Former Bulldogs Have Mixed Results In Las Vegas Summer League
July 20, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Four former Gonzaga University players ended play in the 2009 NBA Las Vegas Summer League Sunday with varying degrees of success.
Adam Morrison, the third overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats and now a member of the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 20.8 ppg to rank fifth overall and 5.0 rpg in starting all four of his appearances. He missed the final game with the stomach flu. He scored 24 points against Toronto, 22 against Cleveland and 20 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers went 3-2. Morrison was involved in a trade which sent him to the Lakers during this past season but did not suit up during the Lakers run to the title. After being a second-team All-Rookie selection his first season, he sat out the 2007-08 season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a pre-season game - ironically against the Lakers - and returned to action this past season.
Morrison played in 52 games this past season, and saw action in eight games with the Lakers after being acquired Feb. 7.
Austin Daye, the 15th pick of this year's draft by the Detroit Pistons, averaged 33.8 minutes/game, 17.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 1.4 steals/game while starting all five games for the 4-1 Pistons. He went 32-for-68 from the field for 47.1 percent. He finished with three double-doubles - 20 points and 10 rebounds against Cleveland, 27/13 against the New York Knicks and 11/11 against Golden State. He scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds against Toronto. He had 8 points and 2 rebounds in his Summer League debut against Sacramento.
Daye had a familiar face on the team as Jeremy Pargo played for the Pistons in Las Vegas. Pargo came off the bench in three games, averaging 10.0 ppg and 3.0 assists/game. He went 11-for-22 from the field for 50.0 percent and 33.3 percent from 3-point range on 2-for-6. He had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists against Cleveland, 4 points and 3 assists against the Knicks and 13 points and 4 assists against Golden State.
Micah Downs played for the Phoenix Suns, appearing in all five games with three starts. He averaged 6.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg. His best outing for the 3-2 Suns was 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals against Dallas.
Josh Heytvelt saw limited action for the Washington Wizards, which carried 18 players on the roster in Las Vegas. He played in all five games with one start, averaging 1.2 ppg while playing 6.6 minutes/game. He had 4 rebounds against the Clippers in 12 minutes, his only double-digit minutes played game. The Wizards went 3-2.
Pargo, Downs and Heytvelt, all seniors for the 2009 Bulldogs, are trying to make an NBA roster as free agents.
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