It was a difficult afternoon for Marvelle Harris, the former Fresno State guard and reigning Mountain West player of the year.
After a productive summer league debut, Harris’ shot faded in the New York Knicks’ 74-48 blowout loss to the Miami Heat. It was the second consecutive game that the Knicks failed to score 50 points.
Harris finished 3-11 from the field - including 1-6 from deep - and tallied seven points in 26 minutes of playing time Saturday. The rookie guard also added two assists and recorded a steal. Despite a rough shooting performance, the Knicks appear dedicated to finding an important role for Harris this summer and beyond.
Harris is one of only three Knicks (Ron Baker and J.P. Tokoto) to log at least 25 minutes in the first two summer league matchups. Harris currently is the sixth man on the roster, but it’s possible that he may crack the starting lineup fairly soon. Expect an entertaining matchup against former Washington guard Andrew Andrews in Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Former Colorado State forward J.J. Avila also appeared in Saturday’s game, finishing 0-2 from the floor in eight minutes of playing time.
It was a fairly unimpressive afternoon elsewhere for ex-Mountain West players. Charlotte Hornets big man Goodluck Okonoboh - the former UNLV Rebel - played 17 minutes off the bench against the Indiana Pacers and recorded four points and three rebounds.
Miami Heat center Chris Obekpa - also an ex-Rebel - failed to appear in a second consecutive game. It is unclear whether or not we will see our first glance of Obekpa in the near future.
The third day of the Orlando Summer League resumes tomorrow morning and continues throughout the night with a five game slate.
The four team Utah Summer League begins tomorrow as James Webb III and the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Boston Celtics. Ex-MW stars Christian Wood (76ers) and J.J. O’Brien (Utah Jazz) will also take the hardwood tomorrow in Utah.
The full Monday schedule is listed below.
Orlando Game 1: Dallas vs. Orlando White (1 PM ET)
Orlando Game 2: Orlando Blue vs. Detroit (3 PM ET)
Orlando Game 3: Charlotte vs. Oklahoma City (5 PM ET)
Orlando Game 4: Boston vs. Philadelphia (7 PM ET)
Orlando Game 5: San Antonio vs. Utah (9 PM ET)
Utah Game 1: Boston vs. Philadelphia (7 PM ET)
Utah Game 2: San Antonio vs. Utah (9 PM ET)