lion’s Game Shaping Up in Orlando

More minutes have translated into greater production as Newbill takes a shot at the NBA.

After a rough first three games in the NBA's Orlando Summer League, things finally came together for former Penn State guard D.J. Newbill Wednesday.

Playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, Newbill poured in 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go along with four rebounds, two assists and a steal. He was the Clips' second leading scorer in a tight 87-85 loss to the Miami Heat.

Newbill played mostly shooting guard but also was asked to bring the ball up the floor at times. He hit his first 3-pointer of the tournament, too.

The only real negative? Newbill finished with nine (count 'em, nine) fouls in 26 minutes on the floor. Luckily for him, there is a 10-foul limit in NBA Summer League action.

The game marked a huge turnaround for Newbill, who in the previous three outings made a combined 3 of 11 shots for eight points.

Newbill did not play (coach's decision) in an opening loss to Orlando (Blue) Saturday. Sunday, he played 16 minutes in a loss to Detroit and had four points on 2-of-4 shooting.

After an off day Monday, Newbill and the Clips were back in action Tuesday. He logged 31 minutes and had five assists, but could not buy a basket in a win vs. Oklahoma City. He was 1-of-7 from the floor.

The Clippers (1-3) are off again Thursday, and will wrap up play in Orlando Friday against an opponent to be announced at a time to be announced.

So far in the tournament, Newbill is making 42 percent of his shots, 17 percent of his 3-pointers and 100 percent of his free throws.

The Big Ten's leading scorer last season, Newbill is attempting to take the rookie-free-agent path into the NBA.

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