At this point, Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter are old pros at this NBA thing compared to the rest of their teammates in the Orlando Summer League. Knight was a starter for the Pistons while Kanter was a reserve for the Jazz. In the summer league, the older players are expected to step it up and be leaders and help show their teammates, some who were cramming for college Finals just a few weeks ago, an introduction to the league.
So although they had battled in the NBA before, both Knight and Kanter came into this game as leaders. Brandon Knight scored 17 points and helped dished out six assists to help his Pistons survive the Utah Jazz 76-73 in Summer League Play in Orlando. Kanter was matched against former UConn Huskie Andre Drummond and struggled. Kanter had just 3 points on 1-7 shooting, had two shots blocked, and turned the ball over four times.
Drummond was held to 8 points, but the “over/under” stat was the most telling. Drummond‘s team had a +17 when he was on the court and Kanter‘s had a -13. It’s only summer league play though, and Kanter is not fighting for a roster spot, but this week in Orlando can dictate a lot in how the team may use him.
The Jazz get underway tomorrow at 11AM versus Philadelphia while the Pistons and Magic tangle at 3:00 PM.