NBA Summer League Wrap Up

Demarcus Nelson

The 2009 NBA Summer League has come and gome with two former Blue Devils working on their games. TDD runs down the performances of DeMarcus Nelson and Gerald Henderson.

After being traded to the Chicago Bulls at the end of last season, former Duke guard DeMarcus Nelson took the court in Las Vegas looking to earn another contract in the Windy City. In summer league action the 6-foot-4 guard certainly made a case to the Bulls' general manager by posting 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game while playing 26.2 points per night.

Averaged out to 48 minutes a night, Nelson finished the five game stretch averaging just over seven rebounds and 5.5 assists. From the field the former Blue Devil shot 48.1 percent from the field including 60 percent from the perimeter and just under 70 percent from the free throw line.

Meanwhile, newly minted lottery pick Gerald Henderson suffered from both the NBA learning curve as well as his organization's inability to field a summer league team. With the Bobcats shipping their top pick to Minnesota to play for the Wolves' team, Henderson saw action in just three of the team's five contests -- averaging just 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

His jumper appeared to be out of sync (9-of-24 from the field) throughout the three contests, though the former All-Conference performer seemed to break out of his funk in the last game, hitting 6-of-11 from the field for 12 points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.

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