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Stokes on fire in NBA Summer League

Posted on 12 July 2014 by Allen

Jarnell Stokes

Jarnell Stokes helped lead the Memphis Grizzlies to the championship game of the Orlando NBA Summer League, and the former Tennessee standout finished his summer with nearly a double-double average.

Stokes played in all five of Memphis’ summer league games and averaged 12.2 points and a team-best 9.4 rebounds. He finished as the league’s second-leading rebounder, behind only Kevin Jones of the Indiana Pacers (10.0 rpg).

The 6-9, 263-pound Stokes made four starts, logged nearly 27 minutes per contest and produced three double-doubles as the Grizzlies posted a 3-2 record.

The Grizzlies acquired Stokes during last month’s NBA Draft after he was initially selected 35th overall by the Utah Jazz.

Stokes’ proficiency at stuffing a stat sheet comes as little surprise to Vol fans, as the Memphis, Tenn., native posted 40 double-doubles during his three-year career on Rocky Top.

As a junior last season, Stokes tied basketball Hall of Famer Bernard King’s Tennessee single-season record for double-doubles with 22.

The Las Vegas portion of the NBA Summer League began Friday and includes three former Vols. Jordan McRae, a second-round draft pick last month, is with the Philadelphia 76ers. And former UT teammates Scotty Hopson (2009-11) and Renaldo Woolridge (2009-12) are playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively.

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