Posted by Drew Packham
LAS VEGAS — Quincy Pondexter is loving every minute of his first Summer League experience.
And why shouldn’t he? Pondexter, acquired by the Hornets in a Draft night trade with the Thunder, played well but admitted to being a little cautious playing alongside last year’s breakout rookies, Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton.
“Early in the week, I was taking a back seat,” said Pondexter, who played four seasons at Washington before being taken with the 26th pick. “I was a little starstruck of the whole thing, but at the same time I wanted to come out and compete really hard, so I had to get my feet wet and ease into the water a little bit.”
Pondexter had a solid five games in Las Vegas, averaging 15.2 points, boosted by a 26-point finale in the Hornets’ 101-93 loss to the Raptors on Saturday. Still, there’s one player who might make him even more starstruck.
“Playing with CP3, that’s gonna be crazy,” Pondexter said. “I’m a huge fan of him. I’m just glad I’m in this position I’m in.”