Jazz guard Elijah Hughes is concentrating on his defense during the team’s summer league play this month, as relayed by Sarah Todd of the Deseret News. Hughes is in the midst of his first-ever summer league stint with the franchise.
“The typical Syracuse stigma is that guys don’t play defense and guys can’t guard, so I want to break that stigma,” Hughes explained. “Also I have a lot of pride. I want to hold my own. If people are trying to get me on switches, I want to be able to hold my own.”
Hughes, 23, was drafted with the No. 39 overall pick last December and is under contract entering next season. He appeared in 18 games this past season, albeit for a total of 64 minutes.
“Eli has a big body, and for him it’s learning to play angles defensively,” Jazz summer league coach Bryan Bailey said. “If he continues to learn to play angles and cut guys off with his size, he’ll be a good defender.”
Here are some other notes from the Western Conference tonight:
- Rockets guard Armoni Brooks has returned from the league’s health and safety protocols, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle writes. Brooks is playing summer league with Houston, coming off a strong 20-game stint with the team last season.
- The Rockets‘ rookies have brought a breath of fresh air this month, Feigen writes in a separate article for the Houston Chronicle. The team’s rookie class is led by No. 2 pick Jalen Green, who had an impressive summer league stint before getting shut down due to hamstring soreness.
- Christian Clark of NOLA.com examines the career paths of Kira Lewis Jr. and Herbert Jones, who are now teammates with the Pelicans. Lewis is coming off his rookie season, while Jones was drafted by New Orleans with the No. 35 pick last month.