ORLANDO, Fla. — Oregon’s Joe Young and Dylan Ennis took the floor on the first day of the 2017 NBA Summer League on Saturday. The players have little room to breathe after the draft, as the next step begins on the first day of July.
Young is still lighting it up for the Indiana Pacers. However, he has a new mentality entering his third NBA season. This offseason, Young has been focusing on his leadership skills. With the departure of Paul George to OKC, Young will be asked to do more.
“The league knows I can go out and score 30 any time,” said Young. “But, that's not my motive. My main focus this time is to lead my team.”
He lived up to his words, scoring 11 points and dishing out six dimes in the Pacers victory over the Magic, 85-74. He was 4-for-7 from the floor. Joey Buckets added a rebound in the win on Saturday.
The Canadian scored two points on two shots over five minutes of action. He was 1-for-2 from the field. Nevertheless, Ennis was the vocal leader from the sideline. His team-first mentality continues into his professional career.
UTEP’s Vincent Hunter led the Thunder with 21 points and seven boards.
Ennis will play for Oklahoma City in Orlando from July 1-6. Then, he will fly to Las Vegas to join the Golden State Warriors from July 7-17. Double your pleasure.
We will have continual coverage from the NBA Summer League throughout July.