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Brandon Paul is dominating the 2016 NBA Summer League with the Charlotte Hornets

Good morning. Welcome to the Orange Minute for Thursday, July 7.

Former Fighting Illini guard Brandon Paul is continuing to turn heads at NBA Summer League. Through four games, Paul is averaging 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 48.3% from the field (39.1% 3PT). Additionally, Paul has produced a 0.7 EWA, which places him atop the league leaderboard in that category.

Brandon Paul's Game Log (4 GP)
DAL L 81-84 35 6-14 1-4 4-5 9 1 1 0 4 2 17
OKC W 78-74 28 6-11 4-8 1-3 11 2 2 2 2 0 17
IND W 80-70 33 3-12 3-9 2-2 5 4 2 0 2 3 11
ORL (W) L 74-79 34 5-11 1-2 5-5 4 1 1 0 0 1 16
TOTAL N/A 32.5 48.3% 39.1% 80.0% 7.3 2.0 1.5 0.5 2.0 1.4 15.3

Granted, the quality of competition in NBA Summer League isn't exactly something to write home about, but nevertheless a player efficiency rating of 31.6 (anything over 30.0 is MVP-worthy) is pretty incredible. Paul's numbers still probably won't equate to a NBA roster spot, but his work ethic through injury has been admirable over the past few seasons. Perhaps a team will take a flyer on him to fill a reserve role if this production continues.

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