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Brandon Paul scores 16 points in NBA Summer League debut with Charlotte Hornets

Good morning. Welcome to the Orange Minute for Sunday, July 3.

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The first 2016 NBA Summer League session began in Orlando on Saturday, and Brandon Paul got off to a hot start during his debut with the Charlotte Hornets. While playing in over 33 minutes, the former Fighting Illini guard tallied 16 points and 4 rebounds on 5-11 shooting (1-2 3PT). Despite the effort, Charlotte ultimately fell to the Orlando Magic's White squad by a final of 79-74.

Paul started for the Hornets alongside Aaron Harrison (Kentucky), Gabe York (Arizona), DeShaun Thomas (Ohio State), and Mike Tobey (Virginia). Highlights of the game can be found right here. Charlotte's next tilt against the Indiana Pacers is scheduled for Sunday, July 3 at 12:00pm CT; you'll be able to watch the action live on NBATV.

It's also worth mentioning that former Illinois center Nnanna Egwu is participating in Summer League for the second-straight year, and he suited up for the Magic in this contest. He logged 4 points and 3 rebounds in just over 15 minutes of play.

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