2008 NBA Summer League: Day 10
Timberwolves 111 Knicks 91
The Timberwolves, even without Kevin Love, were able to take the lead early on in the contest and cruise to an easy victory.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu was able to showcase his athleticism and post team leading 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Corey Brewer has not shown much improvement to his outside game, but he knows how to get his points in transition and off of scramble plays. His stat line was a respectable 10 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. Blake Ahern was able to cap off a nice run with a solid 16 point, 4 rebound performance.
For the lowly Knicks there were not many bright spots aside from the 23 point game put up by the newly signed Anthony Roberson. Roberson has played well through out the summer league, his quick release and nice touch from the outside will be welcomed in the Mike D’Antoni style of play.
Suns 88 Wizards 69
For a team filled with talent and actual rotation players such as the Wizards, it is hard to believe that they would finish with a 2-3 record and struggle to score more that 70 points against borderline level talent.
Once again the Suns were led by the duo of Alando Tucker and DJ Strawberry. Tucker finished with 25 points and Strawberry with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Both have had solid games throughout the summer and have show the skills necessary to become contributors for the Suns.
A surprise performance was put up by Judson Wallace, his 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals are even more impressive considering that he showed a nice outside touch, going 3-7 from deep and was also able to put the ball on the floor a couple times to get by the defender.
The Wizards seemed like they left Vegas early and the only guy that decided to show up was Dee Brown who had 10 points and 4 steals. The big 3 of Andray Blatche, Nick Young, and Dominic McGuire combined for 26 points on 9-24 shooting.
Bucks 88 Cavaliers 72
The Bucks finished a 4-1 week with another good game, having 6 guys in double digits, they blew the game open in the 2nd quarter and never looked back.
Joe Alexander scored 10 points in a limited 20 minutes, but he showed some nice things throughout the game. His improved handles make him difficult to match up with, because now bigger players have trouble staying infront of him and the smaller wings can’t handle his strength. He seems to have slowed down his game a little, letting the action come to him instead of forcing the issue every time he touched the ball. His stat line shows 3 assists, but he was able to find cutting teammates on a number of nifty passes that didn’t always get converted.
Luc Mbah a Moute was his usual aggressive self on the defensive end, but he showed that his offensive game is also coming along nicely. In college he was very passive, only getting junk points around the hoop, but yesterday he took it upon himself to get the ball on the wing and attack. He scored 11 points, going 5-6 from the charity stripe.
JJ Hickson once again had a good game, going for 24 points and 5 rebounds. His post game has already been talked about at length, but his quick 1st step and nice moves from the high post were also pleasant surprises. Romel Beck was able to string three straight worthy performances finishing with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Trail Blazers 78 Hornets 63
Jerryd Bayless did not play in this one fter being added to the USA Select team, but the Blazers were still able to take the victory thanks to the great game by JR Pinnock.
Without Bayless there, Pinnock was able to get 33 minutes of playing time, and he did not disappoint, going for 30 points, and 6 rebounds. He went 11-19 from the field, 4-5 from 3 and 4-4 from the charity stripe. He was able to score in a variety of ways, getting to the hoop, shooting midrange pull ups, as well as some very difficult contested fadeaways that consistently found their way to the bottom of the net.
Petteri Koponen finished with a subpar 10 points and 3 assists, but once again showed that his awkward and shifty first step combined with nice handles will allow him to get in the paint on a regular basis.
For the Hornets, Bobby Brown continues to impress going for 13 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds. His quickness and athleticism allow him to get to the hoop and finish with a variety of acrobatic moves. His court vision and decision making are also coming along nicely, but he still has to learn not to try and do too much all the time. He gets in trouble at times by overdribbling and forcing passes that just have no business being thrown.
Julian Wright had 12 points and 5 rebounds, his athleticism and explosiveness were on display once again, but he still has to learn how to play the game. His inability to read the defense, as well as take people off the dribble consistently will continue to limit him as an energy and transition type of player.
Rockets 98 Kings 91
In a well game played throughout, the Summer League came to a close. Spencer Hawes had a 3 point shot to tie it with 24 seconds, but he couldn’t convert and the Rockets ran away with it at the end.
Aaron Brooks finished with 20 points, 8 assists and 2 steals, and has continued to show the ability and potential that may make him a starter in the league at some point. His quickness and ball handling are superb, and his ability to split the trap coming off a screen as well as turn the corner on the defense makes him virtually unstoppable in certain situations.
Donte Greene continues to prove that he could turn out to be one of the steals of the draft, going for 22 points and showing a nice variety of moves off the dribble. Maarty Leunen lacks the athleticism and may not pass the visual test, but if he continues his heady play and continues to consistently knock down the outside jump shot, he may just be able to find himself on the Rockets roster. He had 21 points (5-11 from deep) and 7 rebounds.
Hawes finished with 22 points and 6 rebounds, scoring on a number of decent moves inside as well as showing his nice touch from the outside. Shelden Williams was also decent going for 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Jason Thompson has put two good games together, finishing with 21 points and 9 rebounds. His post game has a variety of moves and his great footwork and soft touch will allow him to do some damage from the outside as well.