The Charlotte Hornets finished their summer league campaign 3-4 after losing 83-79 to the Houston Rockets. However, Aztec fans really only care about one thing regarding the Hornets: How did Josh Davis play?
Well, Josh Davis saved his best for last (pardon the cliche). He scored a personal summer-league best 18 points and recorded 14 rebounds, six of which were offensive. And for a large part he matched up against Donatas Montiejunas, the Rockets' Lithuanian 7-foot big man. He even blocked a Montiejunas' shot in the first quarter.
Those six offensive rebounds led to six Charlotte second-chance points, a large reason why the Hornets were plus 20 points when Davis was on the floor (a game high). He also stole an errant pass from Houston guard Isaiah Canaan and made a nice-looking reverse layup in transition.
Let's look at his shooting numbers. Davis made six of his 11 field goal attempts and converted six of his eight free throw attempts. He played excellent around the rim, making 60 percent of his shots in the paint (58 percent for all of summer league). While he showed good flashes with his jumper in Vegas, Davis demonstrated that his jump shot is still his biggest weakness, missing his only attempt today and making two of his eight total summer league jump shot attempts.
So, all in all, Davis had a successful summer league. He was somewhat on-and-off (he played great today, but barely showed up yesterday against the New York Knicks). However, when Davis played his A-game, there were few better in Las Vegas. He ends his summer league averaging nearly a double-double: 8.6 points and 10.1 rebounds (4.0 offensive rebounds) per game. Every NBA team could use as much rebounding as humanly possible, so those 10.1 boards will attract NBA scouts, coaches and general managers.
Josh Davis will play professionally next year; he has earned that privilege with his college career and his summer league play. Whether or not he plays for an NBA squad remains to be seen.