Summer League Roundup: Hearn impresses, Olah sees more time
Every year, the NBA Summer League is a showcase event for players on the fringes of basketball looking for a shot at NBA glory. Stay with The Daily for updates on the summer league play of past Northwestern players trying to make a name for themselves at the next level.
Ex-Wildcat guard Reggie Hearn had a big game for the NBA D-League Select team on Monday, scoring 15 points in just over 20 minutes in a 89-71 win over the Houston Rockets. Hearn was able to get into a rhythm and connected on three of his six three-pointers in the game. He finished the night shooting 5-8 from the field, played the sixth most minutes on the team and didn’t record a single turnover.
The former Northwestern sharpshooter is starting to find his stroke in this year’s summer league and is now 5-8 from three in his last two games. Hearn has impressed with his scoring ability, but his ability to facilitate and find open shooters has been questionable.
Drew Crawford also took the court on Monday for the Toronto Raptors against the Dallas Mavericks, tallying 6 points on 3-5 shooting in a victory. He recorded a single assist, missed both of his three-point attempts and struggled to make a big impact on the game.
The former Cats guard has had a relatively lackluster showing in summer league so far, seeing limited minutes off the bench for the Raptors. However, Toronto is currently 3-0 and is looking at a spot in the summer league playoffs, so Crawford will have another opportunity to prove himself.
Former NU center Alex Olah also registered significant minutes for the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. The big man finished with 6 points, three rebounds and a block against the Sacramento Kings in the Pelicans’ 70-66 win. Olah was on the court for just under 22 minutes and converted on three of his seven field goal attempts.
The center was noticeably active as a screener on offense, setting frequent off-ball screens to free up shooters. He also often tried to run the pick-and-roll with his New Orleans teammates, but couldn’t seem to get a touch of the ball down low. Olah wasn’t the most graceful player on the court, taking several ill-contested shots. With just one minute left in the game and the Pelicans up by three, the center took a contested hook shot in the post which slammed against the backboard and missed the rim wide left.
Olah didn’t look comfortable with the ball in his hands but he was able to command the paint on defense. The NU standout did a stellar job containing Kings big man Willie Cauley-Stein inside, moved his feet quickly to corral penetration, and only committed three fouls in the game. For Olah, who wasn’t known for his defense in college, it was a positive sign that he might be able to keep up on that end at the next level.