After a week of misery, the New Orleans Hornets 2012 Summer League is finally over. A few weeks ago, I thought we'd be seeing five games each from Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Instead, we got two games out of Rivers, largely underwhelming efforts out of the other New Orleans Hornets and a 1-4 record.
Take a closer look at my 2012 Summer League awards for the New Orleans Hornets.
Biggest letdown: Austin Rivers
I don't consider Austin Rivers' Summer League performance for the Hornets a disappointment because we all know it's going to take time for him to learn the point guard position. Plus, only seeing him play twice was really more of a letdown for New Orleans fans. Rivers averaged 10 points and 3.5 assists in the Summer League for New Orleans.
Biggest disappointment: Xavier Henry
Xavier Henry played well in his last Summer League game. But for the most point, he was disappointing for the Hornets. The worst thing I heard came from New Orleans head coach Monty Williams who said Henry came into Summer League out of shape. Henry averaged 12.2 points, but his roster status for the season may be in question.
Biggest backcourt surprise: Brian Roberts
Now I'll focus on the positives for the New Orleans Hornets in Summer League play. After Austin Rivers was lost to injury, Brian Roberts stepped up and played well. Roberts wasn't spectacular, but he ran the Hornets' offense well and shot 50 percent. Averaging 13.8 points per game, Roberts should get a chance to make the Hornets' final roster.
Biggest frontcourt surprise: Denzel Bowles
Denzel Bowles only averaged 16 minutes per game, but he made the most of his Summer League opportunity. Bowles averaged 7.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for New Orleans. He seemed to have a knack for grabbing rebounds and getting the ball in the basket. Bowles will have to get in better shape though to play in the NBA.
MVP: Lance Thomas
After a mediocre Summer League opener, something seemed to click for Lance Thomas and he became the Hornets' best player. Of all the veterans, Thomas was the only player who really helped his chances of making the final roster in New Orleans. Despite leading the Hornets with 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, Thomas only ranked 39th in scoring average and 18th in rebound average out of all Summer League players.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
"2012 Hornets Summer League Team," nba.com
NBA TV broadcast of the New Orleans Hornets Summer League game on July 21, 2012
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