Hornets shut down Brandon Miller for rest of Summer League

Brandon Miller is done with Summer League, leaving Las Vegas without the NBA's top rookies the rest of the way.

The Hornets announced Thursday the No. 2 pick won't play again, citing coach's decision. Miller joins Victor Wembanyama on the Summer League sideline after the San Antonio Spurs shut the No. 1 overall pick down after two games.

No. 3 overall pick Scoot Henderson likewise isn't expected to return after the Portland Trail Blazers rookie sustained a right shoulder strain in his Summer League debut Friday. Also in that game, No. 4 pick Amen Thompson suffered an ankle sprain and was ruled out for the remaining games by the Houston Rockets. The league will run through its championship game Monday without the top four picks in the draft.

Miller's three-game stint in the Summer League was a mixed bag. The 6-foot-9 forward drafted for his shooting and scoring acumen averaged 17.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. His shot selection and success rate left plenty to be desired as he shot 35.4% from the field and 26.1% from 3-point distance.

Summer League, of course, is not a reliable indicator of things to come. But Miller's shooting woes will fuel the conversation the Hornets made a mistake by selecting him over Henderson.

For Hornets fans seeking solace, they can look no further than Wembanyama. He also struggled with his stroke while shooting 40.7% from the field and 30% from 3-point distance in two Summer League games. No reasonable observer is raising red flags over his performance that also included 13.5 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks per game.

Brandon Miller's Summer League is done. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Brandon Miller's Summer League is done. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rookies struggling to shoot is standard protocol in the NBA. Miller's low percentages in exhibition games are no cause for alarm. But how Miller stacks up against Henderson during their rookie campaigns will be one of the most-watched storylines of the upcoming NBA season.