Josh Giddey has been ruled out ahead of today’s contest. He lasted only five minutes into OKC’s summer league opener due to a left ankle sprain. Not to worry, there will certainly be plenty of other things to grab your attention — these Pelicans were loads of fun in Monday’s 94-77 win over the Chicago Bulls.
While hoping to see Naji Marshall (18 points, five assists, three steals) or Trey Murphy III (26 points, nine rebounds, six 3s) repeat their performances from two days ago will top most fan lists, I’m now a little curious to watch the Pelicans newest two-way player, Daulton Hommes, more closely.
Forward Daulton Hommes — the 2019 Division II player of the year — has agreed to a two-way deal with New Orleans, his agent James Dunleavy of @excelbasketball tells ESPN. He’s playing for Pels summer league team after a season in Italy.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 10, 2021
Hommes spent last season in Italy, posting a solid line of 16.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 threes for Vanoli Cremona. However, what really stands out were his shooting splits of 46.8 FG% / 42.7 3PT% / 86.3 FT%. Considering he attempted 6.9 3-point attempts per game as a 6’8 wing is super enticing — Duncan Robinson stands 6’7 and came out of nowhere because of his ability to really stroke the long ball.
As we witnessed in the victory over the Bulls, Hommes has no issues in looking aggressively for his shot. It’ll be interesting to see if he starts knocking the treys down at a much greater clip, as well as proving himself adept in other facets of the game.
For your reading pleasure, Will Guillory took a good look at Devonte’ Graham on The Athletic and Clutchpoints’ Mark Haynes had an exclusive interview with Trey Murphy III, where the rookie divulged he thought he was the best player in a draft workout with the Warriors that also featured Davion Mitchell, Moses Moody and Chris Duarte.
“There was not a single workout where someone outplayed me. I feel like I was the best player on the floor, and as workouts progressed, I feel like I got better and better.”
Who: New Orleans Pelicans (1-0) at OKC Thunder (1-0)
When: August 11, 6:00 p.m. Central
Where to watch: NBA TV, ESPN app
Coach Green caught up with @dsallerson to discuss what he liked out of the #SummerPelicans opener and what he hopes to see going forward!— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) August 11, 2021
Tune in tonight
: vs Thunder
: 6 pm CT
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