Cats Grab No. 5 Seed in Vegas
By Matt Rochinski
July 17, 2013
The Bobcats enter the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship, the second phase of NBA Summer League 2013 in Las Vegas, as the No. 5 seed after posting a 2-1 record in the qualifying round. Charlotte will play the winner of Wednesday's 6:30 p.m. ET slate between Washington and Memphis at 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 18 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Cats enter bracket play on a two-game winning streak behind the impressive play of Jeffery Taylor and rookie Cody Zeller, while Bismack Biyombo and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continue to make their presence felt on the defensive end.
Taylor ranked third in scoring (21.0 points) after pool play, and was consistent through three games - twice leading the team in scoring with 24 points on July 12 against San Antonio and 20 more on July 15 against New York, while adding 19 on July 14 against Dallas. He also filled the stat sheet, adding 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals.
Zeller is coming off back-to-back double-doubles with 18 points and 10 rebounds agains the Knicks and 21 points and 13 rebounds against the Mavericks. Zeller was tied for seventh in rebounding (9.3) and tied for 13th in scoring (13.7 points) through pool play.
Biyombo grabbed twice grabbed 11 boards and enters the second phase tied for fifth in rebounding (9.7) and tied for ninth in blocks (1.70) while adding 5.3 points and 1.0 assist.
While Kidd-Gilchrist does not rank in the Top 10 in any category, he's been solid across the board with 10.7 points on 54.2 percent shooting from the field and adding 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.33 steals.
The participating 22 teams have each completed three games since the summer classic tipped off on July 12. Based on the outcome of those games, the teams are seeded 1-22 for the single elimination tournament that culminates in a championship game on July 22. Each team will compete in at least two more contests; a minimum of one game in the single elimination tournament, and the other in a consolation game if the team loses a game on either July 17 or July 18.
Teams seeded 11-22 will compete on Wednesday, with the winners of those contests advancing in the tournament to play Thursday against teams seeded 1-10, who earned a first-round “bye.” Teams on losing Wednesday and Thursday will play on Friday. The single elimination tournament resumes on Saturday with a champion being crowned on July 22.
Seeding for the tournament was determined by won-loss records. Ties were broken using quarter-points and then point differential to determine the seedings.