Recapping Mad Ant performances in Orlando

By Alec Johnson

Day 3 of summer league basketball is in the books for current and former Mad Ant players Tony Mitchell, Miles Plumlee, Orlando Johnson, JaJuan Johnson, and Kim English as they played for the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, and Indiana Pacers summer league teams today. The Celtics won, 76-74, led by Kelly Olynyk with 21 points, and Mitchell, who had 15 points today. As for the Pistons, they lost their game to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 79-75.

Here’s a look at how the guys have fared so far in this tournament.

Tony Mitchell

The NBA D League Rookie of the Year put on one of his best performances so far in the Orlando Summer League with his 15 pt, 10 rebound effort against the Pacers in the Celtics’ 76-74 win. He showed instances of his offensive abilities, even getting a finger roll past former teammate Orlando Johnson. He had 16 points and 6 rebounds in his first game of the Summer League against the Magic. The game against the Pistons only saw him score 9 points, but if he can put up double digit point and rebound totals, as well as use his fast break abilities, he’ll have NBA scouts looking at him. With the way things have been going for the Celtics this off-season, you would have to wonder if they might take a chance on him.

Orlando Johnson

The current Pacers’ and former Mad Ants’ standout had 13 points and 6 rebounds in today’s game against the Celtics, along with 13 against the 76ers, and a 17-point performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He got some playing time with the Pacers this past season, averaging 12.1 minutes per game. Johnson will need to work on his ball handling ability and ability to create separation on offense and use his 7’0 wingspan more effectively on defense, as stated in a DraftExpress article.

Miles Plumlee

The former Duke star has been doing his part for the Pacers so far this summer, averaging just over 11 pts/game, third on the team this summer. He had 9 points and 11 rebounds in Tuesday’s game versus the Celtics.  It’s a good sign for a player that has more strengths on the defensive end than the offensive end, and if he can work on improving his offensive numbers, look for the Pacers to keep him around.

Kim English

So far this Summer League, Kim English’s numbers haven’t been all that impressive. In three games in the Orlando Summer League, he is just 5-23 from the floor, and 3-13 from the 3-point line while averaging 6 pts a game and 13 pts per 48 min. He will need to become a more efficient shooter in order to even have a shot of staying on the Pistons’ roster.

JaJuan Johnson

He has only played one game in this league, scoring just 4 points. We need to see more of him to give a further judgment on his play, and him having only played one game so far isn’t really helping his cause.

As for the rest of this week, here’s what the schedule looks like for each of the players and their teams. Both teams have one more game left before Championship Day on July 12.

Tony Mitchell (Boston Celtics)

July 10- Boston vs Houston, 3 p.m. ET

July 12-TBD (Championship Day)

Miles Plumlee, Orlando Johnson (Indiana Pacers)

July 11- Indiana vs Utah, 11 a.m. ET

July 12-TBD (Championship Day)

JaJuan Johnson, Kim English

July 11- Detroit vs Miami, 1 p.m. ET

July 12-TBD (Championship Day)

Tune in to the rest of the games on NBA TV or online at NBA.com/summerleague. The Orlando Summer League runs until July 12, when the championship and place games are played, and that same day, the Las Vegas Summer League will start up and run until July 22.

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