Houston v. Philly Summer League Thoughts
Summer League Summary !
Terrence Jones looked pretty good. He led Houston with 24 pts and 12 boards. He’s still a bit of a tweener, but more of a PF than anything, and his perimeter game looks like it has improved only moderately, but he was aggressive in the rugged, foul heavy summer league. He’s very strong and made a bunch of difficult shots through contact, and showed a strong left hand jump hook. Looked really good attacking the rim. His shooting fundamentals need improvement (he shoots with a narrow base). Pretty much a straight-line slasher, but did slash to his right hand better than usual as a natural lefty. Still not much of a passer. He seemed more NBA ready than anyone else on Houston, but he still has some fundamental aspects of his game that need work before he’s ready for extended minutes.
Pat Beverley was the same defensive pest that he is in the NBA. He’s very quick and mostly did a solid job running the team. Made life tough for Carter-Williams with his pressure D. Can be a bit wild and did pick up 7 fouls. Very energetic. Likes to look to score and still is learning to be a PG.
James Anderson was average. Got to the foul line and is pretty good when there. Didn’t make his jumpers this game, but did try to get to the rim.
Greg Smith has some good and bad. Good shotblocker. Has very good hands and will catch just about anything. Alright athleticism and an NBA body. But his post game is still a work in progress. His free throw form has a lot of wasted motion and leaves most of his shots short.
Tyler Honeycutt was modest. Still very thin. Made some good passes and has good explosiveness in terms of leaping and speed running the floor. Jump shot needs work. Also has a loose handle. Still too weak for NBA minutes.
Robert Covington struggled with his shot the entire game, and didn’t really do much besides that to alleviate his shooting struggles. Not the most physical player. Isnt very effective when his shot isnt falling. Doesn’t seem like an NBA player.
Jack Cooley from Notre Dame was out there. He plays physical and got a few offensive rebounds that led to him scoring. Throws his body around down low.
Michael Carter-Williams showed his talent but also shows the things he must work on, given that he will likely be asked to produce immediate for a rebuilding Philly squad. Carter-Williams looks like a SG physically, and he is a rangy, long striding athlete, and was able to at times simply use his physical tools to get baskets. Was pretty aggressive looking for his shots. Finds the way to the rim and to the foul line. Rebounds well as you’d expect from a bigger guard. His shot doesn’t look bad, just needs to work on being consistent with it and putting in work to develop it. Pat Beverley and Casper Ware really pressured him into a lot of turnovers and mistakes, they brought traps in his direction (probably wont see that much in the NBA). Needs to be stronger with the ball. Shot selection was not very good at all often times, probably because he plays on a squad with little shot creators. Plays with instincts and made some good plays on both ends that speak to his potential. He really could be a very nice NBA player in time.
Rodney Williams made a good amount of athletic, above the rim plays for Philly. Good shot blocker for a wing. Not a skilled scorer or a shot creator. Ball-handling ability and jump shot are below par. Looks like an NBA swingman, plays like a PF transitioning to the wing.
Khaliff Wyatt from Temple was out there. He was aggressive, but he struggled and missed a bunch of shots. Made some nice passes and hit a few shots though. Pretty strong for a wing. Not very athletic.
Michael Eric was a big body for them. Looks like an NBA C. Not very skilled, but physically gifted and will block shots and can covert bunnies at the hoop.
Arnett Moultrie didn’t show much. He rebounds OK but he plays a bit apathetic on offense and defensively.
James Southerland, usually a sharpshooter, wasn’t impressive. They freed him up for some shots, but he didn’t make many of them.
Kazemi from Oregon looks a bit too unathletic for the NBA.
DJ Cooper is quick and he made his jumpers, but he’s a liability on defense due to his diminuitive 5’10 170 lb build.
Micheal Carter Williams had some impressive stats in the game 26 pts/7 rbs/8 asts.......But he also showed the same problems he displayed at Syracuse and that was his erratic shooting and high turnovers..
He shoot 8-23 fg & 0-6 beyond the arc and had 9 turnovers..And his team was -4 when he was on the floor....I see why Philly was so high on him..He does have great upside,but he needs a veteran point guard to teach on him the finer points of the game..Becuz he has the talent to become 1 of the few stars from this draft....
When i saw Covington play in 2011, i thought he could become 1 of those player from a small school that ends up a very good nba player..But he disapointed me last season..He became 1 dimensional..I doubt if he makes a club this season..He might have to spend some time in the D- League to get comfortable with the nba enviroment and to work on a few things......
JNix i know i Draft is over..But it'll be interesting to see your Analysis on the TOP Prospects...Maybe u can post the Rest of them if you completed it..I think you stopped on 28 or 29..I Know alot of other posters might want to see it also...THANKX