by Michael Clark, CantonCharge.com contributor.
Whether it was Orlando or Vegas, NBA Summer League had a heavy Charge influence. Strong Summer League performances landed two former Charge standouts NBA contracts!
Read up on Charge Alum that showed up and showed out this summer!
Eric Moreland – Detroit Pistons
Eric Moreland was outstanding for the Pistons in the Summer League, posting a line of 26.0 minutes per game, 7.6 points per game with .700 shooting from the field, and 8.4 rebounds. He led the Summer League with 2.8 blocks per game.
On June 6th, The Detroit Pistons rewarded Moreland with a contract.
Moreland, appeared in 44 games (41 starts) with the Charge last season, averaging 12.8 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.7 blocks, 1.7 steals and 33.4 minutes. He was named a NBA G League All-Star, named to the All-NBA G League Third Team and to the NBA G League All-Defensive Team last season.
Brandon Paul – Dallas Mavericks / Cleveland Cavaliers
BP pulled double-duty this summer, appearing both in Orlando and Vegas. His dedication and determination paid off as he earned a guaranteed contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Paul suited up for Cleveland in the 2017 MGM Resorts Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.33 steals in 25.3 minutes over three games. He also suited up for Dallas at the 2017 Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.25 steals in 29.1 minutes in four appearances.
Spending last season with Anadolu Efes in Istanbul, Turkey, Paul averaged 8.6 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 17.3 minutes while shooting .415 (39-94) from three-point range in 23 Euroleague appearances. Paul last played for Canton in the NBA G League in 2014-15, averaging 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.14 steals in 26.3 minutes in 43 games.
Quinn Cook – New Orleans Pelicans
Quinn took his talents to Vegas for Summer League with the Pelicans. Q averaged 21.2 Points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals. Cookie shot .557 from the field, .500% from three range and .900 from the foul line.
He picked up right where he left off for the Pelicans last year, in which he averaged 11.0 points and 24.4 minutes per game over the last four games of the season.
Cook’s strong play should help clear a path to earn a spot in the team’s backcourt this season.
“I think I’ve positioned myself well,” Cook said. “I’m just leading and running the team. I try not to worry about the stats or anything. I’m trying to be a coach on the floor and run the team. I think all of it is crucial and proves I can be valuable.”
Jorge Gutierrez – Portland Trailblazers
Jorge Gutierrez flourished as the Blazers’ point guard, leading his team to an appearance in the Championship game versus the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jorge appeared in eight games (five starts), averaging 8.6 points, 4.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds. 1.8 steals in 26.6 minutes per contest.
Gutierrez, a product of Findlay Prep in Nevada, filled the stat sheet Saturday with 10 points, four steals and three assists in 25 minutes during the Blazers’ 94-87 victory over the Spurs to advance to the semifinals.
“We came up short, but they have won it a lot ever since,” Gutierrez said. “It’s always good to come back to Las Vegas. I feel comfortable here.”
Jorge has played for four NBA teams and multiple international squads since being drafted by Canton in 2012.
“My experience has led to my minutes,” said Gutierrez, who is averaging 24 minutes in the league. “I know how to control the offense and lead the team.”
Gerald Beverly – Cleveland Cavaliers
Gerald Beverly appeared in 40 regular season games for the Charge this past season, averaging 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game, while shooting .592 percent from the field.
Beverly’s strong play and attitude impressed many within the organization. He was rewarded with a spot on the Cavaliers’ Summer League roster.
“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to play in the NBA Summer League,” said Beverly. “I came close to an invite out of school, but it didn’t pan out. Last summer I was rehabbing from an injury so I couldn’t go, but this year I’m truly grateful for the opportunity. I want to go out there and showcase what I can do, maybe turn some heads and show that I can play at that level.”
G-Bev appeared in five games for the Wine & Gold, averaging 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game.
Roosevelt Jones – Cleveland Cavaliers
Rosie appeared in five games (one start) for the Cavs in Vegas. The versatile Jones averaged 1.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 17.5 minutes per game.
Jones appeared in 46 games for the Charge last season, averaging 6.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 27.6 minutes per contest.
Kay Felder – Cleveland Cavaliers
Kay razzled and dazzled for the Charge while on assignment from the Cavaliers last season. In Vegas, Felder was tasked to lead the team as well as improve his game entering his sophomore year.
In an interview with Cavs.com, Felder expressed his goals in Vegas:
“I’m just doing way better in the pick-and-roll. That’s what the game is all about now – and it opens up so much, “Felder said. “So, something I’ve really worked on this summer is pick-and-roll basketball. Just coming off screens – looking for guys and looking for my shot as well. I know I can score. But can I create for other guys and make other guys better? That’s a big challenge for me and that’s what I’m trying to improve on.”
Mission accomplished! Kay started all four games he appeared in, averaging 15.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He engineered a 3-1 record for the Wine & Gold.
Dom Pointer – Cleveland Cavaliers
Enter “Sir’Domination”. Dom Pointer made his third straight Summer League appearance with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being a second-round pick in 2015.
Dom appeared in four games (one start) for the Summer Cavs, averaging 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 20.3 minutes per game.
Pointer appeared in all 50 games during the 2015-2016 season for the Charge. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per contest.