Butch, Taylor shine in NBA Summer League finales

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Four Badgers will compete in the 2012 NBA Summer League, with the hopes of earning an invitation to an NBA training camp this coming fall. Brian Butch, Marcus Landry, Kammron Taylor and recent graduate Jordan Taylor will look to showcase their talents in front of numerous NBA scouts and GMs during the five-game, two-week slate, which is set to begin Friday, July 13th at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Taylor ended his NBA Summer League experience with an eight-point, four-assist, three-rebound performance in the Hawks' 84-78 loss to the Portland Trailblazers Thursday night. Taylor garnered his first and only start in his final summer league contest, finishing the five game stretch with averages of 5.8 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds, including a 3.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Despite a 2-3 record in the summer league, Taylor's strong, consistent play during the five games bodes well as GMs evaluate the participants heading into training camp this fall.

Schedule (All times CT):
Game 1: Atlanta 102, Washington 82 - 17 mins, 7 pts, 1 stl, 1 ast, 1 TO 
Game 2: Atlanta 76, San Antonio 82 - 11 mins, 3 pts, 2 ast, 1 TO
Game 3: Atlanta 69, Boston 87 - 20 mins, 4 pts, 5 ast, 6 reb, 0 TO
Game 4: Atlanta 67, Dallas 61 - 16 mins, 7 pts, 2 ast, 3 rebs, 1 TO
Game 5: Atlanta 78, Portland 84 - 25 mins, 8 pts, 4 ast, 3 rebs, 1 TO
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Brian Butch (2004-08) - Milwaukee Bucks 
In his NBA Summer League finale, Butch garnered the most minutes off of the bench (18) and tallied nine points (4-for-8, 50.0 percent), eight rebounds and two blocked shots in the Bucks', 113-68, thrashing of the Chicago Bulls. Butch, who has spent time in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, also showed his stroke from beyond the arc, going 1-for-2 (50.0 percent) from three-point range. After his final contest, Butch averaged 5.6 points and 2.5 rebounds through three NBA Summer League games played. His previous experience, as well as his strong play toward the end of the summer league slate, bodes well for the former Badger heading into the evaluation period just before NBA training camp kicks off this fall.

Schedule (All times CT):
Game 1: Milwaukee 76, New Orleans 68 - 10 mins, 4 pts, 2 rebs
Game 4: Milwaukee 88, Boston 87 - 9 mins, 2 pts, 5 rebs, 1 blk
Game 5: Milwaukee 113, Chicago 68 - 18 mins, 9 pts, 8 rebs, 2 blks
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landry_suns_square.jpgMarcus Landry (2006-09) - Phoenix Suns 
Landry has made the most of his time in the 2012 NBA Summer League and did not disappoint in the Suns' final game, posting a 15-point effort in Phoenix's, 96-87, summer league finale victory over Memphis. In 25 minutes played, the former Badger went 5-for-10 (50.0 percent) from the field, including a 2-for-6 (33.3 percent) performance from beyond the arc. Landry finished the summer league averaging 12.2 points and 4.2 rebounds, while shooting nearly 40.0 percent from three-point range. Landry scored in double-figures all five games and was one of the most consistent free agents of the summer league. He will hope to see that consistency result in an invite to an NBA training camp this fall.

Schedule (All times CT):
Game 1: Phoenix 99, New York 74 - 20 mins, 12 pts, 5 rebs, 1 stl
Game 2: Phoenix 74, Cleveland 89 - 19 mins, 11 pts, 3 rebs
Game 3: Phoenix 61, New Orleans 78 - 28 mins, 11 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast
Game 4: Phoenix 75, NBA D-League 89 - 12 mins, 6 pts, 0 rebs, 0 ast
Game 5: Phoenix 96, Memphis 87 - 25 mins, 15 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast
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Kammron Taylor (2004-07) - Minnesota Timberwolves
Taylor was the final Badger to finish his summer league experience, tallying 15 points, three assists and three rebounds in the T'Wolves', 97-91, win over the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday night. Taylor got the start, going 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) from the field, and knocked down the game-clinching free throws, finishing 5-for-6 (83.3 percent) from the stripe. After seeing action in four of Minnesota's five summer league games, Taylor ended with averages of 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists, tallying highs in points (15) and assists (3) in his final game. 

Schedule (All times CT):
Game 1: Minnesota 73, LA Clippers 64 - 14 mins, 2 pts, 2 ast, 4 reb 
Game 3: Minnesota 78, Cleveland 65 - 18 mins, 12 pts, 2 ast, 3 rebs
Game 4: Minnesota 86, D-League 78 - 21 mins, 11 pts, 2 ast, 1 reb
Game 5: Minnesota 97, Memphis 91 - 22 mins, 15 pts, 3 ast, 3 rebs

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