July 23, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Three former Seminoles - Al Thornton (Brooklyn Nets, 13.8 ppg), Chris Singleton (Washington Wizards, 12.4 ppg) and Bernard James (Dallas Mavericks, 10.2 ppg) averaged in double figure scoring to lead a total of seven former Florida State basketball players who participated in one of the two NBA Summer Leagues during the month of July. All seven players earned extensive minutes, turned some heads and will look to turn their play in the summer leagues (in Orlando and Las Vegas) into contracts and playing time once the NBA regular season begins in October.
Thornton, an All-American at Florida State in 2007, led the Florida State contingent with a 13.8 points per game scoring average in five games. He scored his summer league high of 19 points to go along with six rebounds in a 90-77 win over Indiana, totaled 18 points, seven rebounds and one blocked shots in a 92-88 loss to Orlando and scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds in an 87-86 loss to Oklahoma City. Thornton was named to the Orlando Pro All-Summer League Honorable Mention team by the public relations representatives of the respective team, members of the media and select NBA personnel.
Singleton, who was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2011, averaged 12.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals in five games played with the Washington Wizards. He totaled four double figure scoring games, had at least one blocked shots in four the Wizards five games and totaled 12 steals. Singleton earned a double double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in an 83-77 win over Memphis and totaled 20 points and eight rebounds in a 102-82 loss to Atlanta.
James, who helped lead Florida State to the 2012 ACC Championship and was the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, averaged a near double double of 10.2 points and 9.0 rebounds in five games for the Dallas Mavericks. He shot .605 from the field, scored at least nine points and pulled down at least 8 rebounds in all five games, blocked at least two shots in shot in four of five games and totaled five blocked shots against New Orleans. James totaled double doubles of 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-61 loss to Atlanta and 13 points and 11 rebounds in an 85-75 win over Toronto.
Derwin Kitchen, who played on three NCAA Tournament teams during his career at Florida State, averaged 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in four games in Las Vegas while playing for the Denver Nuggets. A star in Israel during the past two seasons, Kitchen totaled 14 points and six assists in an 85-81 win over the New York Knicks and totaled 10 points and two assists in a 95-74 loss to Golden State.
Ryan Reid, who was a second round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers in 2010, played as a member of its summer league team in Orlando and averaged 4.0 points to go along with 2.6 rebounds in five games. He totaled eight points and two rebounds in an 89-75 win over Utah (during which he shot six of six from the free throw line), scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in an 87-86 win over Brooklyn and scored six points and pulled down four rebs in an 83-62 win over Detroit.
Xavier Gibson, who played on four NCAA Tournaments during his career as a Seminole, averaged 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in four games played for the Milwaukee Bucks. He totaled his summer league best of four points in a 77-68 loss to Dallas and scored three points and pulled down six rebounds in a 76-658 win over the New Orleans Hornets.
Jon Kreft, who played on Florida State's 2011 and 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, averaged 1.0 point and 2.6 rebounds in five games played with the Memphis Grizzlies. He totaled three points and one rebound in an 83-77 loss to Washington and scored two points to go along with two rebounds in a 96-87 loss to Phoenix.
Player, Team GP FG Pct. FT Pct. RPG A B S PPG Al Thornton, Brooklyn Nets 4 .405 .767 5.8 0.3 1.0 0.2 13.8 Chris Singleton, Washington Wizards 5 .413 .645 6.8 1.4 1.6 2.4 12.4 Bernard James, Dallas Mavericks 5 .605 .556 9.0 0.0 2.6 1.8 10.2 Derwin Kitchen, Denver Nuggets 4 .469 1.00 5.0 4.0 0.2 1.2 8.3 Ryan Reid, Oklahoma City Thunder 5 .333 1.00 2.6 0.2 0.0 1.0 4.0 Xavier Gibson, Milwaukee Bucks 4 .231 .750 2.3 0.5 0.8 0.2 2.3 Jon Kreft, Memphis Grizzlies 5 .222 .000 2.6 0.2 0.2 0.2 1.0