Local flavor in the NBA, Summer League edition: Poeltl, Kuzma shine; Moore finds a home

NBA summer league action is well underway, and rosters are littered with players who have Utah ties. There are former high school greats on the roster of the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets, along with former college standouts who are suiting up for the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors.

Here is a look at how those players have performed so far through the first week of summer league in Orlando, Utah and Las Vegas.

Joel Bolomboy, Weber State, Utah Jazz

Bolomboy has had a tough shooting stretch but has still done some nice work on the glass for the Jazz in Utah and Las Vegas. His best showing came in a 100-94 win over Philadelphia when he totaled 10 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 100 percent from the foul line. He added five rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes.

In four games, he is averaging 6.5 points on 33.3 percent shooting with 6.2 rebounds in 23.1 minutes.

Spencer Butterfield, Utah State, Utah Jazz

Butterfield has showed off a sweet outside stroke during sporadic minutes. His best shooting performance came in Utah’s 100-94 win over the 76ers when he recorded nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-3 from distance. He added four rebounds in 14 minutes.

In three games, he is averaging 6.7 points on 50 percent shooting with 2.0 rebounds in 16.4 minutes.

Kyle Kuzma, Utah, Los Angeles Lakers

Kuzma has had a huge impact on the Lakers in their two games so far in Las Vegas. After a solid showing in the first game, he exploded in game 2 in an 86-81 loss to the Boston Celtics when he totaled a game-high 31 points on 12-for-26 shooting from the field, including 5-for-10 from 3-point land. He also contributed nine rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in 33 minutes.

In 30.2 minutes, he is averaging 20 points on 44.1 percent shooting with 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.

Jakob Poeltl, Utah, Toronto Raptors

Poeltl has been a very efficient scorer and a monster on the glass for the Raptors in Las Vegas. His best game came in a 97-72 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves when he managed 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from the foul line. He added a game-high 10 rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes.

He shared his thoughts with the media on how summer league has played out so far.

In two games, he is averaging 13.5 points on 75 percent shooting from the field with 10 rebounds in 24.5 minutes.

Eric Mika, BYU/Lone Peak, Miami Heat

After playing in three of the first four games for the Heat, Mika didn’t playing in the last game in Orlando or the first game in Las Vegas. His best showing came in an 86-83 loss to the Indiana Pacers when he totaled eight points on 2-for-2 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line while adding three rebounds in 15 minutes.

In three games, he is averaging 5.3 points on 36.4 percent shooting with 2.7 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

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