Summer League Day 1 Statistical Leaders
We all know what the Summer League does and doesn't mean, but I thought I'd post the statistical leaders from Day 1's action.
1. Andrew Nicholson - 24
2. Jared Sullinger - 20
3. Reggie Jackson - 19
3. Orlando Johnson - 19
5. Multiple players tied at 18
1. Andrew Nicholson - 12
2. Dionte Christmans - 10
2. Miles Plumlee - 10
4. Multiple players tied at 9
1. Malik Wayans - 10
2. Brandon Knight - 6
2. Lance Stephenson - 6
4. Marshawn Brooks - 4
4. Stephen Dennis - 4
Very happy for Jared Sullinger. It really sucks when your stock drops because of being red flagged due to injury. Really rooting for he and Perry Jones III.
lmao andrew nicholson lookin like kevin love out there
It gives you hope and a look at your recently drafted/young/vying for a roster spot prospects. However, the pace and general flow can give a lot of false hope. The mismatches at times are completely evident, yet sometimes they will make a player look a lot more ready than they really are. Think Sullinger and Nicholson both showed that they are ready, but as a whole most of these guys are going to take quite a bit of time.
Remember, Adam "the Stache" Morrison had a big time summer league as a rookie. I know Perry Jones looked really impressive at times, but he still finished with 16 points on 17 shots and settled for jumpers. The guy is incredibly skilled, was being guarded by players he could absolutely blow by, yet still showed that same apprehension (not to mention the tweets going around yesterday about his knees).
Andrew Nicholson and Jared Sullinger are both skilled, we knew this. They will probably both play rotation roles, still more than likely coming off of the bench behind more established veterans (could see both starting a few games). Overall though, most of these kids have a lot of growing pains to get by. I have to even give the 2nd year guys some slack, because they did not get a Summer League last season to at least go through the motions. Just have seen enough Summer League to know not to get to up or down on a prospect, more so look for signs of what their strengths are and if they are showing signs of overcoming or improving on the weaknesses.
Kanter laid a dud of a game. 3 pts on 1-7 shooting, w/ 5 rebs and 4 TOs. Drummond did a great job on him defensively though.
Drummond played pretty well from what I saw of the game today. Showed he can step in and be a shot-blocker immediately, and also drew a couple of charges. I think he's extremely valuable as a defender at the very least.
Seems to have fallen in love with the step-back over the summer, but hopefully he'll start banging in the paint by the time the season rolls around.
Improved a lot controlled the whole game and Added even more size. I was most impressed by him yesterday
Lance had a good game and he was always strong. But he looked a lot stronger yesterday. I hope he gets some playing time this year.
I feel games 2 and 3 mean more, personally. For many of these guys, this is their first professional game and for others it's maybe the 3rd or 4th game in the past year or two in which they've played over 15 minutes.
A good first game is a nice surprise, but I think the next couple mean more. Kanter and some others did lay a dud, but so did Marshawn Brooks who was a double digit scorer in the NBA last season.
I'll give Drummond his credit, though, the fact he didn't rack up 7 or 8 fouls surprised me and I think is a good sign for him as a defender.
MarShon Brooks isn't a good player. Very inefficient scorer, and doesn't have the strength and athleticism to match his style of play. Wasn't surprised to see him shoot 0-10 from the field. Dude has no conscience.
Although he isn't a picture of offensive effeciency, I'm not so quick to throw him under the bus. Many 2nd or 3rd year guys who have had success in the NBA roll into the summer league and chuck shots trying to drop 30 every night. This isn't a new phenominon.
43% shooting for a rookie guard is really not that bad. Of all the guards in the class of 2012 that played at least half of their team's games, Kyrie Irving had the best FG % at 47% and Brooks ranked 5th in his class. The best in his class was only 4% higher than him. Rookie guards are notorious for shooting terrible percentages and 43% for a rookie isn't that bad. It was better than Brandon Knight, Ricky Rubio, Iman Shumpert, Kemba Walker, Jimmer and others who aren't being thrown under the bus after their 1st Summer League game.
i know everyone think that playing well summer league preformens doesn't say much regarding NBA success, but i feel that with bigmans it give some more indication, both Andrew Nicholson and Jared Sullinger will be good players!
I'm really hoping that Jacob Pullen and Maalik Wayns play well this summer. Maybe they can get called in by a team to participate in training camp or something like that. I just think that they both can play in the NBA.
Also, I like what I saw from Singler today; he was a lot more aggressive attacking the rim and not being a spot-up shooter. I definitely think he can earn a spot in the rotation with Detroit; he might even beat out Daye as backup for Maggette.
Maalik Wayns looked really impressive yesterday. He controlled the tempo, was impossible to contain on the pick-and-roll, and didn't make many mistakes. He looked like a true pg, not at all looking to score unless he had the best shot available. I was very impressed by his transition offense and ability to run the pick and roll.
Orlando Johnson also looked good, attacking the rim very aggressively and showing a nice handle. I didn't see him play much in college, so it was nice to see him in the summer league. My biggest concern for him is whether he will continue to be able to finish at the rim effectively in NBA games, as he is a below-the-rim finisher.
From this list I see that Plumlee got 10 boards. Anyone watch that game? I don't think it was a bad
pick by Indy. Yeah, Perry Jones could be a steal but they already have Danny Granger and Paul George.
Plumlee gives the Pacers something they need, a 7 foot role player who can rebound and has great hops. He can play the
4 or 5. The Pacers were missing a backup center in the playoffs. When Hibbert was in they were kicking the Heat's butt, however when he
went out the Heat stormed back.
I think Plumlee and Pyscho T will be a good pairing off the bench, specializing in rebounds, intensity, toughness, and hustle. Similar to the way the Davis boys played.
Miles Plumlee imo looked excruciating on offense. I only saw the first half but it looks like he did much better in the 2nd.
Wizkid very rarely says anything positive about anyone unrelated to the Wizards. So often he only speaks up to point out negative things.
LOL so because I don't agree w/ people on a certain player means I shouldn't comment at all? I didn't know it was bad to have differing opinions.
And I don't say negative things about every player.
I didn't say you say negative things about every player nor did I say it was bad to have differing opinions.
Just thought I'd point out how I noticed a lot of your posts are negative about players - meaning you rarely say anything positive. Unless it's about a Wiz player ;-)
Look here for example... Summer League statistical leaders - then all you do is point out who "stunk it up" LOL - if you're not into congratulating much fine! No disrespect dude just an observation.
I was watching the Pacers game and Lance Stephenson really impressed me, he was unselfish yesterday, anfd he can also score the ball as well, I really think he can become a rotation player in this league really soon.
Good to hear on Lance Stephenson. I thought that the Pacers could have gone with Tony Wroten as a bigger guard that can create, but if Lance Stephenson improves he has a similar skill set.
Lance Stephenson has always shown relatively good shot selection and the tendency to make the right pass every time I've seen him play (even in garbage minutes), I'm not sure why he hasn't had consistent minutes opportunities, but my guess is his defensive deficiencies are the main reason he's being held back, with a bit of positional redundancy thrown in for good measure. Hill, Collison and now Barbosa all do similar things to Stephenson and are more experienced.
Hopefully this is the year Lance shows his stuff, I'll make sure to check him out against the Thunder to see how his D is progressing.
Who is Malik Wayns playin for? I think the guy is a pro. Example of a player going to be much better in the league than in college. I think he could be a 10 plus year guy as a good backup and spot starter.
Wayns is currently on the Nets summer league team. I think he would get an offer from another team if he keeps this up, as the Nets are set on Tyshawn Taylor and will probably get a vet to backup D-Will.
No, Wayns is with Orlando's Summer Leauge team.
Your comment made me remember just how bad the Pistons are haha