Carmichael Shines as Former Redbirds Conclude NBA Summer League
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July 20, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Former Illinois State forward Jackie Carmichael averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, as he attempted to impress while playing for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Carmichael, along with fellow former Redbirds Tyler Brown and Champ Oguchi, wrapped up summer league play Friday night.
Out of the three ISU basketball alums, Carmichael played the most, with three starts and six total appearances in Las Vegas. Brown played in two games for the San Antonio Spurs, and Oguchi appeared in one contest for the Chicago Bulls. All three players tallied points for their respective teams in Friday's finale, with Carmichael netting seven, Oguchi scoring two against Carmichael and the Mavericks, and Brown collecting two versus the Milwaukee Bucks.
After originally beginning in the Orlando NBA Summer League with the Miami Heat, Carmichael joined the Mavericks for the subsequent Las Vegas league. The Manhattan, Kan., native came off the bench during Dallas' first three contests, averaging 5.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in those games. However, Carmichael started the team's final three games and increased his productivity, averaging 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in the second half of the six-game season.
In his first starting assignment, July 17, against the Los Angeles Clippers, Carmichael poured in 23 points with nine rebounds in 26:51. His performance did not go unnoticed by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
"Jackie showed he's a beast," Cuban told ESPNDallas.com following Dallas' win over the Clippers. "He played, really, really well."
Carmichael's 23-point game proved to be his best offensive effort of the NBA Summer League.
"I just wanted to come out there and do whatever I could to help the team," Carmichael told ESPNDallas.com. "I think just attacking the glass and being active opened everything else. That's my game, trying to stay active. Everything else fell into place."
As for Carmichael's chances of making the Mavericks' training camp, "He's definitely doing his best to earn it," Cuban told ESPNDallas.com.
Carmichael once again earned the start against the undefeated Golden State Warriors, July 18, and he did not disappoint. In fact, Carmichael set the NBA Summer League single-game blocks record, with seven. He also scored 12 points and collected seven rebounds. Carmichael tallied seven points with four rebounds in Dallas' summer league finale Friday night.
Meanwhile, Brown appeared in two games for San Antonio. He recorded his lone field goal Friday night against Milwaukee, along with two steals and one assist. Oguchi also scored his only NBA Summer League basket Friday night, in his lone Las Vegas appearance versus Dallas.
With their summer league seasons complete, Carmichael, Brown and Oguchi will now wait to see if they are invited to an NBA training camp.
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