ORLANDO -- It may not have been an NBA regular- season game at the RDV Sportsplex practice facility in Orlando on Monday, but Marreese Speights demonstrated why he earned valuable minutes for the Philadelphia 76ers this past season.
The former University of Florida standout flourished in his return home to his native state with 28 points and 11 rebounds, but the Nets/Sixers couldn't overcome the Indiana Pacers in a 75-67 overtime defeat in the first game of the 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League.
"I feel really good about myself," Speights said.
Speights, nonetheless, wasn't the only rising player to prosper. New Jersey's Chris Douglas-Roberts, who is expected to compete with newcomer Courtney Lee and rookie Terrence Williams for the starting shooting guard role in 2009-10, contributed 20 points.
Notable 2009 NBA Draft first-round selections, Tyler Hansbrough and Jrue Holiday, each showed promise in their professional debuts for their respective teams.
Despite committing four fouls in the first half, Hansbrough, the all-time scoring leader in the ACC, posted a team-high 17 points for Indiana. Holiday, meanwhile, who played just one season at UCLA, collected nine points and two assists for NJ/Philadelphia.
Other noteworthy performers from the opener included Brandon Rush, who won a national championship in his final year at Kansas. The Pacers' 6-6 guard recorded 15 points.
His teammate Roy Hibbert muscled in 12 points and UConn product A.J. Price had eight.