Cats Named to All-NBA Summer League Team
Cats Named to All-NBA Summer League Team

By Matt Rochinski

July 22, 2013

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Jeffery Taylor and Cody Zeller were both named to the All-NBA Summer League Team on July 22, 2013 in Las Vegas. Kent Bazemore of Golden State, John Henson of Milwaukee and Jonas Valanciunas of Toronto joined Taylor and Zeller on the squad. Valanciunas came away with the Summer League MVP after averaging 18.8 points and 10.0 rebounds, while Zeller was the only rookie named to the team.

Taylor and Zeller, the only teammates on the All-NBA Summer League Team, helped lead the fifth-seeded Cats to a 4-2 record and a berth in the semifinals of the inaugural NBA Summer League Tournament. Charlotte fell, 75-67, to eventual NBA Summer League Champion and top-seeded Golden State, but made a solid run with starters Taylor, Zeller, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismack Biyombo all sitting the last two games for the Cats.

Taylor ranked third in the summer league in scoring (20.3 points) while connecting on 47.5 percent of his shots from the field, bringing down 2.8 rebounds, dishing out an assist and tying for seventh in the summer league with 1.80 steals through four games.

Zeller nearly recorded double-doubles in his last three games in Vegas, posting 21 points and 13 boards against the Mavericks, 18 points and 10 rebounds against the Knicks and 18 points and nine rebounds against the Grizzlies – all Charlotte victories. He ranked 14th in the summer league in scoring (16.3 points) while shooting 52.0 percent from the floor, was sixth with 9.3 rebounds and handed out 1.5 assists each contest.

Biyombo tied for 10th in the summer league with 7.8 rebounds, tied for 13th with 1.50 blocks and added 5.5 points and 1.3 assists in four games.

Kidd-Gilchrist also filled the stat sheet for the Cats with averages of 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.30 steals. MKG’s latest work with Assistant Coach Mark Price was also evident, as he connected on 54.2 percent of his shots from the field.

In all, the NBA Summer League was a tremendous success for Charlotte, as their key players impressed and worked well together through the first four games and the reserves stepped up and kept the Cats competitive on their way to the semifinals. The work of these young Bobcats under new Head Coach Steve Clifford gives the team a boost as they work towards getting ready for Training Camp.