Re: Orlando Summer League Starts Today!
posted at 7/8/2013 8:06 AM EDT
Pressey supplies Celtics bench support in NBA debut Print Email
Chri Missouri guard Phil Pressey celebrates after forcing a turnover in first half action during a game between Missouri and Georgia on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Chris Lee, email@example.com
COLUMBIA, Mo. • Former Missouri point guard Phil Pressey made his NBA debut Sunday with the Boston Celtics, coming off the bench to score 11 points in a 95-88 loss to the Orlando Magic in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Pressey shot the ball well in 19 minutes, 24 seconds of action, shooting 4 of 5 from the field and 3 of 4 from the foul line. He missed his only 3-point attempt and finished with four assists, five turnovers and two steals. His 11 points led all five of Boston’s reserves who saw the floor.
Pressey, who went undrafted after leaving Mizzou with a year of eligibility remaining, signed with Boston shortly after the draft and has a chance to make the roster as a backup option to All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, who’s recovering from season-ending knee surgery.
In Orlando, Pressey, wearing No. 26, is sharing time in the backcourt with Nolan Smith, who played collegiately at Duke, Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette) and Spanish guard Jayson Granger. Smith and Johnson-Odom started for the Celtics on Sunday and combined for just nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, two assists and five turnovers.
Rookie forward Kelly Olynk finished with a game-high 25 points for Boston. Rookie guard Victor Oladipo led Orlando with 18 points, seven assists and five steals. The Magic’s summer league roster includes former Missouri player GlenDandridge, who finished his college career at Lambuth in 2007-08. He did not play in Sunday's game.
The Celtics’ five-game schedule in Orlando continues Monday with a 2 p.m. game against Detroit, featuring former Mizzou guard Kim English. Boston faces Indiana at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Houston at 2 p.m. Wednesday and a yet-to-be determined opponent Friday.
Several games are televised live on NBA TV. Here’s thecomplete schedule.
Also competing for time in the Pistons’ backcourt will be first-round draft pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from Georgia,Ryan Evans (Wisconsin), Korie Lucious (Iowa State),Khris Middleton (Texas A&M), E.J. Singler (Oregon) andPeyton Siva (Louisville).
Former Mizzou players Alex Oriakhi, a second-round draft pick by Phoenix, and Laurence Bowers, an undrafted pickup by Memphis, along with Marcus Denmon, a second-round pick by San Antonio last year, will play in the Las Vegas Summer League starting Friday.