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Russ Smith Is Not Giving Up On NBA Dream

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Russ Smith had an incredible season this summer in China. He averaged 61.2 points, while adjusting to the rougher style of play. Now he has signed to play in China’s highest league, but his ultimate goal has not changed. He still wants to end up in the NBA. Dennis Chambers with Basketball Insiders sat down with Russ Smith to talk about how life is going.

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Russ Smith Isn’t Giving Up On NBA Dream

 

Russ Smith

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Russ Smith is currently playing in China, averaging 57.7 points per game. Let me say that again, Russ Smith is averaging 57.7 points per game in China. At one point this year, he was averaging 61.2. That is just flat out RussdiculousYet somehow, the NBA scouts aren’t taking much notice. Russ sat down with YARON WEITZMAN  of Bleacher Report and talked about the rollercoaster he has been on since he graduated from the University of Louisville. You can read the full article below, and let us know when you think Russ will finally get the respect he deserves. 

 

Wayne Blackshear Gets His Summer League Assignment

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AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

We keep finding out where former Cards will play NBA Summer League ball at. Today it is Wayne Blackshear.

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Montrezl Harrell 2015 Summer League Highlights

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Photo: clutchfans.net

All you can really say is…AND 1!!!!! (Do you get a point for just yelling it?)

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Russ Smith 2015 Summer League Highlights

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Photo: youtube.com

Enjoy these Russ Smith highlights. That is pretty much a given though, right?

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Trez impresses in debut; Rozier scores 22 in NBA Summer League action

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It was a nice night for former Cardinals in the NBA Summer League on Sunday, and a former Notre Dame player continued the tradition of getting dunked on by a Louisville player. Montrezl Harrell made his summer league debut, Terry Rozier led the Celtics in scoring, and Wayne Blackshear made the most of his minutes last night. Here is how they did…

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Russ Smith hits shot to win Orlando Summer League

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Russ Smith continued his great summer with the Grizzlies on Friday afternoon in the Championship of the Orlando NBA Summer League. Not only did he have 15 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals, but he hit the game winning shot in double-overtime to win the league. It was his second game-winner this week.

Check out these videos of Russ in action. He hits a crazy three pointer, the game winner, and gets interviewed after the game.

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Cards in the NBA Summer League Update: Wednesday morning

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Yesterday was a pretty eventful day for former Louisville Cardinals in the NBA Summer League. Russ Smith hit a game winning shot against Peyton Siva’s team, and Terry Rozier led the Celtics in scoring. Not a bad day. Here are the stats…

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Russ Smith scores 20 points and hits game winner

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In NBA Summer League action on Tuesday afternoon, Russ Smith faced off against Peyton Siva. Russ and the Grizzlies got the better end of the matchup, as Russ went off for 20 points, including the game winning shot in sudden death.

Russ finished with 20 points on 9-12 shooting and was 2-3 from the three point line. He also had 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 turnover.

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Wayne Blackshear will play summer ball with the Spurs

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Wayne Blackshear will get his opportunity to make an NBA roster. His agent confirmed that Blackshear has gotten a spot on the summer league roster with the San Antonio Spurs.

Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal has more:

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Friday night had Russ vs Gorgui. And it was…what you would expect

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Photo: Getty Images

It was the last Summer League game for the New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game is full of a lot of guys just trying to make the roster, some I haven’t even heard of. I am not on the couch watching the game on my nice TV. And that’s because the game is not even on TV. It is on ESPN3. Sure, I probably could have hooked my computer up to the TV and watched, but then this wouldn’t have been as interesting. So I sit here on my Google Chromebook, headphones in, watching an NBA Summer League game on a Friday night. And you know what? IT WAS AWESOME!

Russ Smith and the Pelicans squared off against Gorgui Dieng and the Timberwolves. Both guys played over 25 minutes in the 40 minute game, so there weren’t many times where neither was on the floor. For what it’s worth, the Timberwolves beat the Pelicans 97-78. Gorgui Dieng finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Russ Smith finished with 21 points and 3 assists.

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Cards in the NBA Summer League 7/17/14

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Photo: Philly.com

Three former Cards were in action on Thursday in the NBA Summer League, and here is how they did…

*Gorgui Dieng – Gorgui posted another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves lost 100-86 to the Kings. He also had 3 assists and 3 blocks, along with 5 turnovers. He shot 5-15 from the field and was 5-6 from the free throw line. He started and played 35 minutes. I would say that Gorgui is in line for a very good season. But if Kevin Love does get traded, he could have a great season. The Timberwolves may not, but Gorgui sure will!

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Cards in the NBA Summer League 7/16/14

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It was a pretty active day for former Cards in the NBA Summer League on Wednesday. Gorgui Dieng had the best overall game, while Luke Hancock and Kyle Kuric also saw action in their games. Here is how all three did…

*Gorgui Dieng – The big man absolutely dominated the glass, grabbing 19 rebounds to go along with his 13 points as the Timberwolves beat the Suns 86-77. He added 1 assist and 2 steals while shooting 6-13 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line. He started and played nearly 35 minutes. In 4 games this summer, Gorgui is averaging 10.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. With the win, the Timberwolves advanced in the summer league championship bracket and will face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Peyton Siva released by Pistons

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Photo: NBA.com

The Detroit Pistons have decided to release Peyton Siva after he apparently did not do enough this summer to earn a spot on the team. In 3 games, Siva averaged 10 points, 5 assists, and 2.3 rebounds in 23 minutes per game. He also averaged less than 2 turnovers per game (1.6). Not too bad for a point guard.

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Russ Smith had a solid opening weekend in the NBA

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Photo: NBA.com

Russ Smith had one heck of a debut in the NBA Summer League on Friday night. Against the NBA D-League Select, Russ played 27:12 and had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists, including an assist on the game-winning basket as the Pelicans won 83-81. 10 of his 20 points came in the 4th quarter, and Russ was a key part of an 18-0 run to take the lead near the end of the game.

Here are highlights from that game.

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Cards in the NBA Summer League 7/8/14

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Be sure to check out CardinalSportsZone.com over the next few weeks to keep up with how the former Cards are doing in the NBA Summer Leagues. When all the games are done for the day (with former Cards in them), we will update you on how they did for that day.

Tuesday saw only one former Card in action, as Peyton Siva and the Pistons beat the Miami Heat 80-78. After two great games to start the summer, this one was cut short. He played 12:38 but left the game with a sore hamstring and did not return. He finished with 2 points, 2 assists, and 1 rebound with 1 turnover. He shot 0-3 from the field, including 0-1 from 3-point and was 2-2 from the foul line.

The Pistons are back in action Wednesday evening as they take on the Celtics at 7:00 pm ET on NBA TV. Hopefully Siva is better and can play in this one.

Cards in the NBA Summer League 7/7/14

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Be sure to check out CardinalSportsZone.com over the next few weeks to keep up with how the former Cards are doing in the NBA Summer Leagues. When all the games are done for the day (with former Cards in them), we will update you on how they did for that day.

Today was not very busy at all, as only one former Card had a game and that was Luke Hancock with the Orlando Magic. Luke played 3:49 and did not score or attempt a shot. He did have 2 assists and 1 rebound in his short amount of playing time.

Tomorrow the Magic play again at 3:00 pm ET against the Grizzles on NBA TV. Also, Peyton Siva and the Detroit Pistons play at 5:00 pm ET against the Miami Heat. That game will also be on NBA TV. In two games, Siva is averaging 14 points, 6.5 assists, and 3 rebounds per game.

Cards in the NBA Summer League 7/6/14

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Be sure to check out CardinalSportsZone.com over the next few weeks to keep up with how the former Cards are doing in the NBA Summer Leagues. When all the games are done for the day (with former Cards in them), we will update you on how they did for that day.

For today, there is only one player that played, and that is Peyton Siva with the Detroit Pistons. Yesterday, Siva had a great game with 16 points and 6 assists. How did he follow that up?

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Cards in the NBA Summer League: 7/5/14

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Be sure to check out CardinalSportsZone.com over the next few weeks to keep up with how the former Cards are doing in the NBA Summer Leagues. When all the games are done for the day (with former Cards in them), we will update you on how they did for that day.

Today the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic played, which meant we kept an eye on Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock. Siva had a really good game, but Hancock not so much.

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NBA Summer League will be very important for Peyton Siva

Photo: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Summer League’s are always exciting because you have guys out there fighting for a job. If you see a game, you may see about 10-20 people watching on the sidelines, so it may not look like the games mean much. But those guys are out there battling for a roster spot. That will be the case this summer for former Louisville Cardinal Peyton Siva with the Detroit Pistons. Although he played well coming down the stretch last season in Detroit, his contract is not guaranteed, so he is essentially playing to make the team.

In this article by detroitbadboys.com, they write that Siva should have plenty of opportunity to make his case, as Spencer Dinwiddie ruled out for the summer. Dinwiddie was drafted by the Pistons this year in the 2nd round, and he is a 6’6 point guard that played at Colorado. This is from the article:

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