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Williams, Schofield Show Out in Starts in NBA Summer League

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Two former Vol stars earned starts in the 2019 NBA Summer League on Tuesday, and both shined in their expanded roles.

Tennessee’s “peanut butter and jelly” duo of Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield both got starts for their respective teams in the NBA Summer League on Tuesday night, and both put up impressive performances.

Williams started for the Boston Celtics and played a team-high 29 and a half minutes. In those nearly 30 minutes of action, Williams almost got a double-double. He finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and also got two steals. He finished with a plus-16 in the plus/minus column, which was tops on the team.

With that plus-16, Williams built on an already impressive Summer League resume.

Williams shot 6-of-12 from the floor and made all four of his free throw attempts. He was 0-of-4 from three, which is really the only knock on his game from Tuesday night.

Schofield also got to start, coming in with the starting five for the Washington Wizards because Rui Hachimura sat. And Schofield didn’t waste his opportunity.

The former Vol played a team-high 26 and a half minutes and put up a team-high 16 points. Schofield also contributed five rebounds, and assist, and a block. He was efficient with his scoring, going 4-of-9 from the field and 1-of-4 from three. He got to the free throw line a lot, and he didn’t miss from the charity stripe. Schofield was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.

In three games with the Celtics so far this summer, Williams is averaging 23 minutes a game and is averaging 11.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals in those 23 minutes per game, and he’s made 12 0f of his 26 field goals (46.1 percent). In three games with the Wizards, Schofield is playing 21.7 minutes a game and is averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 0.7 assists while making 7 of his 18 field goals (38.9 percent).

Williams and Schofield weren’t the only former Vols to earn starts in the Summer League, though.

Jarnell Stokes has been playing with the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2019 NBA Summer League, and he started for Portland on Tuesday. He played just over 23 minutes and scored six points and grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds. He also contributed four assists and two blocks. He made two of his seven field goal attempts and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

In three games with the Trail Blazers this summer, Stokes is averaging 5.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.3 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game. He’s made six of his 15 field goal attempts (40.0 percent).

You can keep up with how all of Tennessee’s former players are doing in the 2019 NBA Summer League here.

Former Vol Jordan Bone will be in action at 3:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday when the Detroit Pistons take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Kyle Alexander and the Miami Heat will play at 7:00 PM on Wednesday as well. Williams, Schofield, and Stokes won’t take the court again until Thursday.

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