Comparing Muhammad's Summer League to McCullom, McLemore, and Porter
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CJ McCollum, Trail Blazers
21 PPG, 4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 36.6 FG%, 31 3P%
Ben McLemore, Kings
15.8 PPG, 5 RPG, 0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 19.4 3P%
Shabazz Muhammad, Timberwolves
8.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.8 APG, 41 FG%, 38 3P%
Otto Porter, Wizards
6.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1 APG, 30 FG%, 0.0 3P%
Summer league is not everything, but it does mean something. Their summer league stats won't translate exactly to the NBA. The value of Summer league is that it accentuates strengths and weaknesses.
It has to scare Wizard fans that Porter struggled like he did, even with his 'injury.'
It was obvious that the Kings and Blazers tried to make McLemore and McCullom the center of their summer league offenses. Both forced the issue a lot. Sometimes they looked really good, but other times they struggled. A look at their field goal percentage is a little disconcerting. How well will they do against NBA defenses? Will they be better next to other solid NBA players?
I know Bazz didn't put up huge numbers, but he was more efficient than the other players. Next to Love, Rubio, Pek, and Martin, he won't be asked to score a 20 PPG (yet). In the regular season, he can do exactly what he did in summer league: shoot threes, stretch the floor, pick his opportunities to score, and learn to play defense. I think Minnesota is the perfect place for Bazz to develop.
To include those who I thought excelled as well, which were Olynyk and Oladipo and Bullock
19.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5 APG, 37.5% FPG, 53.8 3P%
24.5 MPG, 18.0 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.8 SPG, 57.8% FG
18.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.2 APG, 42 FG%, 28 3P%
I thought they were most impressive.
I am very happy that Olynyk was able to play well and display some of his offensive skillsets in the summer league. Coming from the same hometown makes me even more proud of this guy. Now, it's only the summer league, but I think he can get some solid minutes in Boston to show that he can play and belongs in this league
I've never seen him as aggressive as he was in the Summer League. Bill Self practically begged him to shoot the ball more. I don't we need to worry about his field goal percentage, we know he is a great shooter. He did not get worse since the college season. He also showed me that he can find good looks. I was worried that Ben was going to have trouble finding open looks and there were very little shots that I thought were bad looks. At KU, the most shots he took in a game was 18. Ben had 2 games in the Summer League where he took more than 18 shots. Even though he was the main part of the offense for the Kings, that's saying a lot. Ben was also the main part of the offense for KU. He still showed that he can take over games and his aggressiveness, the number 1 thing scouts criticized him for, was reassuring.
if mclemore can tighten up his handle hes gnna be a nice scorer and player.. same with Shabazz
Cj delivered what you would expect. Shabazz showed why his stock dropped. Porter was the real disappointment given where he was selected. Cody Zeller should get a mention as he was outstanding after a soft first outing. Summer Ball isn't the end all be all, but see can see why there was caution around some guys. Both Atlanta Intl kids looked pretty good.
My guess on McLemore id that his rookie season will look a lot like this summer - 25 one night, 5 the next - "averaging" 15. The Kings are going to be bad. As far as Muhammad, you have to wait to see him with Rubio. His handle is weak, so he will have to get open in spots and on cuts. Rubio is the kind of guard that can get a ball through a crease. It just might work.
Can you honestly say that, but at the same time name the players on their roster? I'm concerned for the lack of discretion used at times on this site. Do I expect the Kings to be in the playoffs? Highly unlikely but the starting five this year will be totally different from years past. To prove it to you the only member left from last years starting five is Cousin's. They much more well rounded and are looking for ball movement and defense with Cousin's as the centerpointe of the offense. Don't underestimate a well balanced starting five. The Kings also have decent back up as well.
Until proven otherwise, any team centered around Cousins is destined to struggle. Similarly, any team with a roster that is still largely in flux will likely struggle. The Kings are in a mgt / ownership transition. None of that adds up to anything other than bad in the NBA next year.
Came from Georgetown which runs as Princeton-type ball movement offense. He is best in a team setting and summer league is the exact opposite of that. Summer league ball isn't the way he is made to play and (more so than any other player in this draft) Otto will always play better with better teammates and worse with worse teammates because he is a glue guy type player, not a one on one player.
Not a great fan of McLemore, but I clearly see his number getting better once he's not asked to be the go to guy and the main and only offensive option of his team. He's not great creating off the dribble, he's not a great iso scorer, but he shoots very well and is good in transition so if he's not asked to do too much (that is likely, playing with Cousins, Thornton, Vasquez) I think he's going to be quite an efficient scorer. I'm not too sold on his superstar/all star upside, but that's just another story.
McCollum can be really effective coming out of the bench and providing instant offense off the bench and even playing some minutes with Lillard on small lineups. I think he's the most ready of the group and the one I would pick as the safest bet for the rookie season. I see him producing fairly well from the bench, though not necessarily with great percentages, considering he'll be often playing with the ball in his hand, creating for himself and the fact that his shooting selection still needs work.
Porter it's pretty tough to judge, but I think he really doesn't fit in the summer league game style. So let's just wait and see.
Muhammad struggled in scoring, but showed he has Nba 3 point range (small sample though) and did many little things that doesn't end up in the stat sheets. He really needs that because he's not getting so many possessions and shots as he used to in college and high school. Still I'm afraid he ended up in the wrong place with T-Wolves having lots of players on the wing. He has to compete with K-Mart, Budinger, Williams, Brewer, Shved for some playing time and while none of them is great, they're all pretty good. Also I don't know if he's the kind of player Rick Adelman likes but I have lots of doubts.
I still think shabazz will be a rich mans kevin martin as in he has a higher ceiling., both are good off the ball, neither are super athletic and in a 2 to 3 years shabazz will have improved his shooting enough to get 18 to 20 points per game and provide solid defense and solid rebounding at the SG which is all Minnesota could have hoped for with him
God, look at those rebound and assist numbers for Shabazz. He is truly one dimensional and it is very questionable if he is going to be any good at even that.
Why do you think Shabazz is going to be solid at rebounding as compared to other SGs who already rebound?