Grizzlies' Summer League run ends with loss to Philadelphia
By Bennett Hipp
The Memphis Grizzlies' impressive 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League run ended Friday afternoon with a 91-75 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Championship Game.
No matter the results, Grizzlies coaches entered wanting to see effort, energy and toughness from their team in Orlando, and Memphis' second-place finish in the Orlando Pro Summer League affirms that they got just that from their 15-man roster.
Outside of winning, much of the attention heading into Summer League was set on witnessing the development of 2014 draft picks Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes as they began their NBA careers. Both Adams and Stokes impressed during their time in Orlando, and Friday was no different.
Stokes posted his third double-double, tallying 12 points (4-of-7 FG) and 11 rebounds, including five offensive boards. In his five games during Summer League, Stokes finished just short of averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds.
Fellow rookie Adams finished with 11 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals as he continued to display a strong and well-rounded skill set on both ends of the floor. Adams leaves the Orlando Summer League after averaging 14.8 points and 3.8 rebounds along with a .955 free throw percentage in his five games.
Helping out the two recent draftees against Philadelphia were Deon Thompson, who scored a team-high 15 points along with three rebounds, and Jamaal Franklin, who reached double figures for the second consecutive game with 11 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Former Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson led the way for Philadelphia, scoring a game-high 21 points along with six rebounds and three assists while former Long Beach State star Casper Ware pitched in with 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Travis Bader (16 points, two rebounds), JaKarr Sampson (13 points, four rebounds) and Ronald Roberts Jr. (12 points, 11 rebounds) all also reached double figures for the Summer League Champion 76ers.