Former Gonzaga Bulldogs point guard Andrew Nembhard made his NBA summer league debut on Friday evening for the Indiana Pacers in their win over the Charlotte Hornets.
While Nembhard’s line and highlights didn’t captivate NBA fans the way Chet Holmgren’s debut did, he still had a very solid performance – a performance that showcased a little bit of everything he has to offer at the next level.
Nembhard played about 24 minutes for Indiana, finishing with five points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one blocked shot.
However, he only shot 2-6 from the field, including just 1-5 from inside the arc. He did knock down his only three point attempt late in the game, a promising sign as he works to prove his improvements as an outside shooter from his final season at Gonzaga are here to stay.
Nembhard has a clearer path to playing time in Indiana after the team traded Malcolm Brogdon to Boston shortly after the draft, but he’ll still need to prove himself with a strong summer league performance if he wants to begin the season in a consistent role with the Pacers.
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