Jordan Hawkins drains three 3s as Pelicans lose to Timberwolves in Summer League opener

Jordan Hawkins drains three 3s as Pelicans lose to Timberwolves in Summer League opener
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Midway through the second quarter, E.J. Liddell dribbled toward his right and sliced into the lane. He threw up a floater that dropped through the net. It was his first basket in almost a year.

Liddell tore the ACL in his right knee last summer in Las Vegas. He has spent the past 12 months recovering from that injury, and he said he did not start playing 5-on-5 again until last month.

“I’ve got to build that confidence back up,” Liddell said. “Going in the lane. Taking off in traffic. That’s normal when you come back from injury.”

Liddell scored nine points in 19 minutes. It was a solid performance from the 2022 second-round pick out of Ohio State, who on Thursday was promoted from a two-way contract to New Orleans’ 15-man roster.

The New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-88 in their first of five games they will play at Summer League. The Pelicans could not overcome their turnover issues. They committed a whopping 29 of them.

Here are three observations from Friday’s game:

Dyson looks good

On the first possession of the game, Dyson Daniels intercepted a pass and took off the opposite way for an easy basket. It was the start of a strong all-around performance from the 6-foot-8 guard, who was the No. 8 pick in the 2022 draft.

Daniels scored 18 points (6 of 14 from the floor) and got his hands on four steals. He did not shoot well from 3 (0 of 4) but still found ways to affect the game elsewhere.

Daniels looked aggressive attacking the rim. He converted 6 of 8 foul shots.

He shined the most on defense, however. Daniels is a big guard with strength and anticipation skills. He should help the Pelicans generate a lot of turnovers next season.

Shooter

Jordan Hawkins was drafted to do one thing: shoot. Pelicans general manager Trajan Langdon said after draft night that he felt the 6-foot-5 guard from Connecticut was the “best shooter in the draft.”

In his Summer League debut, Hawkins got up 10 3-pointers in 29 minutes. He made three of them. Hawkins never hesitated — a positive sign for a player the Pelicans are hopeful can be a floor-spacer for them.

Hawkins finished with 16 points. He would have cracked the 20-point mark if not for an uncharacteristic poor outing at the free-throw line. Hawkins converted 1 of 6 free throws. Don’t expect repeat performances. Hawkins was an 87.2% foul shooter in college.

Turnover woes

The Pelicans lost to the Timberwolves because of sloppy offense. They had 29 turnovers in the 40-minute game. Guard Dereon Seabron was responsible for seven turnovers, while Daniels had four — not ideal numbers from a starting backcourt. Seabron is an attack-minded guard who averaged 18.4 points in the G League last season. The Pelicans will need more under-control performances moving forward.

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